Sorry if this doesn't justify a new thread, but I think this just might be worth an entirely new branch of "research", and I didn't want it to
get lost in all the bickering of the other threads.
I was just watching the movie Contact again last night, and a number of things struck me that suggest the [alleged] drone hoax was inspired by it, at
least in part. The reason this is important is that if we can establish enough of a "link" between the movie (or any other movie/book/whatever, for
that matter) and these documents/sightings, it might be easier to assert that, in fact, this is the creation of human minds, rather than genuine ET
I think proving a link between Isaac and a pre-existing work of fiction serves the same purpose as proving a viral marketing link, but is much more
likely than the viral explanation.
Here's what I've found so far. I might watch it again in a few days when I get some more free time and look for more:
(Spoilers below, obviously)
1) In the movie, the researchers receive a message from Vega that's ultimately decoded into an elaborate sequence of characters, curves, and lines.
It's displayed in the movie as stark black on white, and look VERY similar to me. I don't think the Isaac guys copied them so much as they were
heavily inspired by them, and then put their own spin on it.
2) In both the film and the Isaac documents, a central theme is the continual struggle to decode the meaning of the language.
3) In the film, a breakthrough is made when a "primer" is discovered within the message, which allows them to finally decode it. The film makes very
heavy and prominent use of this term. Sure enough, the document Isaac provides that was used as an introduction to the subject of the language among
PACL employees (or whomever), is referred to as the Language Analysis Primer
4) This one cracks me up: in the film, in TWO separate scenes, Dr. Drumlin is talking to the press about a sensor-loaded humanoid dummy they use
during their experiments to test the interior of the machine before putting a real human inside. In BOTH scenes he refers to the dummy by saying:
"Who we lovingly call 'Elmer'".
Then, in Isaac's letter, when he's talking about the PACL facility:
"...facility called the Palo Alto CARET Laboratory (PACL, lovingly pronounced “packle” during my time there)."
5) Both the film and Isaac's story revolve around civilian researchers stuck in the middle of government/military bureaucracy. In both stories, the
government/military CLEARLY don't want the civilians involved, but begrudgingly allow it because of their skills as researchers. Also, in both
stories, the civilians are repeatedly frustrated by the lack of freedom and control they're given.
6) This one I admit is a stretch, but: in the film, the "primer" is both found inside
the message, and used to decode
the message. In
other words, the message provides the means of its own decoding. While I admit this is tenuous, it reminds me to some degree of how Isaac's language
can execute itself. I don't consider this to be a smoking gun or anything, obviously, but it's another detail that might have been on their mind as
they were concocting this.
7) Both the Contact film and the Isaac/drone saga have a penchant for extremely complex machines with a predominantly radial/circular design. The
machine built in the movie, while (IMO) a bit more elegant and interesting than the drones/artifacts, is still EXTREMELY complex and looks more human
than it does alien. It isn't just a simple, smooth sphere or something. It's a gigantic contraption with tons of moving parts.
8) They both make effective use of CG. (Just kidding... kinda
[edit on 31-7-2007 by alevar]