Professor Avi Loeb, the founding director of Harvard University’s — Black Hole Initiative, director of the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the former chair of the astronomy department at Harvard University discusses what would happen if mankind were to discover traces of alien technology on Earth, our solar system, and the implications such a discovery would have.
Have you ever wondered about what would happen if we were to find, excavate, or come across artifacts that were made artificially, but not on Earth, and not by humans? What would happen and what would be our reaction to discovering alien artifacts on our planet? What would happen if we found conclusive evidence we are not the only intelligent species in the universe? What if we have already been visited by aliens, as the former chair of the astronomy department at Harvard suggested not so long ago?
Without a doubt, the discovery of such artifacts would profoundly change humankind’s understanding of life, our place in the universe, and our purpose in existence.
But what exactly would it mean to us, and are we searching for such artifacts already?
The answer is Galileo Project, a scientific approach to looking for evidence of alien civilizations in our solar system, and the man behind the project is Professor Avi Loeb, a Harvard astronomer, and author of “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.”
What would exactly happen if we were to encounter alien technology is difficult to put into words, on his Medium page, Professor Loeb has written precisely about this scenario.
Professor Loeb explains that, in contrast to human consciousness, physical objects like stars, black holes, dark matter, and the cosmic microwave background obey the strict laws of physics.
Discovering extraterrestrial life or their footprints is like finding cosmic relatives we’ve never met, who can open doors to our past.
Scientific equations cannot provide an adequate explanation for their existence, as their implications extend well beyond the halls of academia.
Science and not science fiction
Discovering alien artifacts, or physical evidence of their existence is something between science and science fiction.
In order to properly study UFOs and possible technologies not from Earth, we need a different approach. We need to start looking outside the box and think with an open mind. After all, science should be curious.
This different approach is slowly being accepted by experts around the globe, as several scientists have acknowledged the importance of applying a rigorous scientific study to subjects such as Unidentified Flying Objects, more commonly known as UAP –or unidentified aerial phenomena.
A step further is the Galileo Project, whose goal is to use the standard scientific method to discover if technological equipment from extraterrestrial civilizations exists near Earth—as suggested in the UAP Report to Congress or with the discovery of the strange interstellar object Oumuamua.
Discovering we are not the only species in the entire universe could rock our world and have broad implications for our most fundamental questions, as revealed by Professor Loeb.
Some of the questions addressed by Professor Loeb, and how the discovery of alien life could transform the answers are the following:
- What is the purpose of life? Having been around for a longer period of time since the Big Bang, potential alien civilizations may have a better perspective on the universe. As historical records of our ancestors date back less than ten thousand years, it would be presumptuous for us to grasp this meaning
- Before the Big Bang, what happened? How did Dark Energy and Dark Matter originate? What happens inside a black hole? and other scientific puzzles. Extraterrestrial science may answer many of our unanswered questions since it is far more advanced than ours. As Professor Loeb puts it, “Just as opening a random page in a recipe book does not land on the best cake possible, humans may not be the smartest beings since the Big Bang.”
- Is God real? And by that, Professor Loeb means “someone who can create life or new universes”, and if their scientific understanding of biology and quantum gravity is much more advanced than ours, then they might have the abilities that our religious texts attribute to divine power. Let us not forget that after only a century of scientific development, we are on the verge of creating synthetic life.
These are just some of the questions Professor Loeb tackles in his post “A Sermon about Extraterrestrials,” which you can read by clicking here.
Indeed, discovering alien life, or traces of their existence is perhaps the greatest discovery in the history of our civilization. Society, religion, and science will all be affected in their unique ways. Life would change. History would too. That what was considered no more than science fiction would quickly turn into reality.
Conspiracies would shatter as they become actuality. And perhaps then, and it would seem only then, will mankind put their differences aside, realize we are on one small, fragile planet. There is no escaping this world, at least not yet.
Are you ready?
Further Reading: A Sermon about Extraterrestrials
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