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Gazing in the mirror . . .

March 16, 2010

Not yet having received Mac’s book, nevertheless, I am aware of his basic theory thanks to Nick Redfern’s excellent review (“hat tip” to Nick – a Mac-ism if ever there was one).

Over the years I’ve often wondered if homo sapiens really is at the top of the Earth’s intelligence food chain. The only measure of intelligence we have or are willing to use is . . . us. So we define intelligence as tool making and tool using (i.e., capable of technology), able to adapt to and exploit a wide variety of environments, and able to communicate (although a large portion of the animal kingdom seems to do that very well – from hummingbirds to whales). We also throw in such things as creating art and feeling grief, again traits we share with other creatures. So, given our anthropocentric definition of intelligence, nobody else on the planet quite measures up.

I find this a fundamental flaw in almost all belief systems about extraterrestrials. We’re looking for duplicates of ourselves in everything from SETI to the disclosure movement. We believe ETs must somehow reflect us (our universal gold standard), so we ascribe to them our motivations for behaviors that on the surface seem to match our own (e.g., sample collection, breeding, etc.). However, “alien” means not like us – different; strange.

Putting aside whether or not an ancient cryptoterrestrial race exists, what if at least some UFO encounters represent true extraterrestrial visitations? Which brings up the eternal question, if they come here why don’t they want to meet us? Maybe it’s because they’re already regularly interacting with the intelligent beings on this planet. And what if these beings might not be a hypothetical cryptoterrestrial race, but rather some well-known and familiar species we believe inferior to us? Think about that the next time you step on a bug.

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  1. March 16, 2010 5:35 am

    “I find this a fundamental flaw in almost all belief systems about extraterrestrials. We’re looking for duplicates of ourselves in everything from SETI to the disclosure movement. We believe ETs must somehow reflect us (our universal gold standard), so we ascribe to them our motivations for behaviors that on the surface seem to match our own (e.g., sample collection, breeding, etc.). However, “alien” means not like us – different; strange.”

    In many ways, it’s the same thing we do with our notion of “God”. It’s always reflecting human struggle, achievement, ambition, authority, glamor. And we are a reflection of that same source of “creation”; Zeus gazing at his Jesus Christos star child in the soothsaying pond of time to find the visage of himself looking back. Mother Venus waits in the shadows, solemnly grinning at her thinly veiled secret.

    We can’t help but to anthropomorphize everything and fit it to a cause and chronology that we more easily access and understand. I’m not an Atheist, I do believe in “God”, but feel that for as thin our grasp is on intergalactic understanding (ET), our understanding on the nature of “God” is infinitely harder to comprehend and decipher. Religion has both helped, and completely befuddled and confused our spiritual selves into categorical submission and confinement.

    There could be a billion alien races in the cosmos.. Yet “God”, if that be the consensus belief from a majority of Intergalactic Races, would still continue to be a mystery. The journey, discovery, and definition of “SOURCE” is a driving force of evolution. Let’s hope we be not moths to the flame migrating to a death chamber in disguise.

    I’m sure (and hope) that we could get in to 100 page discussion on these topics.

    Communication and consciousness expansion: a worthy cause and goal…

  2. March 17, 2010 1:20 pm

    Beautiful post, purrlgurrl…

    I admittedly don’t know anything about ufology, but your post hits on points that I think are very important regardless of what subject you study…

    Mostly, it is that notion of setting up the human as the pinnacle of existence that I agree is so dangerous. As you have mentioned, that kind of framework limits the possibilities you can see in this world (and out of this world!), and I would want to continue on that line of thought and say that human-centricism also puts limitations on how you *engage* with others, too…. It is my belief that anthropomorphism goes hand-in-hand with feelings of entitlement and superiority, and just think about how that comes into play when considering questions of ethics and rights. Sorry to go off on a rant here, and to touch very little on your original direction, but these ideas were stirring in my head since you posted this.

  3. Roel Poelwijk permalink
    March 18, 2010 10:53 am

    Good article, very save too.

    I like your comment Mad247 because I agree. Communication and consciousness expansion are the path.
    Humanity has formed these ‘ideas’ of ‘E.T’ & ‘God’ from fear.
    Fear is also a big thing in our more recent times.
    The ignorance our political systems keep holding high needs to be altered.
    ‘They’ will not change it. The people would have to demand or force it.
    That is if enough get tired of waiting for change. Eventually everything and everyone will face the ‘correct’ direction, but I would rather not choose the drag.
    Thanks for posting everyone.

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