May 19, 2021 | David F. Coppedge

Scientists Are Warming Up to UFOs

What has long been dismissed as fanaticism about UFOs has lately gone mainstream. What’s up?

There have always been UFOs, as unidentified flying objects. In that category, even birds or the planet Venus qualify – until they are identified. But claims that UFOs represent advanced technologies of enemy countries or (gasp!) space aliens have long been assigned to the category of nutty conspiracy theories, akin to fanatical searches for Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster. Not any more. The military is admitting to many sightings of unexplained objects defying the known laws of physics. They are releasing videos of sightings. They are promising more transparency on records of UFOs long kept from the public.

On 60 Minutes this past weekend, a Navy man showed an apparent craft descending into the ocean and continuing at high speed underwater. He said he and his peers have seen UFOs like that in restricted air space off Virginia every day for two years. The host repeated that in disbelief. Certain newscasters, like popular Fox News evening host Tucker Carlson, have been setting aside prime time for showing the latest UFO sightings and speculating about what they are. Carlson’s “expert” guests are shifting lately from amateur UFOlogists to credible military insiders.

Here are some recent news reports taking UFOs seriously. Similar stories are easy to find with internet searches. The pace of interest is picking up.

  • Government has gone decades without answering UFO questions (Tucker Carlson Tonight, 19 May 2021)
  • UFO answers coming soon? The Pentagon to report on mysterious sightings. (Live Science).
  • What does the Pentagon’s new UFO task force mean? Experts weigh in. (Live Science).
  • Are UFOs a threat? We need to investigate, says former head of secret US program (Live Science).
  • Sen. Rubio: Some Lawmakers Are ‘Very Interested’ in UFO Sightings, Should Be Taken Seriously (Epoch Times)
  • Pentagon Confirms Images Of Supposed UFOs Were Taken By U.S. Navy Personnel (Daily Wire)
  • Rubio’s unsettling warning: UFOs are flying over U.S. military bases, we have no idea what they are (WND)

Readers should understand that most evolutionists are SETI supporters but generally do not believe that space aliens are visiting the earth in high-tech craft. Carl Sagan was clear on the distinction. While he believed that a million advanced civilizations could exist in the Milky Way galaxy, he dismissed UFO reports. Even SETI articles, though, have lately been getting stranger and stranger. Will the two groups of believers merge? If so, what does that mean?

Seti: how microbes could communicate with alien species (The Conversation). Inquiring minds should be forewarned that The Conversation is one of the least reliable science news sites, with a mix of good and bad science. The authors of this article are proponents of panspermia. One of them is Chandra Wickramasinghe, a long-time proponent of a particular brand of targeted panspermia who believes aliens are seeding the universe with microbes. He and astronomer Fred Hoyle proposed the theory in their book Evolution from Space (1984), in which they argued that the origin of life is so extremely improbable, it must have been designed by space aliens. Creationists considered them useful for emphasizing the mathematical improbability of evolution but rejected the panspermia idea. In the current article, Wickramasinghe and Slijepcevek think microbes are as philosophical as human beings, capable of communicating with faraway civilizations of microbes.

To understand microbes, we need to challenge our anthropocentric prejudices. While many of us see microbes as single-cell organisms that cause diseases, the reality is different. Microbes are loosely organised multi-cellular entities. Bacteria, for example, live as member societies of several billion – colonies capable of “thinking” and decision-making.

Moving along, we examine more mainstream articles on SETI and UFOs. “Mainstream” we shall see is a subjective term.

Why bringing Martian rocks back to Earth is a bad idea (New Scientist). So certain is Paul Marks that other planets have life, he considers it very dangerous and irresponsible for NASA to return Martian samples to Earth. The Perseverance rover is currently gathering samples to be fetched and returned in about a decade. To Marks, this risks contaminating the Earth with alien life forms.

Scientists find molecular patterns that may help identify extraterrestrial life (Phys.org). This article bounces off of Star Trek to opine that life can be very different from what we know. Japanese scientists, along with Americans, are channeling Mr. Spock to be ready for thinking outside the box (that is, the cell).

Since we still have no known sample of alien life, this leaves scientists with a conceptual paradox: did Earth life make some arbitrary choices early in evolution that were locked in, and thus, could life be constructed otherwise, or should we expect that all life everywhere is constrained in exactly the same way it is on Earth? How can we know that the detection of a particular molecule type is indicative of whether it was or was not produced by extraterrestrial life?

These ideas are based squarely on materialism: atoms and molecules organize themselves into entities we call “alive.” Such thinking opens up these secular minds to deception. They could be fooled into thinking anything that seems complex and self-perpetuating is a life form. What about nuclear reactions and fire?

Miss Information. Count the number of times she assumes evolution.

What Is Life? And Will We Find It On Other Planets? (American Chemical Society). For one of its recent YouTube videos Reactions, the ACS uses science seductress Leila Duman to shmooze unwary visitors with the tempting notion that life is easy to evolve. With flattering eyes, and smacking lips, this material girl advertises, “I’m BAD“. She doesn’t know what life is, but she is certain to tickle one’s senses about how easy it is to create it. It evolved on other planets, silly, because it obviously evolved here. Why the hangups? Everybody’s doing it. She and her sidekick ex-spurt, materialist OOLer Nicholas Hud, explain why life is so similar to molecules, they expect to find it emerging on other bodies by chance. The two seem to have compatible chemistry about this.

Could there be life on Jupiter’s moons? (Phys.org). Three of of Jupiter’s four largest moons might have water oceans under their crusts. That can only mean one thing: life could have evolved there! The European Space Agency will launch JUICE, the Jupiter Ice Moons Explorer, to arrive in 2029. NASA also has an Exo-Oceans project to study how life evolves in locked-in water under miles of ice. They’re sure it does. It can eat rock at the ocean bottom, can’t it? But don’t get your hopes up. It will take a long time to know – probably long after these believers are dead and won’t have to be held accountable. If they are wrong, it was a useful lie anyway. They will have discovered the building blocks of lie.

By itself, JUICE is not expected to tell us definitively if there is life on Jupiter’s moons. But its data, along with NASA’s Europa Clipper mission that will arrive in the Jovian system at a similar time to study Europa, could provide useful information on their potential habitability.

‘Library of the Great Silence’ invites E.T. to share long-term survival strategies (Live Science). “Intelligent aliens will soon have a [safe] space here on Earth,” Mike Wall writes, “where they can share how they made it through their technological adolescence.” Wall continues a common SETI theme that if aliens contact is, it proves they found a way to be peaceable and have whatever ‘eternal life’ is possible within the Law of Entropy. He apparently never watched the old TV series “V: The Aliens, Our Friends,” and is ignoring the cookbook in their hands. Instead, Mike Wall gives good press to Jonathon Keats, a true SETI nut with a nuttier idea: developing a “Library of the Great Silence” to invite the aliens (our friends) to share their secrets. (The ‘Great Silence’ refers to the Fermi Paradox: If aliens have been evolving for billions of years, where are they? Why haven’t they found Earth yet?)

Keats wants the library to be universally accessible, and we can’t assume that beings from across the universe will understand any languages spoken here on Earth. So the facility will house not books but artifacts of transition — stuff like handaxes, fossils of extinct species and shards of trinitite, the greenish glass forged by the intense heat of the first-ever atomic bomb blast, at New Mexico’s Trinity Site in July 1945.

If all goes according to plan, the collection will eventually become an interstellar research center, incorporating ideas sent in by creatures across the cosmos. 

At least he has a plan. That proves that his own brain exhibits intelligent design in its origin, however degenerate it has become.

Drake Equation (SETI Institute)

60 years later, is it time to update the Drake equation? (Universe Today). Frank Drake’s pseudoscientific mythoid, the Drake Equation, is too useful to materialists to toss in spite of years of criticism of its “uncertainties and conjectural nature.” Drake himself only regarded it as an “extraordinarily useful heuristic” (useful to whom? Evolutionary materialists, that’s who). Rather than toss it, why not improve it? John Gertz goes through each factor in the list to try to constrain the uncertainties somewhat. When all is said and done, though, he is left with just a new-and-improved pile of uncertainties. It’s hopeless anyway, as it relies on evolutionary factors right at the center: fl, the “fraction of those that actually do give birth to life” and fi, “the fraction of systems with life that evolves technological intelligence.” What can be done? He gives the universal call for all Darwinian projects: we need more funding!

“The Drake Equation sets out to determine N, the number of extant communicating civilizations,” he said. “There is simply no way to determine this by any known means other than by making contact with our first ET and asking it what it might know of the matter. The failure of the Drake Equation paradoxically makes a robust SETI program all the more important, since no amount of armchair speculation can determine N.”

Scientists May Detect Signs of Extraterrestrial Life in the Next 5 to 10 Years (American Physical Society, APS). The James Webb Telescope, set to launch this fall after more than a decade of delays and cost overruns, will be able to detect what astrobiologists consider ‘biosignatures’ – chemical or optical byproducts of life on exoplanets. The believers think it may only take 60 hours of observing to make a detection. “What really surprised me about the results is that we may realistically find signs of life on other planets in the next 5 to 10 years,” said a Darwin inductee (i.e., grad student) at Ohio State.

Look at the amount of interest and dedication there is about life beyond earth, even though there is still zero evidence for it! SETI believers may differ from astrobiologists, and astrobiologists may differ from UFOlogists, but there is one common thread tying them all together: belief in evolution. None of the ones making news in the mainstream media care a whit about God’s word.

In CMI’s excellent documentary Alien Intrusion, historic and scientific experts lead to a compelling conclusion: UFOs are non-physical. They are not physical craft from other stars or galaxies, which are way too far for any physical object to go. They cannot violate the known laws of physics like testimonies say they do. Those who see UFOs are almost always people who have dabbled in the occult. Becoming a Christ follower is the way out of the darkness and deception being promulgated by evil spiritual forces.

Nevertheless, in the Last Days before the judgment on Earth comes, the deception will become global, and deceive many. The Bible speaks of a Big Lie to supersede all Big Lies before the return of Christ. Satan will unleash all his forces to turn people away from their Creator.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (II Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Jesus also warned of signs and wonders that would, “if it were possible,” deceive even the elect: those who follow Christ. Aren’t you glad the Bible warned us of what is coming?

UFOs could figure into Satan’s plan to deceive the world and bring in the Antichrist. He could promise to be one of the aliens Jonathan Keats wants for his “Library of the Great Silence” to teach us how to survive our own war-torn civilization. Keats and most SETI/UFO believers would welcome a highly intelligent being who could promise to bring us out of our adolescence. He would promise that we can be “like God” – Satan’s original lie at creation. The entire ranks of demons mentioned in the Bible could deceive the world with “false signs and wonders”. The astonishing feats of UFOs may be a foretaste of what is coming.

Don’t be deceived. Watch, warn, and think critically about UFO reports, SETI promises and astrobiological myths. Look to the Creator who made you. He offers a blessed hope of resurrection and eternal life with Him, through Christ (Titus 2:13):

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

15 Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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