Technocapitalism and Architecture of the Future

True technocapitalism is a far way off because of the prejudice of modern man. Nonetheless, humanity will be in a much better position to reach the next developmental level once people are able to move past judgmental behaviors. Much has been written about how people treat others, and this is certainly important. The issue of this post involves how they view construction, however. Read More →

Alien Intervention Throughout Human History

The debate over whether alien beings exist continues today with devout believers on one side and skeptics on the other; however the belief in extraterrestrials has gained momentum in modern times. Not surprisingly, believers in alien beings often keep their views private for fear of being ridiculed. Still, many believers maintain that it is pure arrogance to believe that human beings on Earth are the only intelligent life forms in such a vast universe.

Several authors and researchers claim that ancient writings from around the world indicate an extraterrestrial presence in Earth’s past. The Bible is among those ancient documents they often cite. There are also researchers that claim alien beings intervened in human history and even directed the course of our evolution. Perhaps the ancient people had knowledge of these extraterrestrial beings and tried to express that knowledge in their ancient writings.

Did beings similar to ourselves land on Earth thousands of years ago? If so, no doubt they had great technology and could perform feats that would appear as miracles. The primitive beings of Earth would have undoubtedly viewed them as great gods. We must ask ourselves what we would do if we were to visit another planet Perhaps we would only observe the cultures there. But what if we became stranded and had to make that planet our own? Would our level of intellect, technology and beliefs and cultural traditions affect the native culture of the alien world? There is a very good possibility that our presence and interaction would influence the native culture of that planet. Perhaps that is what happened on Earth. If aliens did land on our planet long ago and interact with human beings, we have to wonder if their interaction was inadvertent or intentional. If their interaction was intentional, then what was their agenda?

ANCIENT ALIENS: The Da Vinci Conspiracy | S04E08

This episode examines some of the paintings, sketches and journals of legendary artists and engineer Leonardo Da Vinci, and alleges that some of his work may have been inspired by alien technology he may have encountered. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting…

There are several statements in the Bible that have left some researchers and scholars at odds. Some maintain that the Book of Genesis is referring to more than one God and that the biblical angels may be what we now refer to as aliens. One verse that has raised eyebrows is Genesis 1:26 that states, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” Who was God talking to when He made this statement? Since He was the only God, He had to be talking to the angels…or so the theory goes.

Later in Genesis 6 it states, “The sons of God saw the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.”

Some people believe that the sons of God were the fallen angels that had followed Satan during the rebellion against God. There are also people who believe the sons of Gods were ancient astronauts who resided on Earth. It is also theorized that whole story relating to the war between God (and the good angels) vs. Satan (and the fallen angels) is actually the ancient telling of a war between two factions of an alien world; or a war between two extraterrestrial races from different planets.

The Bible states that angels were created before human beings and the humans were created as lesser beings than the angels. There seems to be great emphasis on the difference between beings that were created and those that were born. The Bible specifically states that both angels and man were created beings. It is believed that the Nephilim were a hybrid race. There are people who also believe human beings may also be a hybrid race and that the original man and woman, Adam and Eve were genetically engineered. There have been numerous reports of modern alien abductions where people believe that they have been tested or experimented on as well. Cattle mutilations also contribute to this theory since the animals have had their blood drained and parts of their anatomy removed with surgical precision.

There are several ancient writings that mention divine beings that came from the stars or the heavens. There are also drawings and writings about Gods that flew in chariots. The Book of Ezekiel in the Bible is a good example of seeing some sort of craft descend and ascend. Ezekiel 10:106 states, “Now when the cherubim moved, the wheels would go beside them; also when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels would not turn from beside them.”

There have been sightings of unusually shaped saucers and cigar shaped crafts throughout history that continue in modern times. Sightings of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) have been reported by people such as police officers, airline pilots, and military personnel. While some sightings may be other phenomena or even hoaxes, there are some that clearly remain unexplained. There have also been sightings of USOs (Unidentified Submersible Objects). These objects appear to descend from the sky and submerge into water. They are also seen rising from the water and ascending to the sky.

If alien intervention did take place and a union took place between human beings and extraterrestrials, it seemed to displease God greatly as the following passage indicates. The Book of Jubilees states: “And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants. And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walks on the earth -all of them corrupted their ways and their orders, and they began to devour each other, and lawlessness increased on the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of all men (was) thus evil continually. And God looked upon the earth, and behold it was corrupt, and all flesh had corrupted its orders, and all that were upon the earth had wrought all manner of evil before His eyes. And He said that He would destroy man and all flesh upon the face of the earth which He had created.”

God was not happy with this intervention and took steps to destroy all flesh that had been corrupted, even the animals. Considering that God had decided to destroy all flesh, we can assume that even the animals had been corrupted in some way. Some believe that extraterrestrials conducted genetic experiments on early man and the animals of Earth. Author Zechariah Sitchin proposed that an alien race known as the Annunaki came to our planet to mine gold and created modern mankind as a slave or worker race. There are more questions than there are answers regarding the origins of humankind and the existence of extraterrestrials, but perhaps someday science will be able to corroborate the ancient stories told in the Bible and other ancient documents.

The biblical passage of Mark 4:21-22 quotes Jesus saying, “Everything that is hidden will be made clear. Every secret thing will be made known.”

What are your thoughts on all of this? These are not theories that I necessarily subscribe to however I thought it might make a good subject to explore nonetheless. Let me know your thoughts on ancient aliens. Or alternatively, if you don’t believe aliens are here (or ever have been), feel free to share your thoughts on this as well.

Image Credit: http://ancient-aliens-were-here.blogspot.com/

New Focus, New Host, New Beginnings

Hey everyone. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ve undoubtedly seen the recent changes on here (name, layout, focus, etc.). When I started blogging a few short months ago, I really had no idea what I was doing (I still have much to learn on this front).  I just knew that I wanted to write about space exploration, astronomy, etc. and jumped in. I’ve had a blast doing this however, during the process, I’ve discovered that I really want to write about a lot of other things as well. So I’ve made a lot of recent changes (blog name, topic additions, new host, etc.). I thought it might be a good idea to explain why I’ve changed these things. Read More →

The Struggle of Early Life on Earth

Tracing the tree of life back to a single ancestral form
A study published in PLoS Computational Biology maps the development of life-sustaining chemistry to the history of early life. Researchers Rogier Braakman and Eric Smith of the Santa Fe Institute traced the six methods of carbon fixation seen in modern life back to a single ancestral form.

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Who is Elon Musk?

Space Exploration Technology, more commonly known as Space X, is owned by Elon Musk. The company has recently announced that it is considering building vertical launch and control areas in far south Texas. Space X already uses Cape Canaveral, Florida. They are also constructing a launch pad and control area at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company is operated by Paypal and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk. Read More →

A Look at Technocapitalism

Capitalism and socialism have been the primary economic theories that nations have modeled themselves after in the modern era. Throughout history, other economic models have also been used. Feudalism and various forms of command economies have defined much of the human experience. Trade and barter systems were used by the most primitive societies. However, continued exploration of space and the development of new machines might lead to the rise of societal technocapitalism. Read More →

New Study: History of Early Solar System

The early days of our solar system might look quite different than previously thought, according to research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory published in Science. The study used more sensitive instruments to find a different half-life for samarium, one of the isotopes used to chart the evolution of the solar system. Read More →

Would You Live on the Moon?

Moon caves may offer the opportunity to live on the moon at a lower price and sooner than researchers first believed possible. The caves, discovered on our moon in 2010, were probably formed approximately 3.1 billion years ago by lava. As the lava cooled, the tunnels were formed by the large rivers of molten lava that ran through them.

Researchers believe that the caves will offer protection from the moon’s harsh environment. They believe that many of the caves have 40 foot thick walls. These thick walls offer a stable -4 degree Fahrenheit environment. The most promising cave is more than one mile long and 393 feet wide. Read More →

WTF is the ‘Hollow Earth’ Theory?

Image from David Standish

I’ll admit I had never heard of this theory until a few days ago so I decided to investigate. This post is based on my findings thus far…

Introduction

Humans have an innate need to explore their surroundings and beyond. Although we have become consumed with the exploration of space, there is still much about planet Earth that is not completely understood. Long ago, people believed Earth was flat until it was proved to be round. The views held by most scientists are that Earth is a solid sphere and life (for the most part) exists only on the surface. However, there are apparently those who believe that Earth is hollow and that subterranean races exist within the planet. Seriously.

Could it be possible that the portion of the world we are inhabiting is only one layer? There are those who believe it is very possible. The Hollow Earth Theory has been around for a long time and there are several variations. In 1692, the astronomer Edmund Halley who discovered Halley’s comet, proposed the idea of an hollow Earth. Halley suggested that Earth contained two inner shells separated by an atmosphere, each with its own magnetic poles. Halley believed that Earth contained spheres – one inside another – that turned independently of each other. He also speculated that the aurora borealis was caused by escaping atmospheric gas of an inner sphere.

Variations Abound

There have been several variations on the hollow earth theory that include features such as a central sun of the inner sphere, expansion of Earth, and a new examination of the laws of gravity. There are some believers of the hollow Earth theory that also believe the moon and other planets within the universe may also be hollow spheres.

There are many other ideas within the realm of the hollow Earth theory including the proposed idea that we live on the interior of the Earth and just have not realized it. This theory suggests that what we consider to be the surface or outer layer of Earth is actually the surface of an inner sphere and the sun we believe we are looking at in the sky is situated at the center of Earth. Such a theory indicates that when we look out at the universe, we are actually looking within the Earth.

The idea of a hollow Earth appears in myths and legends of various cultures. Greek legend refers to a paradise region known as Hyperborea. According to legend, the people of Hyperborea enjoyed good health and lived 1000 years or longer without growing old. Chinese and Eskimo legends state that there is an opening in the North to a subterranean realm where an underground species resides. They believe the underground realm is a paradise and is where their ancestors came from. Eskimo legend also states that the underground paradise is a place of perpetual light where the sun never sets. According to their stories, it is a land of peace and happiness with a mild climate, large lakes, tropical animals and no darkness. The Hopi Indians also have a legend that states they emerged from an underground realm within Earth. The legends also refer to snake people that resided underground.

There are many other myths and legends that refer to openings in the Earth, underground civilizations, flying machines that resemble UFOs, and beings with advanced technology. Adolf Hitler believed in the hollow Earth theory and some believe he may have found an opening to the subterranean realm and fled there. People often think of the flights of Admiral Byrd in connection with the hollow Earth theory. Admiral Richard E. Byrd flew to the North Pole in 1926. In 1929, he flew over the South Pole. Admiral Byrd allegedly made entries in his diary that detailed entering the interior of the Earth and seeing lakes, rivers, mountains, lush vegetation, and animals previously thought extinct. He documented seeing a sun beneath the Earth and being greeted by advanced inhabitants of underground civilizations. There is speculation over the authenticity and/or existence of such a diary.

Hollow Theory (pun intended)

Although the hollow Earth theory has obviously never been proven, it is no longer viewed with as much ridicule as it once was in some circles. As with any theory, there are many unanswered questions that only lead to even more unanswered questions – such as the migration patterns of birds and animals that migrate north to a warmer climate when winter approaches. Perhaps a tropical paradise such as the fabled Hyperborea does exist far beyond the region of the North Pole. However, the hollow Earth theory will remain in the realm of myth until enough evidence can be found to either prove or disprove the theory beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Based on our current understanding of planetary formation, I believe this theory is without merit (it sure was fun exploring the idea though). I’m open to outside opinions as always but I’m having a tough time buying into this one.

What are your thoughts? Does the hollow Earth theory warrant additional study and research? I would love to hear from anyone that has plausible evidence (or even relevant input) to support this idea.

Edwin Hubble – Discoverer of Galaxies

Edwin Hubble was born in a small town in Missouri in 1889. From a young age, he developed an interest in science and astronomy and desperately wished to make astronomy his career.

Hubble graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in science and was subsequently accepted as a Rhodes Scholar to study at Oxford University. Surprisingly, his studies at Oxford were in law rather than astronomy.

Upon graduating, he became a practicing lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky. He also worked for a time as a school teacher but he wasn’t happy with his career path. He returned to school and earned his doctorate in astronomy a short time later.

When Hubble began his career, the standard theory held that the Milky Way galaxy was the entirety of the universe. Through nightly observation, and the use of astronomic photography, Hubble proved that objects in the constellation Andromeda were at least one million light years away. In other words, there was more to the universe than the Milky Way. The universe was filled with galaxies!

Hubble’s other great breakthrough involved the discovery of an approximate relationship between the redshifts of galaxies and the distances to them using a formulation known as Hubble’s law. Through these measurements, a strong case is made for the expansion of the universe as well as supporting the Big Bang theory.

Edwin Hubble passed away in 1953. The Hubble Space Telescope (shown below) is named in his honor. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers hope to be able to figure out the likely fate of our universe: will it expand forever, or will the expansion reverse and cause the universe to collapse back into another Big Bang? It would be interesting to get Hubble’s take on things given the knowledge we know today.

Image Credit: NASA

Reference:

http://www.spacetelescope.org/about/history/the_man_behind_the_name/
http://www.edwinhubble.com/hubble_bio_001.htm