How did extraterrestrials survive their nuclear age?

THE DEPROLIFERATOR — However overwhelming a world or national crisis may seem, one can’t help but suspect that it isn’t entirely new. If you’re sympathetic to the view that life exists elsewhere in the universe, it follows that other planets have confronted problems similar to ours on earth and lived to see another day (however long that is in another galaxy). For example, how did the denizens of another planet survive an era when its states, federations, or territories were armed with nuclear weapons or their extraterrestrial equivalent?

Among those unsympathetic to evidence that expeditionaries from deep space frequent our environs are theorists who would argue that the inhabitants of other worlds failed to outlive the class of doomsday weapon peculiar to their planet. For example, the Daily Galaxy writes about Mike Treder of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, who . . .

. . . suggests that since there is, at this point, no direct and/or widely apparent evidence that extraterrestrial life exists, it likely means [that, for instance] they have all run into some sort of “cosmic roadblock” [such as] an arms race involving nano-built weaponry [that] eventually destroys them, or at least prevents their expansion beyond a small area. Continue reading

Nota Bene #99: Heed the Peace Gnome

“You just pick up a chord, go twang, and you’ve got music.” Who said it? Continue reading

Alienating aliens: Do nukes make them go ballistic?

THE DEPROLIFERATOR — Paul R. Hill was an aerodynamics scientist who led some key projects for NASA. Also, like moon-walking astronaut Edgar Mitchell, he believed in UFOs, in part because of two personal sightings. In fact, Hill marshaled his aerodynamic and mathematical expertise to the task of determining what made them fly. . . and stop on a dime. . . and change directions in a heartbeat. The book that was the result of his labors, Unconventional Flying Objects (Hampton Roads Publishing, 1995), is one of the most respected works in UFO lore, as well as great fun to read (despite all the equations).

Hill determined that their means of propulsion were — no surprise — an anti-gravity force field. Of course, he wasn’t able to conceptualize a working model. Had he been, NASA would no doubt have yanked him out of retirement and become involved in a tug of war with the Pentagon for his services. Continue reading