I’ve always been fascinated with Astronomy. As a teenager I helped put together a monthly astronomer’s newsletter supported by the Griffith Park Observatory in Southern California and meant for amateur enthusiasts. When I got to college my interests took a different turn, but I retained my curiosity about the stars. That there is life on other planets is a premise I have never doubted. The probability of our being alone in the universe is too astronomically high to accept. As for flying saucers and intergalactic travelers, the odds against them are also astronomically high. Still many cling to a belief in cosmic visitors, so I wasn’t surprised when I came upon a web story that purported a 10 mile long spacecraft resides on the dark side of the moon. (Click here)
In response, the author of the article, Dr. Michael E. Salla, has originated a course in exopolitics: the study of extraterrestrial life and its political implications. He has 4 self published books on this and related subjects and is currently a researcher-in-residence at the Center for Global Peace. Dr. Salla has had other academic appointments, primarily as an adjunct teacher but appears to possess no scientific credentials. He is best described as someone interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life and who is willing to devote time to contemplating how interaction between us and them would affect our world. Maybe someone should think about that as we’ve done a poor job of interacting among ourselves.
But we needn’t look to extraterrestrial space craft to find wonder in our universe. Scientists have announced some astounding discoveries, though the media has failed to make little of them. Teleportation on a small scale is now possible, for example. On a very small scale, I must emphasize. We have yet to find a way to beam ourselves aboard the star ship Enterprise or escape Davenport, Iowa for the sunny beaches in France. Nonetheless, the discovery is likely to have a dramatic impact on the speed with which we transport information across the internet — a feat which would be earth changing enough. (Click here)
Equally fascinating is the discovery of a particle that was predicted to exist as far back as 1937. What’s extraordinary about this particle is its ability to adapt to mater and anti matter without annihilating itself. Again, this is knowledge that will impact the world of computing. Information currently passed along by a series of ones and zeros will go extinct because the newly discovered particle can behave as ones and zeros simultaneously (qbits)– behavior which will take computing into the quantum world. (Click here)
While Dr. Salla speculates on the possibility of a star ship on the moon, science is laying real wonders at our feet. Given what we know about the world around us, it’s seems an understatement to say, “Life’s pretty amazing.”