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Chapter 3

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

"In the deepest sense the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is a search for ourselves"

-Carl Sagan, 'The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,'

By all accounts, the search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence is truly a worthy pursuit of inquiry to undertake. Understanding our place in the Universe as life forms occupying a relatively small planet twirling around on the very fringes of one of numerous galaxies spread throughout the Cosmos is an admirable undertaking. There is absolutely no doubt that the next step in the evolution of the human species is to expand out and explore the stars and galaxies (if we can get there).

There seems little hope that physical life forms can ever traverse the great distances between stars and star systems, unless we evolve into higher life forms, perhaps drawing our energy directly from the Sun instead of through physical food or learn to ascend and harness the interdimensional space/time continuum as spirit or astral body forms. Holy Scripture makes reference to this next stage in our collective evolution as a species. Passages citing a transformed Earth and new glorified light bodies are found in specific sections of scripture. As well, science has already penetrated the barriers of interdimensional space to a small degree with stargate technology. Psychic and paranormal realms have been harnessed to make contact with extradimensional entities with the purpose and prospect of receiving and exchanging knowledge and information from the other side. As mentioned previously, I believe these entities are of the fallen Luciferian angelic regiment- intelligence and spirits occupying hyperdimensional space which we could classify as 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th dimensional spheres or principalities of reality and consciousness. I believe these spheres exist and originate partly as a result of higher frequencies of light, color, vibration, sound, gravitational force and/or through certain levels of excitation or retraction of quantum electromagnetic particle fields throughout the Cosmos.

Although this is wild speculation on my part, this would imply that the Universe exists as various levels of consciousness and intelligence- either made for the existence of extraterrestrial life or made as a result of higher dimensional divine presences. To put it another way, the Universe IS consciousness and intelligence, hence, a startling re-definition of what we would consider life or that which is "living".

To regress though, the contemporary search for extraterrestrial life and intelligence has primarily revolved around the reception of radio frequency signals from near and distant star systems. SETI (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) run by the SETI Institute in the USA, assumes that electromagnetic radiation bandwidth transmissions are the preferred medium of communication in the search for advanced extraterrestrial life from distant worlds spread throughout the Cosmos. Although exceptionally narrow in its assumption of what constitutes a means of anticipated contact and communication between extraterrestrial life and life on Earth, it is a novel campaign nonetheless. Movies such as 'Contact' exemplify the creativity and concept of what other worlds, beings and civilizations could or might look like. Interstellar 'wormhole' type travel, although highly technological by nature, at least has opened up the possibility of humankind traversing the stars. But it is the finite nature of the so-called "speed of light" (186,000 miles per second) that has and will continue to doom the SETI mission. Instantaneous interstellar travel, communications and translocation are the new hyperdimensional physics platforms that will carry the human species (and spirit) to the stars and inaugurate any future contact with extraterrestrial intelligence.

At this juncture, I believe it is appropriate to bring in the work of astronomer and astrophysicist Frank Drake, who formulated the infamous Drake Equation: N = R* fp ne fl fi fc L. The controversial mathematical equation multiplied estimates of the following terms together:

-the rate of formation for suitable stars
-the fraction of those stars which are orbited by planets
-the number of Earth-like worlds per planetary system
-the fraction of planets where intelligent life develops
-the fraction of possible communicative planets
-the lifetime of possible communicative civilizations

By use of the Drake Equation, it was estimated that there are approximately 10,000 planets in the Milky Way Galaxy alone that contained some form of intelligent life as we know it. Based on observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, there are literally trillions of life-supporting planetary systems throughout the Universe.

Italian physicist Enrico Fermi back in the 1950's suggested that if technologically advanced civilizations are common in the Universe, then they should be detectable in one form or another. "Fermi's Paradox", as it became known, arose from trying to answer the following questions: 1) So where are they? and 2)Where is everybody? Thus, the Fermi Paradox: "The size and age of the Universe incline us to believe that many technologically advanced civilizations must exist. However, this belief seems logically inconsistent with our lack of observational evidence to support it. Either the initial assumption is incorrect and intelligent life is much rarer than we believe, or our current observations are incomplete and we simply have not detected them yet, or our search methodologies are flawed and we are not searching for the correct indicators."

The Drake Equation calculates any given number of habitable planets in any given galaxy, while the Fermi Paradox attempts to clarify why there is no contact with any known extraterrestrial life to date. The rarity of interstellar travel and the unsuccessful evolution to Type 3 or Type 4 civilizations in our Universe may be the explanation. Although abundant life may exist throughout the Cosmos, very, very few civilizations attain a status comparable to that of the Kingdom of Heaven in Holy Scripture. This may shed some light on the relative timescales involved for Type 3 and Type 4 civilizations to evolve, which as noted previously are millions, if not billions, of years more advanced than ours is today. Perhaps our Universe is younger than previously thought, or other extraterrestrial civilizations are so vastly separated from one another that any "speed of light" signals are either diffused en route or are unable to be detected for one reason or another.

In the year 2000, geologist and paleontologist Peter Ward and astrobiologist Donald Brownlee published a book entitled, "Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe". Therein they discussed the probability that Earth-like planets are fairly rare in the Universe, while microbial life is quite common. Our planet does exhibit a number of very unique qualities indeed. First and foremost, we are located not too close and not too far from the Sun. This is known as the "goldilocks" zone. Venus is too close, hence the 700 degree fahrenheit greenhouse gas temperatures, whilst Mars is too far, its hottest days hovering near a balmy 32 degrees fahrenheit under a very thin atmosphere. Planet Earth has a constant 24 hour rotational orbit, a periodic orbital inclination and declination or rotational wobble of roughly 23 degrees (giving us seasons), a relatively stable satellite (the Moon) that gives us gravitational tides, measurements of lunar time and moonlight at night, a nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and argon based atmosphere that took billions of years to perfect and an abundance of carbon-based life forms and water providing food, fuel and nourishment to the millions of species that inhabit this planet. Our atmosphere also blocks out most of the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that comes in from the Sun, providing a safe environment for terrestrial life to flourish below. Our orbit around the Sun brings us a few million miles closer to the Sun in the winter and a few million miles farther from the Sun in the summer, bringing the average mean distance from the Earth to the Sun to 93 million miles. The average mean temperature of the planet hovers around 60 degrees (15 degrees celsius), yet this has increased slightly due to recent global climate change factors.

Perhaps these and other determinants (in just the right amounts) dictate whether advanced forms of life and intelligence can form or not, above and beyond simple microbial life. Irregardless, our very existence proves we have just the right ingredients necessary for advanced life forms to arise and flourish here on Planet Earth. Whether it is the size of the planet, the type of star it orbits or the chemical composition of the surface and the atmosphere, we know of at least one planet in the Cosmos that is capable of harboring intelligent life in the Universe: Ours.

In May 2011, a planet in the Gliese star system was found capable of sustaining life. Gliese 581-d, a planet which orbits a red dwarf 20 light years away, not only exists in the "goldilocks" zone where water may be present in liquid form, but is big enough to have a stable carbon dioxide atmosphere and perhaps warm enough to have oceans, fauna, flora, clouds and rainfall. Whether or not planets such as these (and perhaps more numerous and closer to us than we know) harbor intelligent life is anyone's guess, though given the right conditions, anything is possible.

The search and discovery of advanced forms of extraterrestrial life and intelligence is the cosmic imperative of our time. As mentioned previously, I believe that search has already been concluded. The "discovery" of highly advanced extraterrestrial life and intelligence exists within the words and record of Holy Scripture (Torah, Gospel and Koran). Rather than look outward towards the heavens for signs of intelligent life, its high time to look inwards towards the extraterrestrial life and intelligence that has already found us here on Earth. In fact, scripture proclaims that Man and the Earth were created by God. We would expect such from a Type 4 civilization. Perhaps Adam and Eve were an advanced genetic intervention and addition to the collective human species gene pool as recorded in 4000 BC in Holy Scripture. Perhaps the Book of Revelations is an account from a form of divine intelligence that has transcended the barriers of physical space and time and was able to foresee, witness and help re-direct our inevitable future outcome as a species- which is highly destructive. Such a Type 4 civilization may be so highly advanced that it would be apropos to see civilizations such as ours play out our own form of planetary evolution. These and other hallmarks would conclude that we are about as advanced as humans are to bacteria as Type 4 civilizations are to mankind.

The creation of life, designs, interventions, grand designs, the harvesting and salvation of souls, the damnation and destruction of transgressors, the establishment of free will, the battles, struggles, victories and defeats of the human experience, heaven, hell, divine judgement, tragedy and triumph of the human spirit... Who are we, a teetering Type 0 civilization destined to self-destruct, to define our existence and our destiny amidst beings so highly advanced that they are literal "gods" or God" to us?

Given such, I believe it is the search within our civilization that produces the greatest fruits in our collective discovery for advanced extraterrestrial life in the Universe. Although scientific efforts to continue our search throughout the Cosmos are just as legitimate, fruitful and forthcoming in other important ways, the real gold on this issue can be found in the record, revelations and prophecies of Holy Scripture.