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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Seemingly Unassociated Coincidences

Fate is a construct of the human mind.  I do not believe in fate.  I also think there is no such thing as luck.  For the most part, some things just happen and there is nothing one can do about it.  Yet, sometimes there are too many coincidences to ignore, too many unassociated events which could possibly have an association if you used your imagination.  

People do this all the time.  Often they are wrong: the bigfoot hunter who sees a shadow in the woods, the anti-vaxxer who meets a mom whose kid has autism, the climate change denier who gets frostbite.  But then there are the times when going on a hunch based on limited data can bear fruit: Columbus reaches the Western Hemisphere, Pasteur cures rabies, the TV weatherman predicts the weather.

Yesterday some weird things happened to me.  I was at the local wholesale club with Mrs. M.  We had two shopping carts filled to the rafters like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.  We looked like those guys in India who carry an entire year's harvest to market on a motorcycle.  Sometimes the rest of the family is on the bike too.  How do they do that?

Overloaded Motorcycle
Me and Mrs. M. shopping at the wholesale store

Usually we do the self-checkout but we had a lot of stuff and a cashier was open so I went to him.  It must have been his first day, or something.  He was awful.  He slammed my bananas around like they owed him money.  He took the ground turkey out of its produce-bag-turned-salmonella-prophylactic to scan it and then left the bag off.  He completely ignored the case of Bubly seltzer under my cart.  

Some people would see the cashier miss an item and just roll with it.  Even some good God-fearing people feel OK about ripping off a "Big Box" store.  Believe me, I debated it for a brief moment.  But it did not require much thought for me to point out the guy's mistake to him.  Part of me felt bad for him and did not want to be the reason he got fired.  Part of me just wanted to do right, whatever that means.  I directed him to scan the seltzer.  However, he failed to scan the enormous cases of toilet paper and paper towels Mrs. M. had under her cart.  

We did not notice this second malfeasance because we were trying to figure out which two of the three pairs of ski gloves we wanted to keep and which one we wanted to put back.  That place has everything!  When we finally decided, the guy tried to deduct the cost of the third pair from our total.  We had to explain to him that he had never scanned it and we simply did not feel like walking the item back to its home.  All in all, we could have gotten out of there with close to $100 of free stuff but we did end up paying for everything after an embarrassing moment at the door due to the unscanned TP and paper towels.

Then, the moment we got out into the vestibule at the exit it started to pour rain.  We were in a rush to pick up some pizza we had ordered for the kids before it got cold and dried out but we needed to buy a bottle of wine to cook with later in the week.  I told Mrs. M. to wait out the rain in the vestibule for a few minutes while I ran next door to the liquor store.  When I got to the register the tab was $93.  OK, so it was not just a bottle of wine, there was some other stuff, some rum and some rye and three more bottles of wine.  So the cashier says to me, "If you want to round it up to an even hundred, you can take something else."  I did not get what she was slinging so I just said, "Yeah, I'm good, thanks."  Then she pointed at a gift set of a bottle of something I did not recognize packed with some nice glasses.  It was $37.  She said, "Are you sure?  You could get something like that," pointing at the gift set, "for an even hundred."

If I had had time to put any amount of thought into it I cannot honestly say if I would have done the right thing.  Maybe it was good that I was in a hurry.  I went with my first instinct and that was to decline the offer.  She even winked at me!  It was one of the most bizarre things that has ever happened to me in my life - and I have had a close encounter with a UFO!  It reminded me of the time Eddy Murphy dressed up as a white person to infiltrate the White World and people started giving him free stuff.

When I got back to Mrs. M. the rain had died down enough to take our shopping carts out to the parking lot without getting soaked.  We proceeded to the pizzeria.  I got out of the car without my mask, something I cannot remember having ever done since I started wearing one in early March.  I almost made it inside before Mrs. M. shouted at me and reminded me.  That woman saved my life!  OK, maybe not but I would have obsessed about having exposed myself to COVID for at least a week afterwards.  Once inside, the woman behind the counter who I think is one of the owners asked me if I wanted a free cheese pizza.  Someone had ordered it and not picked it up.

There was no moral dilemma this time.  I have worked in a couple pizza places when I was younger and I know how it goes.  When someone orders a pie without paying and decides not to pick it up, it is given to the staff or thrown away.  This pizza was like an abandoned puppy in shelter.  I had to take it home or it would die.  Plus, it was the owner who was offering it to me, I think.  I gladly accepted.  I cannot bear to see pizza thrown away.  That is a sin, in my house.

Back in the Family Truckster, I told Mrs. M. that I should have played Lotto.  Then I explained all the weird things that had happened, all of which went in my favor, the possible free stuff in the wholesale store, the offer to collude on a heist from the liquor store, the gifted pizza.  I really should have gone back out to buy a lottery ticket after we got all the food and supplies put away in the Zombie Bomb Shelter.  I think it was my lucky night - even though I do not believe in luck.  No such thing.

Then there was today - totally opposite.  I went to the post office - no parking.  I had to wait for a spot to open and then had to squeeze my gigantic Chevy Suburban (said Family Truckster) into a space meant for a Fiat.  The guy at the counter gave me a hard time about the birthday card I was trying to mail because it was too thick.  He wanted to charge me extra.  Then he had me sign for a certified letter.  I have not opened it yet but nothing good ever comes by certified mail - except one time last year.  My neighbor was required by law to notify me by certified mail that she was having her pool filled in.  At first I thought she was suing me for something.  We had a good laugh about it afterwards.  Then Lockdown happened.  I asked her if she regretted filling in the pool.  Her adult children who had moved back in all said, "YES!!!"  Oops!  Sore spot.

Anyway, then I went to the bank and missed the turn and had to go around and try it again.  When I arrived I messed up my approach to the drive-thru ATM.  I could barely reach the machine and had a hard time getting my card and my cash out of it.  I thought I was going to make it rain twenties all over the parking lot.

I bought a lottery ticket.

Moments later I was on the road back home and there was a municipal tractor coming the other way.  Several cars were speeding around it in my lane.  After I had gotten close enough to the tractor that the oncoming traffic should have stopped going around it a guy in a BMW felt entitled to squeeze through.  He floored it as I approached the tractor.  The closer I got, the faster he accelerated.  By the time I realized I was playing a game of Chicken the only way to prevent a head-on collision was for me brake hard enough to activate the anti-lock feature.  All my mail fell on the floor.

Moments after that a deer ran out into the road and stood there for a few seconds, also apparently playing Chicken with me.  I braked again and beeped at him.  I am pretty sure that if deer had fingers he would have given me one.  The whole trip out of the house was like one stumbling block after another.  My lottery ticket is probably a dud - I will probably lose so badly I will owe them money.

Coincidences and Aliens

All of these coincidences, positive one day and negative the next, made me think about aliens.  I wanted to write these things down in my blog.  But what is the link?  What do weird coincidences have to do with aliens?

Then something just happened which brought it all together.  I have been corresponding with a Twitter follower from Wales over the past few days.  The guy's name is Chris Fowler and he is really into UFOs.  I should probably interview him for my YouTube channel.  He seems like the kind of person who would have a lot of cool stories to tell.

Chris sent me a link to a show which featured the famous Ariel School mass UFO encounter in Zimbabwe, which was also recently featured in the movie The Phenomenon.  I love that story.  It is the most convincing eye-witness account(s) ever - even moreso than my own because there were more witnesses.  The Phenomenon's director James Fox participated in the interview.  At one point, the show's host asked the now grown up students if they felt lucky to have been a part of this encounter.  They all had mixed feelings.  They were lucky because they had been a part of something amazing and historic.  But they were unlucky because of the stigma associated with a close encounter.  No one wants to be thought of as a crazy person who "believes" in UFOs even though each one of them steadfastly says, "I know what I saw."

Coincidentally, I had asked "John" the police officer who encountered an alien while on duty how he felt about his close encounter.  Mostly, he was traumatized.  I suspect that in time, having now finally told someone about it (me) he will come to feel like the Ariel School students do.  I certainly do.  It took me a long time to come around to that point of view.  I feel like my encounter was something which defied the odds.  I was extremely fortunate to have witnessed it.  At the same time, as a parent, a businessman, and an active member of my community, it sucks being "That UFO Guy."  I do not want people in my everyday life to know me for that despite the fact that at this point it is no longer a closely-held secret.

Someone on Twitter named Jon asked me about John the policeman's sighting.  Jon was caught up in the fact that John had a car pull up at a police checkpoint and no one was in the car and then John and his partner came face to face with an alien.  Jon remarked, "So two anomalous incidents on a quiet road, at night, interesting."  Yup.  Sure was.  But I think it was just a coincidence.  The reason John goes into so much detail about stopping the car, in the video, is because that was what caused him to leave the road and ultimately encounter this creature.  The two events had nothing to do with each other.  It is likely the driver was drunk, panicked, and bolted.  But the second event would not have happened without the first.

Is spotting a UFO or an alien lucky, pure chance, a coincidence?  Some would say it depends on your belief in luck versus odds, fate versus coincidence.  I still do not believe luck exists, only chance, odds and coincidence.  I was not lucky, I was coincidency or chancey or maybe just oddsy.  Sometimes stuff just happens.

We will see, when the lottery numbers come out.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Police and Aliens

Apparently, Season 2 of History Channel's Unidentified recently made it to Eastern Europe.  Shortly after it aired one of its viewers looked me up and found the David Marceau Facebook page.  He sent me a message.  It read, "Hello! Sorry to disturb but i need some help... i want to write to lue elizondo, but i don t know how to reach him... sorry for my english"  Interesting...

Before reaching out to Lue I decided to do a little sleuthing.  Why bother the guy if this is a big waste of time.  I checked out the Facebook profile of the person who messaged me - I will call him "John" to protect his identity.  John joined Facebook over ten years ago and has been a pretty active member since then.  There are dozens of public posts documenting John's travels, friendships, and relationships.  This is a real guy, not a fake profile someone made for nefarious purposes.

John's posts did not reveal anything bizarre about him.  There are no articles about Bigfoot sightings or El Chupacabra on his page.  He does not even post anything about UFOs.  What could he possibly want to talk to Lue Elizondo about, I thought.

John does not explicitly list his profession on Facebook but it was not difficult for me to discern what it is.  He is a police officer.  I then looked John up on LinkedIn and he had an account there too.  This did in fact list him as a cop.  That was when things got really interesting.  Odds are, a cop is not going to risk his reputation with an outlandish story.  He saw something.

Police and Aliens
From the video
"John" Eastern European Police Officer

I replied to John and asked him if I could tell Lue what this was regarding.  He replied, "Ok.. i will tell you."

John confirmed he is indeed a police officer and then gave me a high-level overview of the night he was on duty and came face-to-face with an alien.

By this point I had texted Lue, asking if I could give the guy his email address.  Lue said yes.

Police and Aliens

John went into more detail about his sighting, under the condition that, "Nobody needs to know, because it may cost me my job."  I agreed.  He began by telling me he comes from a part of the world where people are very superstitious and they believe in all kinds of paranormal folklore.  He is not one of those people.  From what I have gathered, John seems to believe in Science and he disregards anything that is outside the bounds of reality.  Just the facts, ma'am.

This faith would be tested one night in August 2011 when John was out on patrol with a colleague from the military police.  It was a slow night and the Dispatch had not given the two comrades any calls to respond to.  They needed something to put in their report of their eight-hour shift so they decided to set up a checkpoint and pull over some cars.

It was late.  Some time passed and nobody came down the road.  Finally, a little white van approached the checkpoint.  It stopped a ways down the road from them.  They waited a couple minutes to see what it would do.  Its headlights were extremely bright and they could not see past the windshield.  This gave the driver an opportunity to slip out the back door, unseen.

When the two cops realized the driver was not proceeding they approached the van.  It was empty.  They set out to find the driver.  Their search led them a couple hundred yards up a hill which had once been an orchard during the days of Communism but was now overgrown with brush.  They never found the driver.  It was too dark and too large of an area to search with just the two of them.  They gave up and returned to the van to check its registration and any other papers that may have been left behind.  On the way down, they had the shock of their lives.

A dark figure over seven feet tall rose inexplicably from a tiny bush.  It stared at the two men, blankly.  It was extremely skinny with long arms and legs and four fingers on each hand.  Its head was large and its eyes were large and black.  In a panic, the men pulled out their guns and shouted, "Don't move!  Police!"  The figure was unfazed.  It continued staring at them.  Then it took a step about seven or eight feet to the side and collapsed into another tiny bush.  The men jumped into the brush but the figure was gone.  It had completely vanished.

I asked John a number of questions.  He elaborated freely.  This was not something he had to put much thought into, in the moment.  The responses came immediately despite any lag there may have been in sending messages to the other side of the world or the latency of five people simultaneously live-streaming school and work in my house.  It seemed to me like John was replaying the memories in his mind like a movie.

When I was little my dad took me pheasant hunting a few times.  I learned that when you walk through a field of tall grass and brush gamebirds will often not immediately fly away when they hear you.  They will wait until you pass and then fly away in the opposite direction, to your rear.  I asked John if it was possible that he and his partner missed this creature on the way up the hill and they inadvertently flushed it out of its hiding spot just before turning around.  He said if it had been hiding there on his way up the hill he would have stepped on it.  It had not been there.

Was John crazy?  If he had been alone that night he might have thought so, himself.  But he had a partner with him and they both saw the same thing and reacted the same way.  Still, this was crazy.  How could they return to the cop shop and report that they had pulled their guns on an alien?  They agreed to keep their mouths shut about it.  That was nine years ago.  John had kept this to himself until he told me last week.

Having determined that John was for real I wanted to know more.  How did this experience affect him?  Luis Elizondo asked me that same question when he interviewed me here at my house.  My response did not make it into my episode of Unidentified.  I told Lue that the fear I experienced was so great, beyond anything that I can describe with words (and I consider myself a wordsmith) that I am no longer capable of feeling great fear.  It is like the first time you ride a roller coaster or try a cigarette.  There is an intensity to the feeling.  Then you never feel that intensity again no matter how many times you try.

John described something similar.  He also no longer feels much fear.  He told me about an incident on duty when a passing "gypsy" tried to hit him in the head with an ax.  John disarmed the man without ever pulling out his gun.  I related a similar story to John about how one night two men walked into my house and I ran downstairs into the darkness without any weapons, ready to do whatever needed to be done - I never thought twice about it.

There were other similarities between John's experience and my own.  We both had a second witness but never filed an official report with our chains of command.  Neither of us kept in touch with that second witness.  We went about our lives as if nothing had happened.  We kept our stories to ourselves for many years before finally having the right opportunity to share it for the first time.  We were concerned about our reputations, our credibility.  We were both regular guys, not into the Paranormal or even UFOs prior to our respective experiences.  Neither of us wanted to be known as "that weird UFO Guy."

When I first started this blog it was not with the purpose of sharing my pontifications on aliens.  It was simply to document the steps I was taking in my descent "down the rabbit hole" of the UFO Community while I attempted to set up a podcast.  The purpose of that podcast would have been to allow other "experiencers" to share their stories, both to get the information out to the public as well as to provide some therapeutic release to people who have had to keep their mouths shut about what could be a traumatic event - by far, the scariest moment of anyone's life.

Later, I decided not to bother with the podcast and just to continue writing.  I found writing to be gratifying while audio or video production is a chore I do not enjoy.  That has been changing recently, following an offer by Lue Elizondo to do an interview with me for this blog.  I put the interview on my YouTube channel and it was a big success.  Then I did another interview with a veteran of the USS Nimitz.  That was well received.  People have told me, "Keep'm coming."  So I asked John if he would also like to do an interview with me for YouTube.  He agreed.

We had to take some precautions.  John is still concerned about losing his job if he becomes known as the cop who pulled his gun on an alien.  At the very least he would never be thought of the same way by his brothers on the police force if he is found out.  I get it, I saw one too.  We arranged to do the interview at night, his time, so John could shroud his image in darkness.  I told him I could run the audio track through a program to distort it.

The interview went well.  I feel like I really captured some powerful moments.  I do not know if the same feeling will come across to viewers given the distortion of John's voice.  But I was affected by hearing him tell his tale from his own mouth.  I hope this same effect is conveyed to viewers.

John liked the first take but thought his voice was too recognizable.  I added additional distortion.  He wanted to do a re-shoot but I pushed back.  There was so much authenticity in this first telling.  I thought that if John sounded too "scripted" it would be less believable.  After over a week of messaging back and forth and couple a two-day gaps of no contact, John finally agreed.

I wrote this blog article to explain what transpired behind the scenes.  This was both for transparency as well as to fill in some details, answer some questions viewers will have.  I told John I would take any additional questions on the David Marceau Twitter page and relay them to him.

Here is the video of that interview:

Video of "John" Eastern European Police Officer

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Where do Alien Abductees Go?

One day I got in an elevator and saw something that caught my eye and left a lasting impression on me.  This was in the fall of 2005.  At the time I was working for a staffing agency in Stamford, Connecticut.  My office was in a high-rise building downtown, not far from the train station.  

The elevators had little TV screens that would show the day's weather, a few news blurbs, maybe a human interest story, and some advertisements - lots of them.  Most of the ads never registered with me.  I would look away when they came on.  But one ad was preponderous.  It featured a garden gnome and made no mention of the company the ad was promoting.

Where do Alien Abductees Go?
Where do Alien Abductees Go?

I can still remember, two thoughts entered my mind.  One was how stupid it was, what a waste of money it was, to make no mention of the name of the company.  That kind of nonsense had contributed to the Dotcom Bust just a few years earlier.  Well-funded tech companies had blown millions of dollars on poorly executed advertising campaigns which yielded no results.

The other thought I had was, hey I know that gnome!  I had seen this gnome before, had I not?  I had never paid much attention to garden gnomes.  It seemed like a silly concept, something kitschy that people did to ornament their homes instead of investing in some landscaping.  I knew there were different types but really they all looked the same to me.  Yet, I had seen this guy before; this garden gnome in the ad on the elevator, I had seen him before.

After that I started seeing this gnome in other places.  It stuck with me.  It worked.  Fifteen years later, many readers can probably remember this was an ad for a travel website.  It was very successful and even won some awards.

The premise of these Where is my Gnome ads was based on a real life prank.  Someone stole a garden gnome out of someone else's front yard, took it on a trip, snapping pictures of it in famous places, and then returned the gnome with a photo album of his journey.

This got me thinking about aliens.  Also, eating snacks, watering my plants, and walking the dog make me think of aliens.  But back to gnomes, I thought about people like Travis Walton, one of the most famous alien abduction cases.  Travis was taken from a worksite, held for a few days, and then released at another location.  This is a common theme to other abduction cases.

I cannot say I am one hundred percent onboard with alien abduction stories.  Many are just too far out there to believe and some people who tell the stories can also be a little unusual - although perhaps that is just the folks who choose to tell their stories.  They have nothing to lose by speaking up.  The more successful and level-headed abductees keep their mouths shut for fear of destroying their credibility.  At least that is the pattern with UFO sightings.  Why would it be different with abduction cases?

At any rate, tin-foil hats notwithstanding, there are a few very credible and believable abduction stories, Walton's being one of them.  What do aliens do with the people they abduct, I have wondered.  Why take someone, hold them for a few days, and them return them?  I have pondered the question of Why do Aliens Abduct People before and come up with some possible answers but really, we in the general public have no way of knowing.  So until some aliens hire a PR firm and publish an official press release, I will go on speculating about it.

Where do Alien Abductees Go?

One thought I have had is maybe abductees are Traveling Garden Gnomes, of sorts.  Maybe the reason some people are abducted by aliens and then returned home (or close to home) is the aliens think it is cool or funny to take some pictures of the humans.  They may go to different places with the human, like people do with the garden gnomes, and then when they get back they cannot remember exactly where they found the guy so they put him back a mile away.  Distance may be relative (with a small R) for someone who traveled many lightyears to get here.

It could be that there is no real travel at all, just a park the ship behind a billboard, snap a few selfies with the human, post them to Spacebook, and then put the guy back in his yard.  Do aliens snap selfies?  Clearly I am personifying aliens to an extent which is unrealistic.  Most accounts portray aliens less like the people/creatures encountered on Star Trek and more like a silent boogeyman slipping in and out of the shadows.  Although there are probably many thousands of civilizations with the ability to get from there to here (wherever there is) and statistically there should be a bell-curve of how they act, meaning that many of them may be similar but there will be some that are far different from the others.

Whatever it is, I thought it was a cool concept to liken alien abductees to Traveling Gnomes.  I am not making light of the experiences these people go through.  I have heard it is extremely traumatic and as someone who experienced a 5-7 minute long close encounter I know what terrorizing fear is and the trauma that it leaves behind.  But at a conceptual level it was funny to think about people as some aliens' Traveling Garden Gnomes.

Hit me in the comments and let me know your thoughts.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

UFOs vs. Nukes

I would not say I have much free time but I do have some "down time" or some valleys between peaks of putting out fires.  When I have conducted all the business, volunteer work, and writing I can do for the day, the kids have their homework and chores done, and Mrs. M. is busy with her own work, sometimes I will play a video game.

I cannot get into the First-Person Shooters.  There is too much going on and the movement gives me vertigo.  When I sit down at the computer for non-work-related activities I want to relax.  I might pour a glass of peaty Scotch and open up a Realtime Strategy (RTS) game.  On Moderate settings I can play at my own pace and slowly build up resources, working towards the dramatic conclusion.

My Go-To for years was a game from the 1990's called Age of Empires II.  Mrs. M. asks me how I can keep playing the same game over and over.  I tell her it is like chess; it is a different game every time.  Also, like chess, the game may take hours to play but I can be done in one night.

Recently I have begun playing another RTS game, Sid Meier's Civilization VI.  It is a game of world domination.  I love this game, although it is a commitment.  I may start it on a Friday night and not finish until Sunday night.  Of course I will walk away and do things with the family or projects around the house during that time.

In Civilization, if you move several military units close to one of an AI player's cities the AI player will notify you that they are offended by your troop build-up on their border.  You then have the option of telling them you were just passing by or you can admit your aggression and declare war on them or you can simply ignore the message and go about your business without revealing your intentions.  This got me thinking about aliens and UFOs.  (What else is new?)

UFOs vs. Nukes

Much has been publicized recently about the connection between UFOs and nuclear weapons.  My appearance on Unidentified was lumped in with stories about UFO encounters at nuclear weapons facilities, titled, "UFOs vs. Nukes."  For the record, I was guarding conventional weapons the night of my UFO encounter and I know of no nuclear connection.  But maybe Lue and the guys at TTSA know something I do not - well, they probably know a lot of things I do not.  Anyway, some of the other stories in that episode clearly did have a connection to nukes.

UFOs vs. Nukes
Not me, but a darned good representation of
a young David Marceau

More than one story talks about a UFO taking over control of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silo.  This is also discussed in the documentary The Phenomenon - it happened not only here in the US but also in Soviet Russia.  This begs the question of whether or not China has also experienced this, although I doubt they would ever admit it.  What about the other nuclear nations?

When I first saw one of these stories on my episode of Unidentified I got a chill.  I had heard this before.  My friend I will call "Falco" like the super cool German rock band from the 1980's, has an uncle who worked in a missile silo.  The uncle will not speak with Falco about what happened to him while on duty but it disturbed him so much he mentioned it to his wife.  Falco's aunt speaks freely about the time his uncle's missile silo was taken over by a UFO.  This really happens.

Falco first told me this story when I ran into him at the Ridgefield High School.  Our kids were practicing their sports in separate fields and we met in the middle.  We made plans to get together and talk more about this and about doing podcasts but the plans fell through.  I mentioned this shortly afterwards in my article Some UFO Psychology.  I am providing these details for transparency, so it is clear I am not creating a new narrative to fit the current topic.  Falco is a real person and he told me his uncle's story long before the similar stories appeared on Unidentified or in The Phenomenon.

Unfortunately, Falco's aunt and uncle do not want to talk to me about their experiences.  I will keep pestering Falco to the point of annoyance until he gets them to relent or he gets pissed off at me and tells me to drop it.  Then I will bring him a bottle of Scotch and either thank him or apologize for being a douche.  It's all good.

Alien Civilization

When I play the Civilization video game my goal is usually world domination.  In order to do that I need to build up a large arsenal of various types of military units.  Other AI players are keeping tabs on my progress and will notice my military strength relative to their own.  If I am weak they may attack me before I have a chance to get stronger.  If I am strong they will likely leave me alone.  Of course, I am doing the same with them.

When I am about ready to launch an attack I will begin moving my forces from their defensive positions towards the borders of the first foreign city I plan to take over.  I need to be careful to get everyone into place and move en masse because as soon as the first few units arrive at the neighbor's border they will ask me what is going on - why am I placing military units on their border?  If I am just passing by on my way to another civilization I will respond to let them know I mean no harm.  Otherwise, if I am ready I will acknowledge their suspicions and declare war.  If I am not ready I will ignore the question and continue amassing troops until the right moment.  This will often cause this AI player to "Denounce" me to the rest of the world which hurts my standing amongst the other players.

Alien Civilization
Sid Meier's Civilization VI

Drawing a parallel to real life, if the United States were to post 100,000 Army soldiers on the Mexican border and anchor a few dozen Navy ships off of both Mexican coasts President Obrador would likely have some questions for President Biden.  Prime Minister Trudeau would do the same if US forces approached the Canadian border.  They would react first with astonishment, "Really, America?  Is this necessary?  What are your plans for this troop build-up on our border?  Are you threatening us?"  Each of those leaders would then amass their own troops along their borders and assemble their Navies.  There would be a stand-off until one side attacked or the US stood down.  At some point, Mexico or Canada may even "lob a shot over the bow" of one of our ships - a warning shot to let us know they mean to defend themselves while also testing us to see if we actually intend to attack them.

This scenario has played out countless times around the world throughout history.  At one time it was a regular occurrence along the DMZ border between North and South Korea.  Leaders get edgy when when foreign powers threaten their sovereignty, as they should.  This is human nature.

Would aliens react the same way?  It is difficult to project "human" nature onto aliens.  We know very little about their habits, their ways of thinking, other than their general reticence.  But we do see the same behavior amongst virtually all animals on our planet.  A herd of zebras will react to the presence of a lion.  Likewise, lions fear humans.

I do a bit of hiking, sometimes deep in a wild forest.  There, I may come across coyotes and bobcats or even wolves, cougars, and bears.  Thankfully I have never seen one of these animals up close.  But I know what I would do if I did.  First, I would try not to threaten them.  If they feel threatened they may attack.  Instead, I would slowly and quietly back away until they were out of sight and then would quickly leave the area.  Hmm... this sounds exactly like what UFOs do...

If I were to inadvertently threaten a North American predator they would likely charge at me.  There is little chance I would outrun them.  Instead, depending on the size and nature of the predator, I would likely stand my ground and make myself look bigger.  I would raise my arms in the air.  I would make loud noises.  I would try to scare the animal away.  I would acknowledge their fear with a reason to be afraid.  I would not want to hurt the animal but if it comes down to him or me I would make every effort to get out of there unscathed.

This is not just human nature, it is interspecies nature.  Each species has learned over millions of years to fear other species and to react to each other in a way that will preserve their existence.  It is reasonable to assume that aliens play this same game with humans and with the inhabitants of all other primitive planets like ours.  They know it is dangerous to get out of their vehicles or even to touch down on the surface of our planet.  If we feel threatened we will defend ourselves.  We are like wild animals to them.

On a larger scale, if humans were to somehow amass troops in the orbit of an alien planet they would feel threatened.  They would ask us what our intentions are.  They would take a defensive position - perhaps they would even fire a shot over our bow.  We would react the same way to them. 

The moment the first Space Force ship arrived at "Planet X" the preceding series of events would begin.  Far prior to that, like in the game Civilization, aliens would know we were creating a space force.  They would be watching us to see what kinds of capabilities our Space Force ships had.  How do we maneuver?  What kinds of weapons can we deploy?

Anyone who can get from there to here (wherever that is) would have weapons capabilities we cannot even imagine.  There is little in Humanity's conventional arsenal that could stand up to an alien warship, just as I cannot outrun a bear in the woods.  But we do have one (not-so-secret) weapon which would create massive devastation on an alien planet.  That weapon sits at the tip of a rocket capable of leaving Earth's atmosphere - the ICBM nuke.

Interspecies Nature would tell any alien civilization that our nukes are a problem for them.  The bombing of Japan would have raised the first alien eyebrows.  (Do they have eyebrows?  They must wax because they are never depicted with any.  Maybe they do electrolysis.)  In 1945 humans did not have enough of these weapons to cause much damage to an alien planet and the payloads had to be dropped from airplanes which could not leave our atmosphere.  But soon afterwards the Cold War instigated incredible advancements in Humanity's ability to destroy ourselves (or was it the other way around?).  Aliens would likely have interpreted this as Humanity's ability to destroy them - that is just smart thinking, scanning the horizon, seeing around corners like a good business person does every day.

At one point in the mid-1980's there were over 70,000 active weapons of this type around the world.  This could have been viewed by alien civilizations as being akin to a troop build-up on their border.  We did not physically put these weapons along their borders but we equipped the warheads with the ability to travel outside our atmosphere.  We humans know that there was no intention to launch a strike against another planet; it was a stand-off between two human civilizations in a game of mutually assured destruction.  In a game of Civilization we would have told the aliens we are just passing by - no need to worry.  But still, they would want to come here and check us out.  They would want to know our intentions.

I believe this is the reason UFO sightings dramatically increased in the 1950's.  Soviet Russia kicked off the Space Race in 1957 with the successful launch of the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and subsequent launch of Earth's first satellite, Sputnik.  The US followed suit as fast as possible culminating with putting a man on the moon as well as the greatest arms build-up in history.  

Between 1947 and 1969 the Air Force's Project Blue Book investigated over 12,000 UFO sightings.  Prior to that, UFOs were practically unheard of.  The term UFO did not even exist until 1953.  It stands to reason that the dramatic increase in UFO reports following the first nuclear attack and enduring through the end of the Cold War is a result of alien concerns about Humanity's troop build-up along their borders vis-à-vis the nuclear arms race.

This is likely the reason there are multiple eye-witness accounts of nuclear missile silos being taken over by alien spaceships.  Accounts vary between completely disarming the missiles and initiating a launch sequence but the end results are all the same: aliens were able to take over the controls of our most dreaded weapon, the ICBM nuke.  They lobbed a shot over our bow to test us.  We did nothing in return - probably good that we did.

Why would aliens do this?  Clearly they were trying to send us a message.  That message is, "Don't even think of it."  They probably do not care about the real reason for the arms build-up, mutually assured destruction.  Their maps of Earth may not have national borders drawn on them.  They would just see one unified planet with 70,000 nukes.  

Witnessing this, aliens cared about their own security.  We were the bear in the woods.  Aliens wanted to make themselves appear bigger and scarier.  They wanted us to acknowledge that we were threatening them and that they were not afraid of meeting that threat.  They would meet our fear with a reason to be afraid.

Aliens can disarm our nukes or launch them if they want.  They do not want to harm us (because if they wanted to they could have by now) but they will if it comes down to us or them.  In the meantime they will continue to explore our wild planet, watching us from afar.  If they are spotted they will cautiously back away and then zip out of sight.  If they are confronted they will display a show of force to get us to back down.  If we amass "troops" on their borders they will increase their observations, investigate, and then demonstrate why we should not attempt anything stupid.

Falco's Rock Me Amadeus

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Marceau Contest

It has been two years since I first issued a challenge to Science, whoever she is.  There are thousands and thousands of eye-witness accounts of UFOs.  The US Navy has even released some UFO videos.  In many of these stories the aircraft involved is able to float effortlessly without any visible means of propulsion.  They are somehow able to repel gravity.  How do they do that?  

I have some ideas.  Bear in mind I am not a scientist and I do not suppose that my ideas have any basis in science.  They are merely ideas, hypotheses, and I would be just as happy if someone disproved them as if someone actually proved them - at least then we are narrowing down the options.

Attract Gravity,
Attract Gravity
Source: Khan Academy

I have proposed that perhaps when we are visited by aircraft from other planets their means of floating is not actually repelling Earth's gravity but rather locking on to some other, stronger gravitational pull.  Perhaps it is our sun or the sun in the solar system the aircraft comes from.  Maybe it is our moon.  Since that other source of gravity is far away, it is relatively weaker than Earth's gravity so we are not affected by it.  But a star's gravity is still absolutely stronger than Earth's.

With humanity's understanding of physics it is science fiction to suggest we can lock onto a distant star's gravitational pull and allow ourselves to get sucked into it.  But then, hand-held communicators/computers were science fiction in the 1960's and fifty years later everyone carries one around in their pocket.

Hand-held Communicator

The challenge I issued to Ms. Science was for someone, some brilliant physicist, to prove my hypothesis.  I would like someone to take up the cause and prove it is possible to lock on to a source of gravity that is absolutely stronger than Earth's gravity but which is so far away that is is relatively weaker and then to use that gravity to attract an object.  This is what I call The Marceau Contest.

When I first issued this challenge I offered the winner a grand prize of one dollar.  You could say it was a gentleman's bet, of sorts.  Second prize was an Archway Molasses Cookie.  A year later no one had won.  I cannot imagine why.  This should be an easy academic exercise and there is a whole dollar in it for the winner, or maybe even a cookie.  I upped the ante in Year 2 with a whole box of Ring Dings.  I concede that not everyone likes molasses cookies but who does not like Ring Dings?  They are fully of saturated fat and high-fructose corn syrup, also known as "flavor."  Plus, in these days of COVID, a box of individually wrapped Ring Dings is probably more attractive than one cookie from an open package.  I get it.

Still, two years after issuing this challenge no one has made a bit of headway on proving this concept.  Neither has anyone attempted to disprove it.  So once again, I will up the ante.  If a dollar or a box of treats is not enough, perhaps this time I need to think bigger.  If someone can prove my concept I will get The Beatles to reunite for a live concert.  This would be an incredible feat since I do not know any of the Beatles and I am pretty sure Ringo hates everyone.  I am joking of course.  Paul and Ringo are good friends.  Getting John and George to join will be a greater challenge, though, for obvious reasons.

As a sort of side bet in The Marceau Contest I have also proposed that light may have components similar to DNA.  I came to this realization when I thought about the light that was emitted from the spaceship I saw.  The three horizontal lights that wrapped around the front of the aircraft were intensely bright but they did not shine.  They were so bright that Mike, the other witness, thought he was looking at a flare from his vantage point.  Yet, they did not seem to illuminate anything in front of them.  (The artist's rendition below shows them shining like headlights but they actually did not.)  It was as if they were five-sided cubes of light.  I know that sounds illogical but it is what I saw with my own eyes.

DNA of Light

Somehow, whoever built that aircraft was able to manipulate light in a way we humans do not understand.  Perhaps the basis of this ability is the same foundation which allows them to get from there to here (wherever there is) in a reasonable amount of time.

If someone can identify the "DNA of Light" and map it there is a whole package of molasses cookies in it for you.  In addition, I will now sweeten the pot by getting Nirvana to reunite for a live show.

Better yet, what if Nirvana and The Beatles joined up and jammed together?  Here you go:

Video - Sir Paul Jams with Grohl & Novoselic

Back to reality, obviously I will never get The Beatles or Nirvana to reunite due to the permanent absence of some key members of each band.  But despite the light-hearted nature of this article I am serious about these Gravity Attraction and DNA of Light concepts.  I do not have much to offer.  I can make you a pizza from scratch, maybe.   You can choose the toppings.  Lue Elizondo likes to make pizza.  Maybe I can talk him into joining if it is an accomplishment this monumental.  I might have to sell him my motorcycle to get that to happen, though.  He really likes that bike.

So there are two ways to win The Marceau Contest.  Prove (or disprove) one of these two hypotheses.  Aliens can get to Earth in a reasonable amount of time because: 

  1. They lock-on to and attract far-away sources of gravity
  2. They have discovered a "DNA" of light, decoded it and mapped it

The winner gets a dollar, a box of Ring Dings, and a homemade pizza.  Also, you would probably win the Nobel Prize for Science but I have no control over that.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

How Would we Trade with Aliens?

I run a small business.  After three years of this I realized the business had grown beyond my abilities to manage it.  It was time to get an MBA.  I enrolled in The University of Connecticut's Executive MBA program.  It was great.  I was an enthusiastic learner.  I had a lot riding on the outcome.  I completed my graduate degree near the top of my class.

Much of the credit goes to luck of the draw with an outstanding cohort of fellow students.  We shared work, leaning on each other's existing professional competencies.  We also shared many drinks, laughs, and a class trip to South Africa.  My team was awesome!  Much additional credit goes to some outstanding professors.  They were not all winners but nearly all of them were a real credit to their profession, people who could teach at more prestigious universities if they wanted but for whatever reason had found a home at UConn.

One professor who stood out amongst this elite cadre was Dr. John Glascock.  He teaches Economics.  Students appreciated his deep knowledge of Economics and its relationship to our everyday lives.  Moreso, we loved his energy and delivery.  He was not your typical professor by any means.  He had style, not from a fashion sense, but in the way he conveyed somewhat mundane content in a manner that made it interesting.  My class voted him our favorite professor.  Other professors looked askance and grumbled as he accepted his award at our graduation ceremony.

How Would we Trade with Aliens?
Dr. John Glascock, Professor of Economics

As I sat at my desk preparing this blog post about trading with aliens a few weeks ago I thought I should reach out to an expert on Economics.  Even though this blog is my philosophy, I want to back up my hypotheses with facts, valid sources, and expert testimony whenever possible.  I want to bridge conjecture and reality.  Maybe, one source will even prove me wrong or at least give me some ideas I had not yet thought of.  I decided to use my professional network to find such a person.

The first step in finding an expert in a certain profession is to check LinkedIn.  I have many thousands of contacts on LinkedIn.  I quickly located a few folks who looked like they would be able to weigh in with credibility.  After telling each one that I write a blog about Alien Philosophy, one did not respond, one declined, and the third referred me to someone who would be "a better fit" with "the right kind of experience."  Uh-huh...  That guy declined too.  It was like I have said in previous articles, most people in Academia lack the courage, or perhaps the imagination, to pontificate on the subject of life elsewhere in the Universe.

I pushed my wheelie chair back from my desk, leaned back, and interlaced my fingers behind my head.  I stared at the sky through the big picture window in front of me.  I thought and I thought and I thought.  That window has a crack in it, I thought.  I should get that fixed.  Maybe I should wash it too before it gets too cold out.

Then I thought, what Economist would be brave enough to have an intellectual conversation with me about aliens?  With whom could I broach this subject without derision?  Oh, I know, Ben Stein!  But I do not actually know Ben Stein or how to contact him.  Scratch that.  Oh!  Why did I not think of this before?  John Glascock!

How Would we Trade with Aliens?

Contact with aliens could happen at any moment.  Or it could never happen.  I was a boy scout.  I like to Be Prepared.  When the pandemic hit and everyone was scrambling to acquire toilet paper, Clorox Wipes, hand sanitizer, N95 facemasks, latex gloves, and canned goods, I had all of that.  I had had it for years.  Just before Lockdown I went out for bread, milk, and bananas, and that was it.  I did not know I would need all that stuff for something that would come to be called COVID-19.  I just knew I might possibly need it someday.

I have a plan for what to do in case there is a fire in my house.  I practice the plan with my kids.  I yell, "Fire!  Fire!  Fire!" and they all crouch down and head to the nearest safe exit.  I have a plan for tornados - we go to the Zombie Apocalypse Shelter.  I have a plan for a home invasion.  Watch out!  We are ready for anything. 

When alien contact occurs I want to be prepared for that too.  I want to have a plan in place - not for if they were to show up at the house.  I do not know what I would do then.  Maybe I would serve coffee - the good kind.  And I would put out those hand towels my wife never lets me use and the soap that looks like little rosebuds.  But what I am really talking about is a plan for interacting with aliens on a societal level.  As a businessman, I want to establish trade relations with them.  Is that not the first step?

Throughout history, traders have often been the first people to establish relations with other civilizations.  Think Marco Polo, the British East India Company, Dutch West India Company, French fur trappers, pirates.  The United States was founded on Jeffersonian principals of free trade amongst the states and with other countries.  We fought America's first foreign war over free trade.  Traders may be the first alien explorers to reach out to humans.

If we establish trade relations with aliens we will need to establish a means of exchange, a currency or a barter plan.  I have actually taught a college course on Money and Banking so I know a little bit about this myself.  Barter is great when you have only two or three products or services to trade.  It breaks down when multiple products are introduced because the permutations grow exponentially as you add products.  Currency (or money) is better for large-scale trade.  Currency does not have to be paper money or even gold.  It just needs to be something that is considered valuable by each interested party, is not easily reproduced, and is in limited supply.  The best example of non-monetary currency is cigarettes in prisons.

I did not want to simply cite myself for this article.  Despite better than average knowledge of this subject it is not something I have done deep analysis on.  I do not practice Economics.  Dr. John Glascock does.

I spoke with Dr. Glascock via video conference in September 2020.  I began the conversation by establishing my history with Unidentified and this blog and then I just threw it out there.  I asked John, "If we were to make Contact, how would we establish trade relations with them?"  

John sat back.  He said, "Mmm, OK."  He pushed at the inside of his cheek with his tongue in an effort to hold for dear life.  He cocked his head to one side to listen more carefully.

He did not try to end the conversation so I continued, "We don't have a common currency.  Maybe they have gold?"  I shrugged my shoulders, "Maybe they have something else we could use as a currency?"  John was still with me, nodding, taking it all in.  I looked up to think.  "What I'd like to do is, use examples, historic examples, of you know, how do we trade with third-world nations or, " I swallowed hard, "Maybe Communist countries or places that lack hard currency or much currency but maybe have some natural resources, maybe have something else that we can use as a currency or as a mechanism for trade."

Interplanetary Trade
You want to talk about Aliens???

Clearly, from the picture above, I had gone to the right guy.  Dr. Glascock let me know that while this area of Economics was not his specialty it was part of the foundation of Economics which all Economists share.  He could respond with authority.  "In our world there would be two reasons to trade.  One is, [third-world countries] want some advanced technology.  Maybe they wanted a steel plow, back in England's day, and we wanted cheaper wheat, which they were making, or potatoes.  So they would trade us a lot of potatoes and we'd trade them the steel plow."

Dr. Glascock offers an exception where the US buys oil from OPEC countries with cash but generally the deal is the advanced country will trade technologically superior products for cheap commodities.  So far, we are in lock step, moving towards a parallel with Earth being the third-world country and any alien civilization being the more advanced country.

"The second trade," he goes on, "Governments want information about the other country.  We want to trade enough with Russia or China or ever who it is, so that we collect information."  He gives examples of working with wealthy business people to help them make money and in the process we ask them to reveal what they know about the goings-on of their country.  This is not necessarily secret information but still intelligence that benefits our country.  Giving products or technology to the people of the other country creates a relationship which enables us to get what we want, information.  Other countries, no doubt, do this to us and everyone else too, if they can.

Given these two reasons for a country like the US to trade with say Vietnam, John then moves on to how this might work with Earth and another planet.  "It's not likely to be commodities in the normal sense."  He says our would-be trading partners are so far away, "They have to have technologies that can kind of bend the space-time continuum in order to get here."  

I have said many times in this blog, "If they can get from there to here (wherever there is) they can..."  Then I will give examples of what a highly advanced civilization might be able to do.  

Dr. Glascock has this same understanding.  If they can perhaps warp space, allowing them to get here in a reasonable amount of time, "They have technology that I suspect allows them to make any kind of commodity they want."  OK, I did not see that coming, John.  At this point the premise of my article is beginning to come off the rails.  But I am intrigued.  I want to hear more.

David Marceau Thinking
Me thinking, how do I phrase this?  Um... Aliens!

John thinks we Earthans may get to that point too within 200-1000 years, depending on how much money government is willing to put into this, "To help us crack some of the things."  If we can print products using 3D printers, we can print food or anything else - not today, but soon.  "It's kind of like they do in Star Trek, you know, they used to have that little place you went, and pushed a couple buttons, and you got your meal.  Now, that's coming."  

If a visiting civilization is already at that point, Dr. Glascock says, "I suspect no normal commodity is tradable.  So most likely what they would want is they're observing us to see our behavior so they could understand us like we would like to do to Russia or China."

It is then revealed that John has read quite a bit of science fiction, especially Isaac Asimov's writings.  He has based his economic views of interplanetary trade on the suppositions of Asimov.  "I love good science fiction, it's just one of my hobbies."  He says, if they can get from there to here, "It's unlikely they want to trade with us."  In other words, "No one who can get to us wants to trade with us."

I was surprised to hear this because I have assumed that perhaps there is a dying planet out there somewhere and they want our water.  Then you have the old Twilight Zone episode, To Serve Man, where the aliens want to herd us off to their planet so they can eat us.  This was the premise of the miniseries V, as well.  You could even look at the absurdist comedy Space Balls where one planet wants to steal the other planet's air.  These are all a part of my foundation of what alien contact might bring.

V for Victory
Remember V?

Dr. Glascock is an academic.  He reads books - lots of them.  His foundation on alien Contact is different from mine.  He says, "Now they do want to observe us because we are a damned good experiment to observe 'cause we're likely not as advanced as them but we likely evolved different than they did.  And they want to study us the way we would study monkeys in Africa.  What they would try to do is do it without intervening, though, because that," he chuckles, "Messes up the project, right?  If they let you know too much that they're there we might change our behavior."

Video - Economist Dr. John Glascock on Interplanetary Trade

I am not saying I agree with my friend John, but let us say his assertion is true.  That answers one question for many people on #UFOTwitter while opening up a new one.  The question it answers is the one I have posed on this blog many times, Why are They hiding from us?  I have asked this so many times I decided to name the question The Marceau Paradox * word *.  Perhaps the reason they, aliens, do not want to be detected is because they simply want to watch us go about our lives, reliving their days of antiquity, so they can sit back and say, "Aw, that's adorable."  This would be a validation of the popular Zoo Hypothesis.

The question this now opens up relates to quantum physics.  Often times when physicists observe something new, when they try to replicate their findings the subject of the experiment decides not to respond in the same way.  I call this The Morrissey Effect.  I named it after the singer who is reputed to have sold out many shows and then gotten stage fright and decided not to go out and perform.  Is there some consciousness within quantum physics that we are disturbing in our observations?  I am not saying I believe this, I am simply posing the question.

The Morrissey Effect
Morrissey fans waiting...

At this point in the conversation I bring it back around to my initial premise.  I say to Dr. Glascock, "Maybe [aliens] would be interested in some natural resources?"  I shrug my shoulders and push out my bottom lip, "Maybe they need labor?"  Maybe aliens would not want to trade with us.  But maybe I would never need a P95 facemask and then Bam!  COVID-19 hits us and thank God I had a respirator sealed up in its original packaging down in my Zombie Apocalypse Shelter.  Regardless of the likelihood of trade taking place, if it did, how would we do it?

I ask Dr. Glascock, "If there was something we could provide, what would we provide in exchange?  I mean, clearly, they have technology that we want.  And they could just simply give us something that is 20 years ahead of our technology, we'd be thrilled with it."  Think about traveling back the early 1990's and trading someone a smartphone for their monochrome desktop pc with 512kb of memory and dual floppy drives.  They would be doing backflips.  Hopefully they would not try to trade you front-row tickets to a Morrissey show instead.  Or maybe he was still with The Smiths at the time.  They were cool.  I can think of quite a few other bands I would like to see if I could go back, like maybe Nirvana or this guy.

I went on, "Meanwhile, they may be a million years ahead.  We don't know."

John begins his response talking about Faster-than-light (FTL) travel.  He expounds on the unfolding of space which is happening faster than the speed of light and how one would have to travel in a sort of pocket that would protect the body from inertial forces in order to get from there to here.  Man, I really did pick the right economist!  Then he brings it back around with, "The problem for trade becomes, if I'm that clever, I can manipulate everything.  I can make everything in the Universe.  I could make gold, silver, I could make food, I could make energy, it's just a matter of transferring energy to matter, matter to energy."  

Now Dr. Glascock addresses my question head-on.  "I suspect if we're that clever, machines do all the basic work.  All the people do (let's call them what they are) is there's kind of a thinking or control process that they run.  So they've gotten to the point where the way we think of constraints of labor, resources, simply doesn't exist.  And it's really unlikely that it will if you can move through space at that time."  John tells me to think about the knowledge it would take to move at FTL.  "The answer is you've solved these elementary problems."  The implication about all our knowledge at that point is, "We're gonna be pretty damned smart."

Video - Why Aliens would not trade with Humans

Again the answer is, "I don't think there's a way to trade 'cause I think they're just gonna observe us like us observing an ant."  He laughs, "We're gonna be the ant and they're gonna be the humans.  And we don't trade with ants."

Wait, what?  Did you say We are like Ants to Them?  I already wrote that story, Jonny.  

We are like Ants to Them
We are like Ants to Them

But still, are you saying that once a society reaches a certain level of technology there is nothing here on Earth that they would want?  He says yes, other than as an intellectual understanding how some other part of the Universe evolved.  "So let's roll forward with that," I say.  "People on Planet X have reached that level.  In a relatively short distance from them people on Planet Y could have also reached that point.  Neither one of those planets would have the need to trade with each other, correct?"

Dr. Glascock thinks, "At that point they would be really independent of each other.  The only trade that might occur at that level is there still may be some phenomenon in the Universe that they haven't figured out so they may want to cooperate to understand that last... they may want to try to figure that out but it won't likely be at the commodity level."

Back to Earth, Dr. Glascock says, "Even today, for example, how many tribes in Africa does the United States trade with?  Or the Aborigines in Australia?  Do you ever notice us thinking about trading with those two groups?  We won't because there's nothing they can offer us."

I suggested maybe some kind of craftwork.  I bought some when my grad school class went to South Africa.  It hangs on the wall of my office.  I lugged that stupid mask from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back and then back to New York.  It sucked.  But now I am glad I did.

African Art
African Art

John was kind enough to indulge me on this, "You could maybe think about it from an artistic point of view," but a society that comes here may be so much more advanced than us that they do not find our art to be art.  We are likely closer to the Aborigines than we are to aliens which is why we find value in their art.

It sounded like John may have been under the impression that all aliens are from the same place.  I offered that with all the thousands of eye-witness accounts of different types of spaceships, aliens are likely from many different species and societies.  He had a response for that too, "If they are smart and have good technology they of course should hide who they are by making it look to us like they're from different places.  As an Economist, we always look for the rational expectation answer."  

Dr. Glascock says there is no point to give away information.  He then gives the example of playing in the stock market, "If I'm trading in the marketplace, remember the good traders, long-term management capital, they were trading like ten different trades, one of them's real, the nine were shadow trades to keep the observers from knowing what the real trades were.  So if these people are this smart... it is not to their benefit to look the same every time."

That makes sense.  I do not agree it applies to every sighting but it makes me think of playing cards.  If you know you have a "tell" or a habit which alerts your opponents to the quality of the hand you hold, you may either cover up that tell or you may intentionally use it to indicate the opposite of what is in your hand.

This one time, I was in Atlantic City with my friend I have referred to in other blog posts as "G-man."  We were up all night.  Normally, I am fighting the Zzz Monster at 10:00pm so I do not know how I did this but we were still playing cards in the wee hours of the morning.  

I told G-man it was my last hand when I started falling asleep at the table.  I had to be woken up more than once when it was my turn.  Other players were getting angry.  But they ignored me and built up the pot, betting against each other.  I turned over my hand and won over $800.  I was done.  Time for bed.  But while I was raking in all my chips the dealer dealt me in another hand.  Since I had money to play with, I rolled with it.  The angry mob at the table counted me out because they figured the guy who was falling asleep just got lucky.  Being sleepy was my tell that night.  I played it.  I intentionally looked sleepy and disoriented in this next hand, even though I was now wide awake.  I called every raise between two other players who were duking it out with each other, barely noticing me.  Why not?  I won another $500.

Poker is all about bluffing your opponents.  I was not intentionally trying to look like I was falling asleep, at first.  I was really falling asleep.  I am a morning person, not a night owl.  But I sure had them all fooled that night.  It happened that I was dealt two good hands in a row.  But if I had really been trying hard to win those hands my opponents would likely have known I had good cards and they would have folded and I would not have won so much.  

Aliens have probably been down that road a few times.  (Maybe I should write an article titled, Do Aliens Play Poker?)  Dr. Glascock seems to think so, or some variation of it.  He says what aliens should do is, "They should have different kinds of ships, they should have different attributes, they should look like they came from different time periods..."

OK, let us have that conversation.  I said, back in Colonial Days, if you were a Native American in Massachusetts, you may have only known of the English.  Meanwhile, there were French, Spanish, and Dutch traders landing in other parts of the continent, each staking out their own claims.  If that same Indian stood on the shores of Cape Cod and saw a multi-masted sailing ship drop anchor in the harbor and unload men on horses it would be the most amazing thing he had ever seen.  His friends would have had difficulty believing him.  Debunkers would ask, "Are you sure it was a boat?  Could it have been a whale?  Maybe it was a Flock of Seagulls."  The Indian would say, "I know what I saw!"

At any rate, all these different nations were sailing here to The Americas, independent of each other.  Their ships had many similarities but each was distinct and could be identified or differentiated by a trained observer.  Perhaps this Indian would know the difference, perhaps not.

Back on topic, I asked Dr. Glascock if he was saying that we Earthans will someday reach the point where we no longer need to trade with each other, let alone other planets.  In this question, we assume there are still separate countries rather than one world government.  The response is, "We will probably want to trade so that we don't kill each other."

I agree.  This is the reason the European Union (originally the European Economic Community) was formed.  After two world wars in half a century the people of Europe decided the best way to avoid a third world war was to become so interdependent they would be forced to get along.  They did this through free trade, the same way the American states did amongst ourselves.  It would be unthinkable for New York to attack its tiny neighbor Vermont even though New York would kick Vermont's butt.  Yeah, take that, Vermont!  Maybe the same could not be said of every state.  I have met some guys from Texas who would love to take out Oklahoma.  But overall, free trade between the states has perhaps been the greatest uniting factor of the states.

Dr. Glascock says, "When you trade with people, you know people.  You are less likely to go to war."  He concludes that, "That kind of trade may be necessary in order to keep the society from breaking apart."  Then John cites Asimov's Trilogy.  

Back to commodities he believes we are close to being able to produce anything we want, like our alien visitors probably already can do.  We are beginning to crack the code of how to make gold or diamonds or even potatoes.  Money has to be something that is in limited supply.  If I had a machine that could make gold our whole system of valuating material items would be turned upside-down.  There would be no shortages of goods, "If we can get to that point..." John says.

What bothers him is we, as a society, may decide that this technology is something that should only benefit the wealthy or some other privileged few.  "That's a political issue, though, not a technological constraint," he says.  As an example of how this future may play out, Dr. Glascock says in Singapore everyone in the country has high-speed Internet for about $15 per month.  Think about what you pay for Internet and what quality you receive, now.  Our connection at my house goes down all the time, despite paying a fortune for the fastest service offered.  The reason, John says, is because America places a higher value on enriching corporate shareholders than on providing value to our citizens.  He says that aliens have probably gotten past that systemic hurdle.

Video - Why Aliens may or may not Trade
And how Humanity may mirror This

Interplanetary Trade

What if people on Planet X are green and people on Planet Y are blue and they do not like each other because of that?  Perhaps they feel the need to trade in order to get along with each other, like Europe did after World War II, I supposed to Dr. Glascock.  He agreed that may happen, "Either we're going to kill each other off or we're gonna solve that problem."  

Here is where Dr. Glascock gets to the most important take-away from the conversation, "As you go through technology over time there's gonna be a couple of bottlenecks I'm gonna call them, that are gonna require us to catch - we have to cooperate trade intellectually, scientifically, and quit competing in order to make that leap.  If we don't, the bottleneck's gonna kill us.  And I think, ever who gets to the point they can travel at the speed of light - my own view is they had to go through these and we know they got through them because they can travel at the speed of light.  Think about the intellectual ability it takes.  It's gonna take a lot of time for a lot of people to work on this puzzle to crack it.  And if we're fighting war all the time we can't be cracking that puzzle."

This was not where I had anticipated the conversation to stray but after reviewing the recording I found it to be mind-expanding to contemplate this concept.  Science fiction typically envisions people from other planets to be one people, united.  Yet here on Earth, we are many peoples.  Most people value our diversity within the United States.  Still, there is a deep vain of ethnocentricity here.  That feeling is compounded in other countries.  Worldwide, most nations want to be Number One, most ethnic groups as well.  At some point we will all need to unite if we are to solve our greatest challenges.  It seems right now our greatest challenge is getting to the point where we can begin to address those greater challenges.

Still, notwithstanding this new revelation in my pocket, I was not satisfied with the outcome of the conversation because John did not address my burning question of, how do we trade with aliens?  What currency would we use?  I threw another supposition at him.  What if people on Planet Z were only a couple hundred years ahead of us but they somehow acquired FTL technology.  Maybe they bought it or they reverse engineered a crashed spaceship, whatever.  Since they are only a couple hundred years ahead of us that would be a civilization that might want to trade with us, right John?

No, Dr. Glascock says, "They might want to wipe us out and conquer - take the Earth.  That's more like England going to India or China back in 'The First Globalization' where they exploited India and exploited China.  I think at that level they won't see us worth talking to they'll see us worth being exploited."

I was still not satisfied.  "Maybe they think that even though we're more primitive than they are, we're armed to the teeth and it would be a blood bath so they wanna figure out another way, they wanna trade."  Or maybe they are not more advanced than us.  There was an old SNL skit (I wish I could find a link to it) where aliens come to Earth and are talking about their technology which includes covered wagons.  It does not take long for the people of Earth to figure out the aliens found the spaceship and are actually over one hundred years behind us, technologically.

John was not biting, "It's all based on my premise.  If you could travel at faster than the speed of light, if you could bend space, we have no weapon that can harm them.  I mean, they can wipe us out so fast there would not be a war there'd just be a second and we'd be gone."  John has already discussed this issue with other intellectuals over beers.  He and his peers suspect that the folks who actually developed that technology would not allow this to happen.  If Planet Z were aggressive, why would Planet X allow them to grow with this more advanced technology?  

Video - Why Aliens would never share their Technology

I have suggested the same concept about life on Earth when people have asked if the spaceship I saw could have been some advanced prototype our military was testing.  I counter this with the fact that my sighting was three decades ago.  If we had the abilities that ship had, 28 years ago, we would have used it on the battlefield by now.  There would probably no longer be any American adversaries - maybe not even any independent countries.  The same could be said if most other nations possessed that technology.

Two years ago I wrote a series of articles related to this.  In Are we too Violent for Aliens and Snakes in a Box, I posit that humans are a violent, aggressive species.  Nearly every one of the 200-some countries has a military and most have used their militaries.  Why would any planet with FTL technology make contact with us?  If they did we would certainly ask them to share that technology with us.  Disagree?  If you have kids, put a box of cookies in a cabinet and tell the kids not to eat any.  I do not know how long it will take your kids to get into the cookies but they will.  If they do not sneak them one-by-one they will pester you ad nauseum until you give in.

Aliens know that one.  They know all the tricks.  In Why Don't Aliens Contact Us, I spelled it out clearly.  Aliens do not contact us because they know it is a trap.  We will acquire their technology one way or another and then turn it against them.  It has no doubt happened to them before - or maybe they were the ones who did it to someone else.  They will not allow it to happen again.

This then begs a bigger question, though.  If aliens do not want us to acquire the technology to wipe them out to the extent that they will observe us but refuse to contact us, would they take it a step further?  Would they actively work to stymie our efforts to advance?  Will they let us get a step ahead and then push us two steps back?  How would they do this?  Would they sabotage a company or University with a computer virus?  Would they sabotage humanity with a biological virus?  Would they sabotage our democracy with a human virus (insert politician of your choice)?

Perhaps we are indeed living in a version of  The Truman Show as I wrote in my article The Earth Show.  Our lives are scripted - not what we do on a day-to-day basis, but on a greater scale.  When we make the right choices, everything proceeds as planned.  When we do not, the show's Director makes it rain or introduces a new character to steer us back on course.

David Marceau Interviewing
Me Interviewing

I posit to John that a spaceship could crash and we could reverse engineer it.  Or someone else on Planet Z could do that.  Dr. Glascock says if that did occur, the more advanced society would simply wipe out the more primitive one before they had a chance to use that technology against them.

John wrapped up with a statement that some on #UFOTwitter will enjoy.  There is a subgroup, I will call it, that believes a conspiracy theory related to "the Military-Industrial Complex."  Some people believe that aliens could share with us the knowledge which will allow humanity to acquire energy for free.  This would then put all the energy companies out of business.  That is why the government will not disclose its knowledge of aliens because the Military Industrial Complex does not want to go out of business.

I do not subscribe to that point of view and Dr. Glascock reaffirms this.  As an economist he says aliens would never share that knowledge with the Earth's governments in the first place because then they would lose their competitive advantage over us.  But, he says, we may be on our way to reaching true energy independence on our own.  

Dr Glascock
Dr. Glascock saying, "You can quote me"

Before he decided to become an economist John was thinking of being a physicist.  That is why he knows so much about warping space and how aliens could possibly get from there to here, wherever there is.  He reads 8-10 books on physics every year in addition to all his science fiction and economics reading.  I wish I had the time he has.  Maybe I need to delete my Facebook account.  FB is a huge waste of time.

Dr. Glascock says, according to the books he reads and the conversations he has with other brilliant minds, Earth will achieve true energy independence within the next hundred years - much sooner if there is a coordinated effort similar to The Manhattan Project - then we could do it within 25 years.  There may be people or companies lobbying against this but there are plenty of scientists working on cracking it.  This is a problem Man will work out without the intervention of a smarter alien society.

Video - Dr. Glascock on Free Energy

The Marceau Paradox

My conversation with Dr. Glascock led me to several new conclusions.  

  • As much as I would like to think about it, and contrary to what many science fiction shows and movies would lead us to believe, aliens may not want to ever trade with us.  Therefore there may be no common currency we could use to buy or sell anything with aliens.  
  • Despite the thousands of eye-witness accounts of UFO sightings, aliens may never make official Contact with us.  We have nothing to offer them other than as subjects of observation and they do not want to mess up their science experiment (us) by intervening in our lives.
  • Although Lue Elizondo, Harry Reid, and others have confirmed the US government knows more about aliens than it admits, they probably do not possess alien technology that would lead us to energy independence - the aliens who developed this tech would not permit it.
  • It is possible that if we get too close to FTL, energy independence, or the ability to convert matter into any commodity, aliens may intervene to set us back so that we do not try to conquer or control them.  They would do this in a way we would not be able to detect so they do not piss us off and cause us to retaliate.
In developing The Marceau Paradox I have refuted some elements of The Fermi Paradox while adopting others.  My best reason for Why do they not make contact is a variation on The Zoo Hypothesis which I call The Earth Show Hypothesis, based on the movie The Truman Show.  Aliens will never make contact with us because it is more beneficial to them to observe us, however, it is a controlled experiment.  From time to time they may intervene in order to prevent us from harming them.

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