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“The Search for Techno-Artifacts” From an Earlier Civilization in the Solar System

May 2, 2020                             (dailygalaxy.com)

• In his 2016 study, ‘Prior Indigenous Technological Species’, Penn State’s Jason Wright discussed possible origins and locations for “technosignatures” of a technological species’ civilization that could have existed in the solar system prior to humanity’s rise on Earth, or on nearby planets Venus and Mars. “From a purely scientific standpoint, it’s a perfectly reasonable question to ask whether life may have existed elsewhere in the Solar System, or does today,” said Wright, who is also a member of the ‘Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds’ at Penn State.

• What could have ended a prior technologically advanced civilization within our solar system? “The most obvious answer is a cataclysm, whether a natural event, such as an extinction-level asteroid impact or self-inflicted, such as a global climate catastrophe,” says Wright. “[S]uch an event would only permanently extinguish the species if there were many cataclysms across the solar system closely spaced in time, (such as) a swarm of comets or interplanetary warfare, …an unexpected nearby gamma ray burst or supernova…”

• In the case of Venus, its global greenhouse and resurfacing might have erased all evidence of a prior civilization’s existence on the Venusian surface. In the case of Earth, erosion and plate tectonics may have erased most of such evidence if the species lived a billion years ago. Remaining indigenous technosignatures would be extremely old, limiting the places they might still be found to beneath the surfaces of Mars and the Moon, or in the outer solar system.

• In a 2019 study co-written by Manasvi Lingam (at Florida Tech) and Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb entitled, “The Moon as a Fishing Net for Extraterrestrial Life”, Loeb suggested that Earth’s Moon might yield traces of technological equipment that crashed on the lunar surface a billion years ago. “The absence of a lunar atmosphere,” wrote Loeb, “guarantees that these messengers would reach the lunar surface without burning up. In addition, the geological inactivity of the Moon implies that the record deposited on its surface will be preserved and not mixed with the deep lunar interior. Serving as a natural mailbox, the lunar surface collected all impacting objects during the past few billions of years. Most of this “mail” comes from within the solar system.”

 

         Jason Wright

One of the primary open questions of astrobiology is whether there is extant or extinct life elsewhere the Solar System. Astrophysicists Avi Loeb at Harvard and Penn State’s Jason Wright have both explored the question, with Loeb suggesting that ancient technological artifacts from beyond the Solar System may exist on Earth’s Moon amounting to a letter from an alien civilization saying, “We exist.”

Wright, a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, has considered the possibility that a technological

             Avi Loeb

species could have existed in the Solar System prior to humanity’s rise on Earth in his study, Prior Indigenous Technological Species.

In 2016, Wright authored a paper that discussed possible origins and locations for “technosignatures” of such a civilization while other astronomers have suggested looking for lights on Kuiper Belt Objects that “may serve as a lamppost which signals the existence of extraterrestrial technologies and thus civilizations.”

The origins and possible locations for technosignatures of such a prior indigenous technological species might have arisen on ancient Earth or another body, such as a pre-greenhouse Venus or a wet Mars. In the case of Venus, the arrival of its global greenhouse and potential resurfacing might have erased all evidence of its existence on the Venusian surface. In the case of Earth, erosion and, ultimately, plate tectonics may have erased most such evidence if the species lived a billion years ago. Remaining indigenous technosignatures, observes Wright, might be expected to be extremely old, limiting the places they might still be found to beneath the surfaces of Mars and the Moon, or in the outer Solar System.

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Are the Aliens Us? UFOs May be Piloted by Time-Traveling Humans

 

Article by Leonard David                         January 20, 2020                           (space.com)

• UFOs have captured the public’s attention for decades and the discovery of new exoplanets is on the rise. Could reports of people coming into contact with alien beings actually be our own human descendants returning from the future to study their own evolutionary past? Michael Masters, a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Technological University in Butte (pictured above), has advanced this theory in his book, Identified Flying Objects: A Multidisciplinary Scientific Approach to the UFO Phenomenon.

• Reasoning why aliens are likely humans in the distant future, Masters notes that contactees typically describe extraterrestrial visitors as bipedal, human-like beings with the ability to communicate with us in our own languages. They possess advanced technology that is clearly built upon today’s technological prowess. Unlike an alien traveling vast distances across the galaxy to happen upon us, our descendants would already know that humans are on this Earth at this time. Says Masters, “I think the simplest explanation, innately, is that it is us.”

• Masters observes how much more we could learned about our own evolutionary history if we possessed the technology to visit the past. “The alleged abduction accounts are mostly scientific in nature,” says Masters. “It’s probably future anthropologists, historians, linguists that are coming back to get information in a way that we currently can’t without access to that technology.” Masters thinks that some are simply space tourists. “Undoubtedly in the future, there are those that will pay a lot of money to have the opportunity to go back and observe their favorite period in history.”

• Jan Harzan, executive director of the Mutual UFO Network, or ‘MUFON’, agrees with Masters. “[W]e know for sure is that we are not alone,” Harzan says. “Now the question becomes, ‘Who are they?’ And Masters makes a great case for the time-traveler hypothesis.”

• UFO skeptic Robert Sheaffer responds, “There is nothing (here) to take seriously, as it depends on the belief that ‘time travel’ is not only possible, but real.” “This is a highly dubious claim.” Sheaffer notes that Masters tries to deduce aliens’ evolutionary history from witness descriptions. “[H]e takes such accounts far too literally,” says Sheaffer.

• British astronomer and writer David Darling argues that there’s precious little credible evidence that big-brained aliens exist at all. He says that one of the least likely explanations for UFOs is that they are not of this world. So it’s just as reasonable to suppose that they might be time machines from our own future. But neither explanation is realistic, so “there’s really no need for such a thesis in the first place.” It’s all a myth.

• Larry Lemke, a retired NASA aerospace engineer, finds the prospect of time-travelling visitors from the future intriguing. “[T]hese (UFOs) don’t seem to be obeying the usual laws of aerodynamics and Newtonian mechanics,” said Lemke. Considering reports of ‘missing time’ and the consequences of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, some UFOs do demonstrate the effects of general relativity. The idea that somebody has figured out how to manipulate space-time, on a local scale with a low-energy approach, would explain a lot of things about the UFO phenomenon, including those baffling Tic-Tac-shaped objects reported by jet-fighter pilots and radar operators.

 

Unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have captured the public’s attention over the decades. As exoplanet detection is on the rise, why not consider that star-hopping visitors from afar might be buzzing through our friendly skies by taking an interstellar off-ramp to Earth?

On the other hand, could those piloting UFOs be us — our future progeny that have mastered the landscape of time and space? Perhaps those

          Jan Harzan of MUFON
  skeptic Robert Sheaffer

reports of people coming into contact with strange beings represent our distant human descendants, returning from the future to study us in their own evolutionary past.

The idea of us being them has been advanced before. But a recent book, “Identified Flying Objects: A Multidisciplinary Scientific Approach to the UFO Phenomenon” (Masters Creative LLC, 2019), takes a fresh look at this prospect, offering some thought-provoking proposals.

Multidisciplinary approach

The book was written by Michael Masters, a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Technological University in Butte. Masters thinks that – given the accelerating pace of change in science, technology, and engineering – it is likely that humans of the distant future could develop the knowledge and machinery necessary to return to the past.

The objective of the book, Masters said, is to spur a new and more informed discussion among believers and skeptics alike.

“I took a multidisciplinary approach in order to try and understand the oddities of this phenomenon,” Masters told Space.com. “Our job as scientists is

        UFO-denier David Darling

to be asking big questions and try to find answers to unknown questions. There’s something going on here, and we should be having a conversation about this. We should be at the forefront of trying to find out what it is.”

Human evolution

Dubbing these purported visitors “extratempestrials,” Masters notes that close-encounter accounts typically describe UFO tenants as bipedal, hairless, human-like beings with large brains, large eyes, small noses and small mouths. Further, the creatures are often said to have the ability to communicate with us in our own languages and possess technology advanced beyond, but clearly built upon, today’s technological prowess.

Masters believes that through a comprehensive analysis of consistent patterns of long-term biocultural change throughout human evolution — as well as recent advances in our understanding of time and time travel — we may begin to consider this future possibility in the context of a currently unexplained phenomenon.

“The book ties together those known aspects of our evolutionary history with what is still an unproven, unverified aspect of UFOs and aliens,” he said.

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Fascinating New Ancient Figures Found at Nazca With Help of AI

Article by Richard Wood                         November 19, 2019                            (9news.com.au)

• Since its discovery in the 1920s, scientists and visitors have been drawn to the geoglyphs known as the “Nazca Lines” in Peru covering about 500 square kilometres and dating back 1,000 years. The site’s origins have intrigued archaeologists for years, with some claiming they are linked to UFOs or aliens.

• Researchers from Japan’s University of Yamagata studied the Nazca area from 2016 to 2018. Using artificial intelligence technology to process high-resolution aerial photos at high speeds, the researchers say they have identified 142 new geoglyphs. They include depictions of fish, birds, llamas, snakes, monkeys, and a human-like figure holding a stick. The figures vary in size, with the largest more than 100 metres (328 feet) from end to end – slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty. The smallest ones measures only five metres. Most are in poor condition. University researchers say that the geoglyphs were probably created between 100BC and 300AD and were used for rituals and decoration.

 

Artificial intelligence has helped identify more than 100 ancient sand drawings at the famous Nazca Lines site in Peru.

The collection of mysterious earth sketches – known as geoglyphs – in Peru’s central desert has drawn scientists and visitors for decades since its discovery in the 1920s.

Best viewed from the air, the Nazca Lines covers an area of about 500 square kilometres and dates back 1,000 years. The site’s origins have intrigued archaeologists for years, with some commentators claiming they are linked to UFOs or aliens.

Now researchers from Japan’s University of Yamagata say they have identified 142 new geoglyphs with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
They include depictions of animals, such as snakes and monkeys, and a human-like figure holding a stick.

The university said in a statement they geoglyphs were probably created between 100BC and 300AD, and most are in poor condition.

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