A Better SETI
I’m going to bed in the next hour, so this will be a very brief post.
I’ve been thinking about the so called Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (which incidentally I think ought to be called Search for Human Intelligence – do we have any ?) and I wondered why we seem to have limited it to the micro waves, radio waves, x-rays and gamma rays. Why aren’t we putting more effort into scanning for ultraviolet waves or the visible light spectrum for random and regular bursts of energy, brief or sustained bursts of energy ? If plants use visible light (and other forms of energy) and we need visible light to survive, why wouldn’t some ETs consider communicating in the least exotic form of electromagnetic energy ? The one that is most universal and fundamental to life (as we know it). We may also find that the use of visible light as a transmission mechanism, may have allready been encoded (think about how DNA works) in pigments that are widely distrbuted in plants (and flowers), algae and fungi.
In addition to this I wonder why we aren’t scanning for sound waves in various frequencies and amplitudes, as discrete short sounds or more complex sounds like pulses and melodies. Think about killer whales, dolphins and whales and how they communicate across cast distances and bats and moths and dolphins that use echolocation to build pictures and maps of the world around them.
And of course any search for intelligence elsewhere in the cosmos is limited by our own perception of the nature of reality and our own sense of what exists. Perhaps there are waves at either end of the electromagnetic spectrum that we have not yet discovered or developed technology for, that harbour worlds of communication and conversation.
Finally, we have in recent years become intoxicated with holographic explanations of reality (in which any volume of space can accommodate any volume of matter that we want – think Dr Who’s TARDIS – bigger on the inside and ET craft – also, often bigger on the inside). Why aren’t we looking in some way for ultra-compressed or ultra-expanded forms of energy that may contain huge amounts or small amounts of information, in discrete units of energy or structures like melodies and minimalist like repetitions. Such information might not simply provide content but actually be able to create and change reality for the recipiant or initiate the transformation of some structure or process. Perhaps such information is already encoded in our own sun and in all suns, or in space itself ? Or at the heart of black holes and white holes ?
At present SETI is primarily focussed on – on off, binary signals. Signals that show something turning on and off. I wonder what SETI would look like if scientists tried to tune into a continuous conversation between minds and hearts in the cosmos. Or if SETI scientists did what I and others like myself do and tried to send messages of their own out into the cosmos using thought, feeling and intention. When you practice SETI in this way you move beyond on off/binary communication and move into relationships. That then, is real intelligence !
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Posted on April 17, 2017, in ET Contact, SETI, Uncategorized and tagged alien contact, aliens, blogging, blogs, Bright Garlick, Cosmology, ET and I, ET contact, ETs, experiencer, Science, SETI, wordpress. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.