reply to post by CaptainLJB
Thanks for the comments. Yes, you're right, science fiction is fiction until science catches up with fiction. When it is established that certain
groups retain knowledge and technology from others for their exclusive use, then we will see a technological gap. To some this is called "Competitive
Advantage". What this means is that groups are in competition with one another. For this reason, for many centuries and even thousands of years
groups have kept knowledge SECRET.
It has been called "Hermetic Knowledge" because it is kept hermetically sealed from the minds of others. Information is encrypted, encoded,
transmitted through special initiation, it relies upon blood oaths associated with death threats for any who might leak information. Its modern
corollary is through the "Secret" Service and Intelligence Agencies. They also have blood oaths and non disclosure associated with "extreme
prejudice" which means death by torture for whomever speaks out.
Knowledge, and hence science and technology, have been kept out of our reach for eons. This might be one reason that the Library of Alexandria was
burned down. It is possibly why many secret societies have kept their "lore" veiled in the deepest secrecy, with only morsels revealed slowly and
bit by bit to the highest members and with certain top level members tasked with guarding from all others the keys to knowledge. This is also why much
has been compartimentalized, on a need to know basis, to ensure that all anyone can see is a part of a fragmented puzzle, destructured in such a way
as to prevent anyone from understanding what it amounts to.
Here is where the Vatican comes in. For it has taken charge of all the Secrets of Ancient Rome, of each and every one of its Colonies, of those
gathered and assembled by its members from the many noble families of Europe and initiates turned Catholic from elsewhere. It has absorbed many
peoples and organizations, it has coopted knowledgeable people from all walks of life, it has transacted information whenever useful and thus gained
access to whatever might be useful, it has set up a network of Jesuits who were the first organized global secret service since the 16th century, it
has used the confessional and deathbed confessions to increase intelligence gathering, and it has kept aside all data in secret air tight vacuum
vaults in the Vatican Library.
If anyone has "advanced technology" so far beyond our own to be called Sci-Fi, then it is more likely that it might be the Vatican rather than the
US Military Intelligence Black Ops? Just throwing that idea out there. I'd imagine that they would be - more than anyone due to their field of
endeavor - most interested in the Human Soul and ways in which it might be injected into a Cloned body. Also this is just speculation on my part,
since I have no access to the vast amounts of highly protected Secret Data kept locked up in the Vatican Library said to contain the knowledge of
Humanity plus much more...