I saw this interesting critique of the SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) programs:
It's interesting, as it suggests that using the radio approach might not be the best way to look for aliens. So I thought, in addition to the other
types of searches mentioned there, whether or not it'd also be useful to search for alien life by looking at reports of UFOs.
The reasoning is simple: If an alien spacecraft visited Earth, it would likely be filed off as a UFO, considering that's what it'd appear like (the
odds of any alien device looking just like one of our craft are next to zero.). Note this does not prove UFOs ARE alien spacecraft, or that there has
been a UFO sighting that is of an alien spacecraft. It's just to point out a possibility, and where you'd have to look to explore it.
So my idea would be to try digging at the UFO reports and looking for anything that would be interesting, as well as possibly setting up some sort of
UFO investigation program with good scientists who know scientific method and also how to minimize their chances of being fooled, and who can, if they
do get fooled, admit and correct their error. Some scientists may scoff due to all the "theories
" that have been put forward by "amateur"
researchers -- especially the really wild claims ranging from "contactees" to stuff supposedly obtained via "psychic" and other pseudoscientific
means (why attempt to gather data through phenomena whose mere existence
is questionable?), plus all the "conspiracy" claims and so on. But
if that's the problem, then why not just throw all that out? You don't need everyone's "theories
" on UFOs to do UFOlogy, and if one wants
UFOlogy, then perhaps that should be done.
No doubt that most UFOs will likely turn out to be something ordinary. But that should not deter the search, after all the possibility of false
signals and ordinary signals coming over the Radio-SETI system didn't stop that. Considering that little attention has been given to the subject, one
can't necessarily say the lack of good positive results so far is necessarily indicative of anything, esp. considering the seeming bias of scientists
against the whole thing.
Some say it can't work because it's physically laughable that aliens could travel here, because you can't go faster than light, "warp drive"
can't work for reason X, or whatever. But who's to say there's not some still-unknown method to do it? Who's to say our physics is it, and we only
have minor tweaks left to make to it? Just remember what happened back in the 19th Century when we thought we had it all down and pat with Newton's
mechanics and Maxwell's EM, and then along came Einstein, Planck, etc. with Relativity and Quantum Mechanics and blew all that away. Who knows
And finally, there are other ways UFOs could get here even without faster than light: consider unmanned "Von Neumann probes", for example. A
self-reproducing probe that, due to its mechanical nature, could last for centuries or millennia, and due to its replicating nature, could visit many
many planets. Note the mention of "computer science" and "AI" fields in the SETI critique page, and how such things might be relevant to searches.
Perhaps they could be here, as well. And an AI probe could look like an "intelligently controlled" UFO, too -- after all it's (a)rtificial
(i)ntelligence. The possibility of such probes has been mentioned before, and their apparent lack of being seen considered "puzzling" and is part of
the famous "Fermi Paradox" problem. But what if they have, and we just wrote them off as a UFO?
And even if no alien stuff comes out of the UFO-SETI program, scientific ufology may still potentially uncover unknown natural phenomena or other
things of interest.
What do you think?
[edit on 18-11-2009 by mike3]
[edit on 18-11-2009 by mike3]