NASA Said It, So It Must Be So
By Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D.
With NASA’s announcement about space DNA barely off the grid, a new warning of possible alien invasion has been announced. The University of Pennsylvania’s Geography and Meteorology departments, along with a representative from NASA’s Planetary Space Division, have combined to produce a study entitled, Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis. The abstract explains the major focus of their research:
While humanity has not yet observed any extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), contact with ETI remains possible. Contact could occur through a broad range of scenarios that have varying consequences for humanity. However, many discussions of this question assume that contact will follow a particular scenario that derives from the hopes and fears of the author. In this paper, we analyze a broad range of contact scenarios in terms of whether contact with ETI would benefit or harm humanity. This type of broad analysis can help us prepare for actual contact with ETI even if the details of contact do not fully resemble any specific scenario, (Baum, Haqq-Misra, & Domagal-Goldman, 2011).
Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa’s Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity “prepare for actual contact” (Sample, 2011). While making it crystal clear that he, Domagal-Goldman, was contributing to the effort as a concerned citizen and not a NASA spokesman, he and his colleagues made several suggestions.
Researchers put the kibosh on SETI
To bolster humanity’s chances of survival, these researchers called for caution in sending signals into space. They particularly warned against broadcasting information about our biological make-up, which could be used to manufacture weapons that target humans. Instead, any contact with ETs should be limited to mathematical discourse “until we have a better idea of the type of ETI we are dealing with” (Sample, 2011). With that pronouncement, these experts have told us that the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project and all of its incarnations, i.e. Search for Extraterrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations (SERENDIP), SERENDIP II, NASA Microwave Observing Program (MOP) and Project Phoenix, Suitcase SETI, Megachannel Extra-Terrestrial Assay (META and META II) and finally Billion-channel Extra-Terrestrial Assay (BETA), might actually have been a very dangerous expenditure and harmful to humanity’s future existence.
I know the enormous monies invested in these fruitless endeavors, Carl Sagan’s concept for the movie Contact, staring Jodie Foster notwithstanding, will continue to be wasted by science fiction enthusiasts masquerading as astrobiologists. On March 23, 1999, tragedy struck the 26-meter radio telescope on which Sentinel, META, and BETA were based. The structure was blown over by strong winds and seriously damaged. This forced the BETA project to cease operation. However, fear not because private monies continue to fund broadcast signals into outer space (Rowitt, 2011).
Ripping off a bad remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still
I would not be so incensed if it were not for the obvious plagiarism of these astrobiologists with regard to the theme of the remake of the classic science fiction thriller, The Day the Earth Stood Still. The original critically acclaimed 1951 version starring Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal showed the aliens in a benevolent light. These aliens were concerned about earthling’s tendencies towards possible nuclear annihilation, but the message was decidedly hopeful. Not so with the 2008 heavy on special effects remake starring Keanu Reeves in the Michael Rennie role of Klaatu. This time the screenwriters were tried and true global warming fear-mongers. The new theme condemned mankind for their collective mistreatment of the environment. Keanu was sent to decide if humanity was worthy of a reprieve or should the aliens just put us out of our collective misery.
So now, we must gear up for the coming alien invasion. When we take our science fiction so seriously that we end up writing research scenarios concerning our future demise at the hands of environmentalist aliens, I think it is time to call these self-proclaimed doomsday prophets on their fanciful and entirely unscientific musings. Meanwhile, these are many of the same people who scoff at the Biblical account of a worldwide cataclysmic flood. Yet, they are perfectly OK with extraterrestrial exterminators coming to pronounce judgment on mankind for our poor stewardship of planet Earth. Who knew that manmade greenhouse gases would bring upon mankind a preemptive strike by little green men from outer space?
I would strongly suggest that mankind prepare. I’m all for preparation, however, it’s not for an alien invasion, it’s not for death via the debunked phony pseudoscience of manmade global warming, it’s not even for the real threat of nuclear war. I would ask everyone who is concerned about the fate of the human race to take a good hard look at the Word of God. That is the source of real truth for mankind. There you can lean about the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, Jesus of Nazareth. He is the only source of true hope for mankind. Almost two thousand years ago, a Jewish fisherman-turned-Apostle wrote to the first century believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and His Messiah, Jesus Christ, the following instruction:
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, II Peter 3:1-9.
Take care that you are not deceived. There is going to be an invasion from the heavens, but it will not be an alien invasion. It will be the appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who today calls out to everyone by His Holy Spirit, saying, Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest, Matt. 11:28.