space.com-ET Visitors:Scientists See High Likelihood
ET Visitors: Scientists See High Likelihood By Leonard David
space.com Senior Space Writer posted: 14 January 2005 06:47 am ET

Decades ago, it was physicist Enrico Fermi who pondered the issue of
 extraterrestrial civilizations with fellow theorists over lunch, generating
 the famous quip: "Where are they?" That question later became central to
 debates about the cosmological census count of other star folk and possible
 extraterrestrial (ET) visitors from afar. Fermi's brooding on the topic
 was later labeled "Fermi's paradox".

It is a well-traveled tale from the 1950's when the scientist broached the
 subject in discussions with colleagues in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Thoughts
 regarding the probability of earthlike planets, the rise of highly advanced
  civilizations "out there", and interstellar travel -- these remain fodder
  for trying to respond to Fermi's paradox even today.

Now a team of American scientists note that recent astrophysical discoveries
 suggest that we should find ourselves in the midst of one or more extraterrestrial
 civilizations. Moreover, they argue it is a mistake to reject all UFO reports since
  some evidence for the theoretically-predicted extraterrestrial visitors might just
  be found there.

The researchers make their proposal in the January/February 2005 issue of the Journal
 of the British Interplanetary Society (JBIS). Curious situation Pick up any good science
 magazine and you're sure to see the latest in head-scratching ideas about superstring
theory, wormholes, or the stretching of spacetime itself. Meanwhile, extrasolar planetary
 detection is on the verge of becoming mundane.

"We are in the curious situation today that our best modern physics and astrophysics
theories predict that we should be experiencing extraterrestrial visitation, yet any possible
 evidence of such lurking in the UFO phenomenon is scoffed at within our scientific community,"
 contends astrophysicist Bernard Haisch. Haisch along with physicists James Deardorff, Bruce
 Maccabee and Harold Puthoff make their case in the JBIS article: "Inflation-Theory Implications
  for Extraterrestrial Visitation".

The scientists point to two key discoveries made by Australian astronomers
and reported last year that there is a "galactic habitable zone" in our
Milky Way Galaxy. And more importantly that Earth's own star, the Sun,
is relatively young in comparison to the average star in this zone -- by
as much as a billion years.

Therefore, the researchers explain in their JBIS article that an average
alien civilization would be far more advanced and have long since discovered
 Earth. Additionally, other research work on the supposition underlying the
 Big Bang -- known as the theory of inflation -- shores up the prospect,
 they advise, that our world is immersed in a much larger extraterrestrial
 civilization. Point-to-point distances Given billion-year advanced physics,
  might not buzzing around the galaxy be possible?

Even today superstring theory hypothesizes other dimensions... which could
be habitable Universes adjacent to our own, the researchers speculate.
It might even be possible to get around the speed of light limit by moving
in and out of these dimensions.

"What we have done is somewhat of a breakthrough," Haisch told SPACE.com.
"We have pulled together various recent discoveries and theoretical issues
that collectively point to the strong probability that we should be in the
midst of one or more huge extraterrestrial civilizations," he said. Haisch
said that superstring dimensions and wormhole and spacetime stretching
possibilities address the "can't get here from there" objection often
argued in view of the interstellar, point-to-point distances involved.

Also, diffusion models predict that even a single civilization could spread
across the Galaxy in a tiny fraction of the age of the Galaxy - even at sub-light
speeds, he said. ET signature in the data

Can the scientific community bring itself to consider any evidence coming
from mysterious sightings of strange things by the public?

In large measure, the scientific community seemingly has eyed ET visitation
as far from being serious stuff to cogitate over. Why so? "The dismissal has
 several causes, all reinforcing each other," Haisch responded.

"Most of the observations are probably misinterpretations, delusions and
hoaxes. I have seen people get confused by Venus or even Sirius when it
is flashing colors low in the sky under the right conditions.

Having been turned off by this, most scientists never bother to look any
further, and so are simply blissfully ignorant that there may be more to
it," he said.

Deardorff, the lead author of the JBIS article, points out in a press
statement: "It would take some humility for the scientific community to
suspend its judgment and take at least some of the high quality reports
seriously enough to investigate.but I hope we can bring ourselves to do

According to Haisch, there is a motivation not just for scientific
tolerance of the UFO issue, but a strong scientific prediction that
there ought to be some genuine ET signature in the data.

"This potentially changes the relationship of the UFO phenomenon to
science in a significant way. It takes away the 'not invented here'
prejudice, pointing out that a 'yes' to  ET visitation is exactly what
side our current physics and astrophysics theories would come down on
as the most likely situation," Haisch concluded.

Implications for Extraterrestrial Visitation," Journal of the British
Interplanetary Society, vol. 58, pp. 43-50, 2005.

Read Original "Inflation-Theory Implications for Extraterrestrial Visitation"


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