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November 3rd, 2015
Despite Long Odds, Real Science About Extraterrestrials Is Being Conducted
By Dale Roethlisberger

A few years ago, we concluded that it seemed unlikely that the SETI Program (i.e. Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) would ever be successful. However, there are many examples in science where highly unlikely research resulted in a major breakthrough. While it still seems a longshot, SETI has constantly upgraded their technology, methods, and research approaches. Given the great importance of the research for mankind, we believe you should, at least, become knowledgeable about the organization. Here are some choices:

View SETI Home Page OR; Donate To SETI OR; Use Your Online Computer to Process SETI Data

Another great science program to follow would be NASA’s Kepler Telescope. It’s mission is to search star systems for planets. In particular, scientists are excited about finding ‘Goldilocks’ planets. These are planets around other solar systems that have potential to be Earth like. A huge resource about this NASA mission is available online. Here’s a direct link to the website and we think you’ll be convinced it’s a good use of U.S. taxpayer dollars.
Kepler Telescope Home Page

June 13th, 2014
There Is a Reason Why the TV Series ‘Ancient Aliens’ is So Popular
By Dale Roethlisberger

The ‘Ancient Aliens’ TV series (now on the cable channel H2 – History 2) is not popular because it is actual history nor even recognized as  well thought-out scientific speculation. Certainly, the scientific community has shown its disdain for certain ‘facts’ presented in the show. On the other hand, scientifically, we have projects like the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) or the Kepler planet finding satellite. There are clearly some contexts where the thought of potential alien life forms is a compelling idea worth further exploration. Where to draw the line, as far as science is concerned, is changeable as the evidence or new theories emerge over time.

Actual history demonstrates that so-called ‘scientific’ speculation can lead to actual science because the baseline speculation seems possible and it is compelling enough to spur theorists and researchers to act. We, as a species, tend to forget about all the abject failures and these rarely get many lines in the history books unless they further along an eventual break through. We do enjoy science fiction, nowadays, for more than a hundred years. Jules Verne and his submarine. Star Trek communicators and cell phones. It is important that as many minds as possible are afforded the opportunity to examine and think about emerging ideas. We may laugh about that crazy TV show centuries from now, but, what if some irrefutable ‘ancient alien’ evidence does turn up. The whole game does change.

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August 20th, 2009
The Genetic Code May Contain Evidence of Extraterrestial Life and Intelligence
By Dale Roethlisberger

Any structured set of information can be parsed or statistically analyzed in specific ways to yield information not readily apparent. Common examples of this outcome would be the prophecies of Nostradamus or keywords in the so-called Bible Code. Statisticians would point out that these models do appear to generate valid conclusions, but it is highly likely that these correlations are spurious. On the other hand, very few have made attempts to perform this type of analysis on the genetic code. There is the distinct possibility that embedded messages could be found in even the most primitive strands of DNA.

There are whole sections of most DNA molecules that appear to be inactive in any living organism. Why are those sections ‘turned off’. Or perhaps, they are the copyright notice from some very long lived civilization tinkering with DNA as an inter-galactic transmission medium known as life. We already have evidence in the form of extremophiles that life can crawl into environmental niches totally unexpected. Furthermore, we have instances where bacteria and viruses appear to have survived prolonged periods in space. Maybe some explanation can be found in the genetic code itself.

We suggest an attempt be made to crack the genetic code from a purely informational point of view. It might be rather interesting if a message like ‘Greetings from the Krell on Altair IV’ pops out of such an analysis. Better yet, what if there are some molecular scientific principles embedded in the code that represent important breakthroughs for mankind.

February 1st, 2008
Lack of Effective Planetwide Government Impedes Contact With Intelligent Extra-Terrestials
By Dale Roethlisberger

The non-interference directive in those old ‘Star Trek’ TV episodes is an important idea. Countless times in human history, ‘outside’ cultures have decimated the societies and people they are visiting, whether for the purposes of war or peace or just a pit stop on the way to somewhere else. Mankind runs this risk even in speculating about ET’s. Invariably, some disease, disruptive technology, or shift in paradigm of social thought occurs. The consequences are usually disasterous.

Many times in our human history, when it’s just one group/leader meeting and negotiating with ‘outsiders’, the disruptive nature of a new cultural involvement can be spread out over a longer period of time and distinct negative conditions can be avoided entirely. It’s no guarantee, and you can only remotely imagine what the consequences of contact with intelligent extra-terrestials will bring. However, it is certain that if we Earthlings present ourselves as a planetwide negotiator (i.e. effective World Government) we stand a better chance of having a positive outcome when the intelligent aliens do come.

If I were one of the ET’s, I wouldn’t want to visit here under the current circumstances. The demands of every world leader alone would produce a ‘headache’ of galactic proportions. Imagine the reaction to an outside ‘religious’ belief that has no precedence here and may be tens of thousands or even millions of years old. National boundaries and cultural boundaries would be shattered. Until we have an effective way to represent ourselves beyond Earth, I say to the UFO people and the SETI scientists, be very careful, you may find what you are looking for.