This interesting bit appeared, recently, on NIDSCI's 'what's new' page...
er, well, I meant to link to it, here, but My home computer has decided not to do what my selfless work machine will do. So... let me give you a
Go to the above page and click onto the paper about 'Brane Worlds...' (don't worry, that's not a mispelling, but a phrase). The author, a woman
from spain, is dealing with perhaps the greatest argument against Ets.. that, namely, if they did exist we would have evidence of their civilization
all around us, due to the amount of time the universe has existed...... To deal with this challenge, she theorizes that aliens, in fact, DO have a
civilization that enwraps us... however, we cannot perceive it yet, in the same manner that gorillas cannot perceive the totality of human
civilization, because we cannot RECOGNIZE the alien influences around us.
This is a variant of the old 'The aliens are watching us like Goodall does the Chimps' theory on ET life (and why we haven't been directly
contacted), but, with the inclusion of issues such as the nature of civilization and citizenship, the paper steps beyond that and nearly asks
questions about what archeaologists refer to as 'diffusionism'. Essentially, though the paper says that we ARE apart of a galactic civilization...
though not citizens within it... It's made me think about how ideas from 'on high' may have filtered into our religions and philosophies...
perhaps on accident... and, so, we MAY be participants in a galactic cultural tradition without even realizing it (just as pre-classical Greeks drew
the psychologically alien and un-greek god Dionysus from barbarians from the Scythian steppes... without realizing that they had adopted a truly
Yes, this post is a little confusing... but, put simply, might we be a functional part of what may be considered 'galactic culture' without even
knowing it? Read the paper... It will make this post make more sense....
[Edited on 26-8-2003 by onlyinmydreams]