One of the great questions in life. Scratch that. The GREATEST question in life, is whether or not we are alone. Billions of pounds and millions of man hours have been devoted to answering that question. But no matter how many pieces of evidence are provided, our tiny little brains cannot fathom the possibility that we are not alone. Frankly, it feels like even if a goggle eyed grey alien himself were stood blinking in front of us, we’re so damn numbed to the possibility, we’d still deny their existence.
And suuuuure, some of us are open minded. But lets be honest we are the small minority.
I talked recently about the Fermi Paradox, that questions why, if the universe is infinite and there’s infinite possibilities of life, haven’t we come into contact yet? One of the questions still left in my mind, was what if, in trying to contact ET’s we have been both sending out messages they can’t understand and interpreting messages left here completely wrong the whole time.
How would we communicate? and what is the Universal Language? Many claim its numbers and maths. But aren’t those constructions of society and humans? Numbers are a method of measuring but what if our lifetimes span completely different timescales to others, perhaps our numbers would be trivial. Damon T. Berry, writer and filmmaker has come up with a suggested answer that I find intriguing.
The messages we have sent out have been to date, using humanistic forms of communication. The Arecibo Message, was an image (to the right) sent into space using modulated radio waves. We assumed that intelligent life forms would be able to read radio waves. But… isn’t that a little human self-centric?
We then had another go and sent a gold disc out in to deep space with the voyager spaceship ship. But again, we were totes arrogant, and used human style symbols.
Damon T. Berry, in his video series on the Forever Time (links at the bottom of the post) talks through many concepts. But one has stuck with me.
It started as a question – the best type of communication is always the most basic. If we wanted to communicate with another life form, what would the easiest method of communication be?
Surely, it would be to use the one thing we all have in common.
But what is that…?
It’s not, life, or oxygen. It’s not time, or numbers or even words. It’s far more fundamental.
The one thing everything in the universe has in common is:
And stars are around for long enough to be considered ‘immortal’.
Wouldn’t the most simplistic method of communication be to use the star constellations?
Star constellations, although they move around our horizon over thousands of years, stay the same. It takes billions of years before a star dies, and even more years for that star’s light to stop reaching us once it has died.
One of the theories Berry suggests, is that UFO sightings, you know the ones – dark sky, bright lights, dumbstruck onlookers – are actually messages.
Berry suggests that the sightings and specifically the lights, when you replay footage, are actually star constellations.
Take the most commonly reported sighting – three lights – suspiciously like Orion’s belt.
Berry suggests that because this formation is usually the first formation seen during a sighting, it is a greeting.
But messages of ‘three’, and the significance of Orion’s belt aren’t unique to UFO sightings. Ohh no. Take the most iconic architecture in the world, the pyramids. Everyone knows they are lined up with Orion’s belt too.
During the videos, Berry talks about the cave drawings found all over the world that are up to 40-50,000 years old, Berry says, and I paraphrase from memory: “these messages have been left in our world in plain sight for all of us to see, and yet we refute them, dismiss them and call them the carvings and brick work of unintelligent ape men.”
The other thing that he bought to my attention… I wrote a post on the Ancient Flyer recently, and mentioned the Petroglyphs the pharaoh had carved into tombs – symbols that looked suspiciously like aircraft.
I can’t believe I missed this, but does anyone else think it’s ironic that the pharaoh responsible for these petroglyphs is called Seti, and the bloody organisation currently looking for life out there is also called SETI?!?!?!?! (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Anyone else think thats a ‘coincidence’?
Yeah. Didn’t fucking think so.
Anyway, Sacha’s mind = blown during these videos. I have gathered HUGE inspiration and ideas for book 2 in my dystopian series, The Firmament, which is based on the Flat Earth conspiracy. I know. I know. Stop working on different books. I wasn’t, promise. I just took notes. *looks away sheepishly*
What do you think? What do you think the universal language is? If you think UFO’s have visited, what do you think they are or were doing while here? DO you think they are sending messages or just watching, if watching, then why? Let me know in the comments.
If you want to watch the series:
It’s amazing, albeit quite long and a little slow in places. But nevertheless, you can find it on YouTube and it’s called: The Knowledge of the Forever Time.
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