MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Yesterday as I was going through my news feed, there were a few Ground Zero listeners on the east coast that were telling me to be prepared for the best UFO sighting footage ever recorded. I noticed that UFO over New Jersey was trending on Twitter and so I was busy trying to find footage if any of this remarkable UFO.
At first glance I was immediately curious because it most certainly looked like a huge UFO. There were many angles of this thing on many cell phones – each one was getting clearer and even in the clearest footage I was noticing how impressive it was.
Then I saw a blinking light on the top of this alleged mother ship and then I realized that what I was looking at was a blimp. For a moment it was if the apocalyptic bingo card was about to have another space filled.
Many people have said hate there are at least two things that they worry will happen in 2020 – one is the Yellowstone Caldera erupting and of course, an alien invasion.
The truth is that while the alien invasion was immediately reduced to the dreaded Goodyear blimp — what is lost on everyone is how this simple thing triggered a response the way it did.
I mean you would think that people in New Jersey have seen a blimp at various sporting events and so this would be a common thing. This is what is vet compelling – there were many witnesses, many angles and the thing even caused a traffic jam.
All for a blimp.
This brings up a very important topic and that is how the mind perceives things and how it triggers a response.
I remember the first time I had heard of the “alien autopsy” there was a lot of homework that went into this hoax and I contend that it doesn’t matter if they are hoaxes or not, they actually make an imprint on our consciousness and they are part of a ritual or drill to prepare us for the real encounter when or if it happens.
Now I am not saying that the Blimp’s purpose was to prepare us for an alien attack –what I am saying is that what the people saw –and what it truly was does not matter—it is what the brain and the consciousness registers.
It is your unarmed response to something familiar or unfamiliar – the mind fills in the blanks and it is stored in your consciousness.
One of philosophy’s oldest paradoxes is the contradiction between what the human mind perceives, what it knows and how it assesses information in order to make a hypothesis.
Hypothesis, of course, is an educated theory of something that is really not known – it can also be nothing more than a guess based on cognitive bias. Many of these theories are based on limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
This is why I find it so irritating when I hear that conspiracy theories have been rendered to anathema by the media. I guess we would be better suited to list any and all hypothetical theories about a subject in order to fend off the trolls that think conspiracy theorists are cranks in need of insulting epithets.
Sure people can mistake blimps for alien ships but the truth is whatever it was in the beginning it was an unidentified craft – the whole alien hypothesis should come much later when the obvious is ruled out but the unarmed response is to immediately identify with some apocalyptic answer because look around and understand what everything appears to be – apocalyptic – it’s the end of the world as we know it and no one is feeling fine.
The long haul of scary stories and mayhem in the world causes us to be pessimistic about the state of the world and our future. Strangely enough, because of our psychological environment and similar biases, every generation tends to feel as if it is the end of the world.
For most people—the general bias is being fueled by their political ideologies. It used to be that politics were only a small part of one’s life – now it is like the focal point of many American which like it or not is similar to the mindset that is created by what is called destructive dynamics. The same used by destructive cults.
The technocrats want to remind you that science is right at all times and what they don’t tell you is that psychology and the mind’s perception eventually wins and this is why gas lighting is so effective.
The vast majority of people will say we live in the end times and that just might be but if we were told that there is hope and that we can use our intellect and faith to get us through and that there may be something better just beyond our two feet maybe things would change.
I know you might be thinking, “No, Clyde this time it really is worse than ever!” and It just might be. There are legitimate reasons to be concerned… and hopeful at the same time.
Most critical thinkers know how to apply classical logic to most things, however, are reluctant to use naïve logic when it comes to playing in the so-called scientific fields that defy any and all logic. Naive logic is simply a presumption. You can presume anything about a subject and you can take all kinds of liberties when you are discussing hypothetical characters and or objects that may or may not exist.
This also goes for events or recollection of events that may add to an argument of something particularly outrageous or supernatural.
There is an old Latin axiom: “Ex Falso quod libet” which means falsehood is implied with every statement, however, every statement implies truth which contradicts the previous.
Basically, if a contradiction or a false proposition is proven to be true, then it proves that everything is true.
Now keeping this in mind I am sure a lot of people are unaware that the world received a major announcement about life in space yesterday.
Researchers have spotted phosphine, a rare and toxic gas, in the atmosphere of Venus, suggesting that it may be home to alien life.
The discovery is not a direct observation of life on another planet. But the sheer quantity of phosphine on Venus cannot be explained through any known process, leading researchers to suggest that it is a sign of alien life in our solar system.
On Earth, phosphine is one of the most foul-smelling gases, with the odor of rotting fish, and is found in places such as pond slime and penguin dung. While it is made through some industrial processes, it is also created by anaerobic organisms, including bacteria and microbes.
As such, it is thought to be an excellent “biosignature”, or indication of life. Experts have in the past suggested that the discovery of phosphine in large quantities on other rocky planets would be a certain indicator of alien life – and now it has been found on Venus.
A Biosignature is evidence that says or suggests that life has been present on a planet and are often very hard to find and interpret.
Scientists examining fossilized life on Earth can generally reach some sort of agreement about what is before them, but what about the soft-bodied or even single-celled organisms that were the sum total of life on Earth for much of the planet’s history as a living domain?
Scientific disagreements are common.
But you would not hear this statement with regards to COVID-19 or even Climate Change because the science behind both of these things are politically charged and therefore we hear that it is all agreed upon.
This is why it should not be anathema to challenge he opinions of so called “experts” that give us information that is used for political reasons.
Science at times can be an organized system ignorance and there are more things on heaven and earth that can be dreamt in any philosophy.
This is truth – this is the real science. Science that uses hypothesis and theory to create repetitive results that can be proven rather than speculated about or doctored to fit a political agenda.
The theories surrounding life on Venus and the basic science is simple.
The surface of Venus is hot and acidic, and so the conditions on the ground would make any kind of life difficult. But the environment in its upper cloud decks is thought to be more habitable – about 35 miles up, the conditions are more temperate.
That is where the gas is thought to be found. Those clouds are so acidic that they would destroy any phosphine quickly, meaning that something must be actively forming it, and the amount of the gas found is such that it cannot be easily explained in any other way.
So it may be life but not as we know it.
Of course, there have been long-standing issues and challenges, but they have taken on a greater urgency of late as NASA missions (and those of other space agencies around the world) are being designed to actively look for signs of extraterrestrial life – most likely very simple life – past or present.
The combination of increased urgency and great difficulty in identifying simple life forms has given rise to at least one new way of thinking about those potential signs of life. Scientists call them “agnostic biosignatures” and they do not presuppose any particular biochemistry.
Meaning that like most science – the nature of those signs of life is not settled. There are many lines of thinking with regard to what is out there.
Science is doing something that the media and politicians will tell you never happens—they are now embracing the uncertainty and are going on faith.
This is what science is – this is how these impossible things become possible.
Enabling robust communities of scientists who focus on questions relevant to the goals of finding biosigns is a critical part of scientists work to understand the universe, advance human exploration, and inspire the next generation.
Science should be a cause to elevate humanity not elevate political agendas.
Finding life on Venus should have been the news that interrupted our obsession with Black Lives Matter, Climate Change, or even COVID-19 because this is the kind of science that gives us a bit of hope as opposed to an apocalypse that can be abbreviated by voting one party over the other.
Venus has not revealed all of her secrets as scientists are saying that what they have is simply an anomalous and unexplained chemistry – that is giving us signs of life. There will be further work will be required to know for certain. But scientists have ruled out all other explanations based on what we know about Venus. Either phosphine is produced by some sort of chemical or geological process that no one knows about – or there could be a biological reason.
Experts not involved in the research described the findings as a “genuinely exciting result”, noting that the findings at the very least show very unusual processes taking place on Venus. The planet – acidic, and hot enough to melt lead, has not been one of the chief places in the solar system that researchers have looked to find alien life.
The discovery came as something of an accident, when researchers looked to carry out a test on whether it might be possible to detect phosphine in the environment of Venus as a way of establishing a technical baseline.
But the observations unexpectedly turned up the discovery that there was a detectable amount of phosphine in the clouds above Venus.
Science is never settled because there is always more to learn. I find it interesting that while scientists are now discussing the makeup of gases on a planetary neighbor like Venus – we are being told that things like greenhouse gas sciences are settled and that Climate Change is the default position for every anomaly that Mother Nature is throwing at us.
The reason this is happening is simple Venusians don’t vote. Politics that urge or say that science is settled for their political gain are evil and those who follow them are ignorant.
Scientists understand that observations are rarely complete—that interpretations often vary. There is usually considerable room for discussion and debate. Debate is as important to science as consensus is to politics. But debate needs to be based on observations, not opinions.
We are all consumers of climate. As we watch climate change, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to understand what is happening, whether we might be partially to blame because of geoengineering, what actions we can take to minimize the changes, and how we can best adapt to these changes.
For 150 years, many scientists have concluded that changes in greenhouse-gas concentrations must be the cause of changes in climate. People who feel a strong need to take action right away to reduce greenhouse emissions say “look, the science is settled. We all understand greenhouse-warming theory. We need to stop debating and get on with reducing greenhouse-gas emissions before it is too late.”
Yet these same people cannot explain why average global temperatures remained nearly constant from 1998 to 2013, in the clearly-observed, global-warming hiatus, while greenhouse-gas concentrations continued to rise steadily at ever increasing rates. They cannot explain why no one has ever measured experimentally in the laboratory or in the field, the amount of warming that occurs when greenhouse-gas concentrations are doubled. They cannot explain why ocean heat content continued to escalate throughout the global warming hiatus. They cannot explain why 2015 is suddenly the hottest year on record.
New observations show that volcanic eruptions have major effects on climate, not only causing cooling, but also causing sudden warming. How can slow and steady increases in greenhouse gas concentrations cause the sudden warming of the world out of ice-age conditions within years that has been observed clearly, dozens of times? What is the relative importance of ozone depletion caused by volcanic eruptions versus greenhouse gases?
There is always more to learn. That is what makes science challenging. That is what makes pursuing science fun.
Studying the gasses on Venus is fun and interesting as we are beginning to see that life may be able to thrive in hellish conditions.
Venus has a crushing carbon dioxide atmosphere 90 times as thick as Earth’s. There is almost no water vapor. Temperatures reach 864 degrees Fahrenheit (at its surface.
Scientists long have theorized that Venus formed out of ingredients similar to Earth’s, but followed a different evolutionary path. Measurements by NASA’s Pioneer mission to Venus in the 1980s first suggested Venus originally may have had an ocean.
However, Venus is closer to the sun than Earth and receives far more sunlight. As a result, the planet’s early ocean evaporated, water-vapor molecules were broken apart by ultraviolet radiation, and hydrogen escaped to space. With no water left on the surface, carbon dioxide built up in the atmosphere, leading to a so-called runaway greenhouse effect that created present conditions.
Venus is not Earth but of course, there are doomsayers that say that the Earth will wind up like Venus in some strange runaway greenhouse effect.
Yet when that happens, Earth will already have been dead for billions of years.
However, some politicians give us 12 years, some say 10 – Al Gore says if you vote for Trump, we have two years before we end up like Venus and Greta Thunberg is grimacing somewhere expecting people to give up their lives as they know them.
Because as they will tell you – “The science is settled.”