posted on Jun, 8 2009 @ 08:14 AM
In the year 1714, the Swedish mystic Emanual Swedenborg, who claimed to be in contact with "beings from other planets" drew a sketch of a
Historians have acknowledged this as the first sketch of aircraft-machinery. His ideas were ridiculed by Skeptics of his age. In addressing such
Skeptics Swedenborg once said:
The art of flying is hardly yet born. It will be perfected and some day people will fly up to the moon. Do we pretend to have discovered
everything, or to have brought our knowledge to a point where nothing can be added to it? Oh, for mercy's sake, let us agree that there is still
something left for the ages to come!
Swedenborg also proposed other devices and inventions which were way ahead of his time:
In the field of biology, Swedenborg stressed on the importance of cerebral cortex. Apart from these, he drew feasible sketches of futuristic
machines, including an airplane, a submarine, a steam engine, an air gun and a slow-combustion stove
He was not only under attack from the scientific establishment but also the religious establishment of the times. In 1769 he was charged with
for his ideas.
Dean Ekebom, the ranking prelate, announced that he found Swedenborg's doctrines to be "corrupting, heretical, injurious, and in the highest
degree objectionable." Although he confessed that he had not read any works other than the Apocalypse Revealed with any care, he concluded that
Swedenborg's views on the nature of the Divine, the Bible, the Holy Supper, faith, and other basic teachings should be suppressed as dangerous to
established religious concepts.
Swedenborg started out as a scientist but became a mystic later in his life because he began believing that scientific rationalism is limited and that
higher knowledge comes from intuition, higher sources and "angelic beings"
Swedenborgs Life on other Planets
provides detailed descriptions
of various extraterrestrial races, including those on the Planets of our solar-system. Skeptics point out that we`ve been to Mars, Venus, etc. and
found that there is no life on them. According to Swedenborg, the life on some of these planets does not exist on the same "dimensional plane" as
our earths...and may therefore remain invisible to the physical eyes.
Apart from his "futuristic visions" Swedenborg also contributed several scientific inventions and literary works of spiritual nature.
From this case we can deduce:
* The "Contactee" phenomenon did not start in the 1950s
* Just like today, both exaggerated materialism and Skepticism and religious fanaticism sought to suppress visionary exploration.
* The first sketch of a flying saucer came from someone who claimed to be in contact with extraterrestrials.
[edit on 8-6-2009 by Skyfloating]