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Science, Politics & Spirituality of extraterrestrial civilizations

By Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.

Course begins on September 10, 2012 with a free public lecture

The discovery of exoplanets in the habitable regions of their suns, according to the world’s leading astrophysicists, makes the existence of extraterrestrial life an almost foregone conclusion. Astronomical observations of exoplanets has stimulated scientific conferences questioning, for the first time, the societal and political implications of intelligent life existing somewhere in the far reaches of space. Two conferences at the Royal Society in 2010, for example, brought together some of the worlds leading scientists to discuss issues such as which international organization would take the lead in representing humanity in contact– the United Nations? According to astrophysicists such as Stephen Hawking,extraterrestrials would most likely be predatory in nature and the best response to contact would be to equip the world’s military to defend humanity.

For others, convinced that extraterrestrials have been visiting humanity since the dawn of the nuclear age, scientists are late comers to the party. A host of whistleblowers, experiencers and government documents have revealed, according to UFO and “exopolitics” researchers that extraterrestrials are already here. Not only have extraterrestrials been silently watching us, but advanced technologies have been developed to monitor, intercept and even shoot down their spacecraft. All this has been done secretly for national security reasons if the evidence is to be believed.  So what would extraterrestrials be like? What would be their science, politics and spirituality?

There have been a few ad hoc attempts to answer such questions. As far as the astrophysics/astrobiological community is concerned, there have been conferences by the Royal Society and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences which tackled some of these questions. In a conference preceedings paper, the Royal Society’s Dr Martin Dominik and Prof John C. Zarnecki endorsed studying the societal aspects of any discovery of extraterrestrial life. They stressed the importance of determining the possible motivations of extraterrestrial life:

The detection and further study of extra-terrestrial life will fundamentally challenge our view of nature, including ourselves, and therefore the field of astrobiology can hardly be isolated from its societal context, including philosophical, ethical and theological perspectives. With the detection of extra-terrestrial life being technically feasible, one needs to address whether perceived societal benefits command us to search for it, or whether such an endeavor may rather turn out to be a threat to our own existence

An upcoming online course on astrobiology asks at the end of a five week program: “What are the possibilities for intelligent life elsewhere? How would we deal with contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence and what would be the impact on society? Who would represent Earth?”

The best attempt to systematically address questions concerning the science of extraterrestrial civilizations has been undertaken by Professor Michio Kaku from Columbia University. Kaku has used a typology of hypothetical extraterrestrial civilizations based on energy consumption first developed by Soviet Astronomer, Nikoli Kardarshev in 1964. In the “The Physics of Extraterrestrial Civilizations” and “The Physics of Interstellar Travel,” Kaku offers insightful analyses of how energy consumption of extraterrestrial civilizations reveals much about their possible science, and spacefaring abilities.


Kaku’s and Kardashev’s analyses, predictably exclude the extensive but controversial body of evidence examined by UFO/expolitics researchers that extraterrestrials are visiting us now.  This is understandable if not without criticism by those seriously investigating such evidence. The astrophysics/astrobiological community only accepts data that can be scientifically tested and replicated in a way that leaves no doubt as to its veracity and of any conclusions drawn. Evidence that extraterrestrials are currently visiting us cannot be so tested and replicated according to normal scientific protocols; since it is subject to controversy, missing key data, government denial, witness accuracy, etc. However, what if the excluded evidence could tell us something about the politics and spirituality of extraterrestrials that could be matched up with the best scientific speculations over their science? Wouldn’t it be worth examining such evidence even if it wasn’t conclusive? There have been attempts to do so.

A 2008 conference presentation by the author did examine evidence of extraterrestrial visitation using the typology first developed by Kardeshev and later used by Kaku. The conclusions are startling. One can get a rough idea of the science, politics and science of extraterrestrial civilizations. The implications are enormous. Once we understand the science, politics, and spirituality of extraterrestrial civilizations, we can make informed choices about how to best resolve global problems. Furthermore, we can transform the Earth using advanced extraterrestrial knowledge and technologies. The video of my 2008 conference presentation is available here or below for free viewing.


The Science, Spirituality & Politics of ET Civilizations from Michael Salla on Vimeo.

For those wanting to dive deeper into the available literature and evidence concerning extraterrestrial science, politics and spirituality, then I recommend the following online course (click here) which starts on September 10, and is offered through the Exopolitics Institute. The first lecture is free and open to the public (register here).

The discovery of exoplanets has already transformed the astrophysics and astrobiological communities with physical evidence that the Earth is not the only habitable planet in our galaxy. If life can “spontaneously” develop here, then it could do so anywhere – perhaps on one of the exoplanets already discovered. Over time, intelligent life would evolve and like humanity, develop a keen interest in visiting other worlds. Learning a little about what extraterrestrial science, politics and spirituality could be like is a wise move even for those still skeptical that intelligent alien life exists.


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Cold Fusion – The First Domino

Those individuals who have attempted to suppress cold fusion have done so for many different reasons. One reason is that the successful commercialization of the technology could be the first domino in a paradigm shift that could change the course of human civilization.

by Hank Mills
Pure Energy Systems News

Cold fusion is not just another every day discovery. It holds the potential to totally revolutionize our civilization. The “powers that be” and the other individuals who have attempted to suppress cold fusion recognize this fact. It is one of the reasons they have worked to suppress the technology. A breakthrough that could provide cheap and almost limitless power is too much of a threat to their control of humanity. However, the benefits cold fusion could offer humanity is not the greatest fear of some of these individuals. What threatens them even more is what could be inspired by the reality of cold fusion’s existence becoming well known. The possibility of the technology becoming the first domino that sets off a chain reaction of scientific discovery is their greatest fear.

If cold fusion is successfully commercialized, our world could change in fundamental ways. One of the first benefits would be that the energy crisis could come to an end over a period of years rather than decades. Nickel hydrogen cold fusion could power the world utilizing only a tiny fraction of today’s production of nickel. Literally speaking, grams of nickel can replace barrels of oil. Also, the amount of hydrogen needed would be miniscule.

In a world powered by cold fusion technology, a watt of energy could cost one tenth or less than what it does today. Another obvious benefit is that the amount of pollution and CO2 emitted into the atmosphere would be reduced, which could mean draconian plans for “carbon taxes” could be scrapped. The jobs cold fusion technology could create (because there would be a demand for millions upon millions of cold fusion devices to be manufactured) would stimulate the economy.

Once the energy crisis has come to an end, humanity could begin using this new source of almost unlimited energy to accomplish many wonders that are energy intensive. Humanity could turn deserts into farmland by building huge desalinization plants, we could build automated recycling plants powered by cold fusion reactors, and we could even use the vast overabundance of energy to build indoor gardens that could provide enough food for every person on the planet. With transportation costs drastically lowered, the food, desalinized water, and recycled materials could be shipped anywhere on the planet.

While this transformation of our civilization is taking place — from a planet of poverty to a planet of wealth — scientists and engineers around the world could be inspired to come up with additional inventions that previously would have been considered impossible or impractical. Perhaps companies that would never consider building an overunity magnet motor would start performing research on the topic, and self-sustaining electric motors could be created. Of course, with an unlimited source of energy we could power colonies anywhere in the solar system. It is possible that the existence of cold fusion might inspire a scientist somewhere to come up with an anti-gravity drive that could allow for fast space travel.

Of course, if cold fusion, anti-gravity, and overunity motors are accepted as reality, the accepted “laws of physics” will have to be revisited. Many of the old, closed-minded set of laws physicists deal with today will have to be discarded. Many establishment scientists do not want this to happen, because they are happy with the status quo. They have been teaching and performing mundane research on “conventional” technologies all their lives, using today’s incomplete laws of physics. For a whole new set of laws to be written (because suddenly everything that had been previously impossible is being sold at Wal-Mart) would mean they had wasted countless years of their life. If they had only been more open-minded, less cynical, and a little more willing to accept new possibilities, they might have been part of the solution that rescued humanity from a dark future.

Where will these new laws of physics lead us? I think they will lead us to the stars. In my opinion, this is inevitable, if we are able to roll out cold fusion technology and use it appropriately. The evidence is overwhelming that the universe is filled with life. The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered that almost every star in our galaxy has at least one planet, and this may be a low figure due to the difficulty in detecting Earth mass planets. In a galaxy with over 100 billion stars, and even more planets, there are probably countless hospitable places for humanity to colonize. Where there is not a suitable biosphere to colonize, we could build our own space habitats out of materials obtained from asteroids. With the many technologies that will be developed due to the introduction of cold fusion technology, it may be possible that planets will become like nature preserves — places to visit but not to live in. Perhaps that is what the ETs are doing right now by visiting our planet.

Perhaps, due to our war-like ways, we are currently being featured on an extraterrestrial television program describing the most savage nature reserves in the galaxy. Wouldn’t it be great if we could go from being considered violent animals by extraterrestrial species — that have probably been around for millions of years — to a species worthy of direct communication with them? Of course, that would not be in the best interest of the powers that be on this planet, because it would be too easy for the ordinary person to escape from their clutches. Perhaps the perpetrators of victimless crimes — such as those people ‘guilty’ of the use or cultivation of marijuana — could too easily flee to another world where consumption of plant matter is not a crime. Or perhaps those who are fed up with a big government that wants to control every aspect of our lives could find a more reasonable civilization to live in.

Basically, the emergence of cold fusion technology is the first domino in a series of technological and scientific discoveries that hold the potential to alter the course of human civilization. Whatever humanity can dream of will become a reality due to the existence of cold fusion proving that NOTHING is impossible. Every technological wonder we watch on Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, or other science fiction programs, will actually become plausible. It is a future in which the powers that be lose their power over humanity, and the ordinary person gains the ability to do whatever they want with their own life.

If they want to start a community on Earth where they can practice their own values without interference from outside groups or the government, so be it.

If they want to start a colony elsewhere in the solar system or beyond, so be it.

If they want to roam the galaxy in a spaceship, so be it.

If they want to gain citizenship in an extraterrestrial civilization, so be it.

In conclusion, from my vantage point, it seems that a future of unlimited possibilities, wealth for everyone, interstellar trade and commerce, and FREEDOM, are part of the reason why the powers that be are attempting to suppress cold fusion. We must fight for this future by peacefully resisting those who are still continuing to try and suppress this technology, and support the individuals and companies that are pushing to put cold fusion technologies on the market. By doing so, we can kick the first domino down.

First published on Pure Energy Systems News

SpaceX docks with ISS: the dark side of corporations in space

Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.

Conceptal artwork of the SpaceX Dragon attatched to the ISS Station. Picture: NASA

Today the SpaceX Dragon craft caught up with and began docking with the International Space Station (ISS). After SpaceX’s successful launch on Tuesday morning, NASA’s administrator Charles Bolden said: “There were people who thought that [NASA] had gone away [with the retirement of the space shuttles]. But today says, No, we’re not gone away at all. We’ve got the SpaceX-NASA team, and they came through this morning with flying colors.” The SpaceX mission is part of a long term strategy of turning over supply and transport of the ISS to the private sector. The buzz word now is private sector cooperation with NASA in near Earth missions, while NASA concentrates on more expensive deep space missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Is private sector involvement in the space industry a good thing? According to the Obama administration, NASA and SpaceX CEO Edwin Musk, that’s a big affirmative. Yet, there is a historical dark side to private sector involvement in space missions.

In the movie Avatar, a private corporation is running a mining operation on the moon, Pandora, of a giant gaseous exoplanet in the Alpha Centauri star system. Driven by profit margins, the corporation displays few scruples in driving off the indigenous population from land where a precious metal, unobtanium, is found. The movie depicts a future where private sector involvement in space is dictated by greed, secrecy and unaccountable actions by corporate managers. The underlying premise is that such excesses would not have happened with a government run space mission such as NASA where public transparency and accountability is the norm. Could something similar happen in the future with SpaceX and other corporations destined to partner with NASA in space missions? More importantly, has the private sector already been deeply involved in space missions that have been conducted without public knowledge?

A glimpse into the hidden world of classified space missions is found in the memoirs of President Ronald Reagan. The entry for Tuesday, June 11, 1985 (page 334) reads:

Lunch with 5 top space scientist. It was fascinating. Space truly is the last frontier and some of the developments there in astronomy etc. are like science fiction, except they are real. I learned that our shuttle capacity is such that we could orbit 300 people.

This is curious since the Space Shuttle held a maximum of eight people and only five were built for space flight. Even if all five took off fully loaded at any one time, it would have been impossible to place and maintain 300 astronauts in orbit. Was Reagan revealing the existence of a highly classified space program different to NASA’s, that could accommodate hundreds of astronauts in orbit? Yes, according to dozens of military and corporate whistleblowers, who claim that a secret space program exists, and was built by private corporations.

According to whistleblower testimony, corporations have become the ultimate repository of the nation’s secrets concerning advanced technology programs involved in classified space missions. Even more significant are claims that some of these programs are related to the UFO phenomenon and extraterrestrial life. Whistleblowers have come forward to reveal how corporations have achieved control over these classified programs. A deceased corporate whistleblower revealed how during the mid-1980s, he worked for six months as an archivist for a large aerospace defense contractor based in California. It was a temporary assignment with his employer at an obscure office building. The archivist found many files dealing with flying saucers and extraterrestrial life. The files contained: “Reports, photos, media materials (tapes, films, video cassettes) and material from crashed saucers.” When asked where the files came from he revealed the “materials came from everywhere. CIA, Air Force, Navy, Army, DARPA, NORAD, DoD, FBI, and government officials to name most.”


If the archivist’s testimony is accurate, this means that prior to the mid-1980s UFO files were taken out of the possession of U.S. government agencies and military departments due to security concerns. One reason for this is that the proprietary rights of corporations would enable UFO files to remain hidden from the prying hands of congressmen, and private citizens using the Freedom of Information Act first passed in 1966 and strengthened in 1974.

The above scenario is supported by comments by Ben Rich, former CEO of Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. In hand written responses to questions from John Andrews of the Testor Corporation in 1986, Rich confirmed the existence of both man-made and extraterrestrial UFOs. Most importantly, Rich revealed to Andrews how control of UFO files had slipped from the U.S. military to private corporations. Andrews relayed Rich’s responses to questions from UFO investigator William McDonald which confirmed:

There are two types of UFOs — the ones we build, and ones THEY build. We learned from both crash retrievals and actual “Hand-me-downs.” The Government knew, and until 1969 took an active hand in the administration of that information. After a 1969 Nixon “Purge”, administration was handled by an international board of directors in the private sector.

Former astronaut, Dr Edgar Mitchell has confirmed an incident in 1997 where the Head of Intelligence for the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff was supplied the code names of UFO related projects, but was denied need-to-know access. The first to report the incident was UFO researcher, Dr Steven Greer, who in 2001 revealed that Admiral Wilson was furious over his failure to gain access. On a July 4, 2008 CNN interview, Dr Mitchell confirmed Greer’s version of events when he said that Admiral Wilson “had found the people responsible for the cover-up and for the people who were in the know and were told, I’m sorry, admiral, you do not have need to know here and so, goodbye.” A reliable source furthermore revealed to UFO researcher Richard Dolan that Admiral Wilson was frustrated by attorneys of a corporation that denied him access.

The only means for private citizens to monitor government actions is to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Yet FOIA doesn’t cover private corporations that regularly fulfill thousands of government contracts in sensitive national security projects. The private sector has become a means of hiding the nation’s deepest secrets when it comes to advanced technology and space travel from an unsuspecting public.

The successful SpaceX mission appears to open a bright vista of future cooperation between corporations and government agencies in space. Yet this belies a darker history of corporate involvement in highly classified space missions involving advanced technologies, some of which are related to the UFO phenomenon. These classified programs have been conducted with no public transparency and accountability. History has shown that without transparency and accountability, governments cannot be relied upon to conduct policy in a way that is consistent with nation’s constitutional values. This is even less the case for private corporations, driven by profit margins and proprietary interests when it comes to advanced technology programs. Yes, let’s celebrate SpaceX’s accomplishments, but keep in mind that this doesn’t open up a new chapter of corporate government cooperation in space. Such cooperation has been secretly happening in the classified world for decades. Uncovering the dark history of corporate involvement in classified space missions will be truly something to celebrate.

© Copyright 2012. Michael E. Salla. Exopolitics.org

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