posted on Apr, 10 2006 @ 02:15 AM
I doubt such societies exist.
In order to advance space exploration, you need more than minds, you need resources, which means you need money. Frankly, have you seen what engineers
make, let alone scientist?
The only secret science societiy I know of is a fictional society which was advanced outside of its fictional content by Leo Szilard. He was a
protagonis for The Open Conspiracy: a semi-secret society of scientist who discussed and controlled the political spectrum and aspects of the world
and nations; a semi-secret governing body.
He thought scientist would make the best politicians becuase scientist are not concerned with material greed and their own personal agendas unlike
politicians. He thought scientist were the most rational, logcial and best decision makers and therefore would make the best politicians.
Not surprisingly (for me) he was the strong voice behind the contingency to not deploy the collmination of the Manhattan project on Japan. He felt
strongly that it would give too much away. There were also scientist before the Manhattan project who felt that their research and the research of
others would serve the best interest of the world if it were not published.
He thought if the US were to show the world that it possesed such technology and a weapon so openly, that other countries, namely the Soviet Union at
the time, would pursue their own agenda in aquiring such technology and a weapon much more ambitously than if the US were not to use the atomic bomb.
Keeping such a secret would only ensure in all likelyhood a larget time frame for the US to be the only nation in possesion of such a device.