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1) While in Woodstock, New York, (1996) I witnessed A large Black mass that had small lights all throughout it, as it moved over myself and a friend towards the horizon. We had snuck out to a party, (I was sober) and were hanging out in a field. It was two to three football fields in length, and dead quiet. We were so scared we went home. Later, I had a real feeling of loss, like I should have not been scared and missed a real opportunity.
For anything that's even mildly advanced and is from a non-terrestrial source, to be of value we'd need a lot more than the final device.
Even technology merely 10e4 years in advance of ours might be nearly impossible to understand, let alone disassemble safely and engineer.
Having the final device or technology or a crashed (even if still functional) propulsion system is only marginally helpful in a majority of cases. For instance what good would a microchip do if we hadn't already mastered the electromagnetic energy spectrum? The majority of the time just trying to disassemble a technology will destroy it, and highly advanced technology (such as a nuclear reactor) might not be abe to be disassembled by a more primitive species.
What's more important to have and understand are the Production Methods, not the final device.
The analogy of a 17th century scientist receiving a 21st century laptop
is an unfair one to make because if we do have alien craft to take apart,
we 21st century people have at least an UNDERSTANDING of the concepts
of time, space, field effects, quantum mechanics, nano-technologies,
multi-dimensional physics, etc.
We can at least conceive and wrap ourselves around the fact that our
universe is probably multi-dimensional in nature and that there are high
probabilities of the existence on multi-force/Zero Point Energy propulsion
physics and technologies that are Faster Than Light.
A 17th century person has NO CONCEPT AT ALL of any of this!