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There’s a lot to say about ‘Oumuamua, that’s for sure.

The Harvard paper was criticized and perhaps it does show a lot of flaws and it may be weak. The fact that some people dared to even propose the possibility of something made by an extraterrestrial intelligence in the scientific community, has to be applauded.

We are at the point in history where we will find evidence of extraterrestrial life any time soon. It will happen in our lifetime. Even if it’s a tiny microbe or a fossil of that microbe, it will change the way we look at our universe. It will change our place in our universe. It will change everything. Maybe we all are secretly are afraid of the consequences of that. One day we will have to face them. The discovery of ‘Oumuamua however is not that day.

What do we know?

‘Oumuamua has been discovered in October 2017 and has since been the subject of speculations. It has been anything from alien spaceship to comet but fact is that we still haven’t got a clue. We do have a lot to say about it.

What we do know about this object is that it is the first interstellar object traveling through our solar system that we have been able to detect and follow. It’s estimated that several interstellar objects are travelling relatively close to the Earth but they are difficult to spot with current technology. Further we know that it’s cigar shaped, has a reddish, smooth surface and the latest observation estimated it to be between 100 and 400 meters long. It’s tumbling through space rather than smoothly rotating. It has also been accelerating while passing through our solar system.

This all made way for many speculations. At first it was classified as a comet but it lacked a trail of dust while passing our sun which a comet would have. Then it was classified as an asteroid. But that would not explain the acceleration ‘Oumuamua made while passing the sun. So, it was put back in the comet section. With the sun heating up the object it must have created gas after all and boosted its speed. Maybe we just didn’t see the trail.

Gone adrift

Due to the peculiar shape and the rather unusual tumbling, it was also quickly speculated that this object could be an alien spacecraft gone adrift. Also the smooth edges fueled this speculation and when it was also known that the object had accelerated, only added to this theory. It’s hard to say what ‘Oumuamua is really made of. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence but when we don’t even have ordinary evidence to confirm an ordinary claim, the roads to extraterrestrial explanation are wide open. And you can’t blame those who look into a solution of alien origin. 

It’s hard to say what ‘Oumuamua really is. The Spitzer telescope has tried to follow it as long as was possible but in order to really investigate what “the first distant messenger” (what ‘Oumuamua roughly means in Hawaiian) really is. We know it’s interstellar as it travels so fast that it wasn’t caught in our own sun’s orbit. But in order to know more we needed more time. Therefore the object might be a highly debatable visitor forever but it has taught us to be on a look out for more of these visitors and study them more closely. We now know what we can roughly expect.

We don’t know

Fact is, we really don’t know what ‘Oumuamua is. It’s natural to stay within your own field. Astrophysicists will look at their knowledge and search for an explanation in what they know. But it’s not that strange to think out of the box either. The interstellar visitor doesn’t tick all the boxes we know. There are several things weird about it and we can’t say for certain what made the object accelerate. It made even researchers of the prestigious university of Harvard think of the unthinkable. What if this is an alien spaceship? Advanced technology can fail as well. It could have gone adrift. Maybe from a species long extinct for all we know. We don’t know how old the object is.

What I think ‘Oumuamua is? I have no idea. Do I want it to be an alien spacecraft? Of course I do, how exciting would that be? I want to believe. And it ticks a couple of boxes of that theory. But it also ticks some that would suggest that it doesn’t. It shows that we assume we know a lot about our universe but in reality we don’t. That’s what make these discoveries so exciting, it’s something new, unknown.

Aliens aren’t naked but what if they’re not aliens?

One of the grey alien aspects that just doesn’t add up is that they are described as being naked. If you have traveled numerous light-years and have that extraordinary technology, you still face the challenge of entering territory that is different from your own. You’re bound to need some sort of protection, especially when visiting Earth which is terribly polluted. Furthermore they’re bound to be scientists so they will be needing tools, so a bag of some sorts would be quite useful as well. Or, if they are less friendly in nature, they will be carrying weapons, on the body or elsewhere.

Aliens witnessed

So, naked aliens are unlikely and if their culture doesn’t do clothes and they know they can’t be harmed by our environment, more power to them, but tools (and / or weapons) need to be carried one way or the other. Yet, people claim to have seen them. The aliens from Roswell are said to have been naked. The aliens from Close Encounter of the Third Kind (fictional) are pictured naked and have been created to the average report of the encounters the film is about.

Are all these witnesses crazy and have they had a crazy illusion? Our mind is a wondrous thing so that is possible. But let’s assume they have indeed seen something physical. A naked being? Well, there’s one theory that would actually support that. As a firm believer that naked aliens just won’t visit us, this theory (of mine – if others have the same idea, then I haven’t read it yet) is quite a big deal.

Artificial intelligence

We think we’re far in the development of AI but so far we don’t have to worry yet. We’re not going to being run over by AI embodied by robots any time soon. But the development of such a thing is going faster than the average person might expect. Before we know it we have humanoid robots fighting our wars for us, which is a much better idea, if we really have to act to war, than dropping an a-bomb. But also in our daily lives AI is becoming a steady part of our life. There’s Siri. Alexa. Even the automatic vacuum cleaner is a form of AI. Keep on developing and we create the real perfect image of ourselves. Smart and indestructible. With an unlimited time span.

This is where it gets interesting. That would mean that we would be able to send these AI, shaped to our image if we want to, in a rocket ship to explore the stars. Using the right material we don’t need to worry about too much G Force, we can speed up the ship as fast as we can possibly manage. They can fly forever, land on any surface in any galaxy and explore. If we would create an android to our image, like Data from Star Trek, we provide it with clothes. But of it doesn’t, would it need clothes? Would a white android not look silly with clothes on? We would think it does. So we will send them on their quest naked. Regardless of the fact that they can do all the things we can – and even better so.

Androids

We don’t know what extraterrestrial life may look like. What if they do not look like greys at all and they are simply androids send from another galaxy, send out to explore strange new worlds? Or androids from another dimension for that matter? They probably don’t even need tools. So what we think to be extraterrestrials may simply be their robots. Which would explain how they could travel such a distance. And their nakedness.

Why haven’t we heard from the aliens?

One of the most heard questions about aliens is “If there are aliens, why haven’t we heard from them yet?”. This is also known as the Fermi Paradox. But just because we haven’t heard from aliens, doesn’t mean they’re not out there. Here I’m merely focusing on the reasons why we haven’t heard from them. We’re here and listening, so, what gives?

They haven’t found us yet

If they don’t know we exist, how are they going to send us messages? How are they going to visit us? They don’t know where we are and where to look! And quite frankly, there are many species on our own planet unexplored as well. They have no idea there’s this species that calls itself intelligent out there, that will tag them and partly destroy them as soon as they tale notice of them. And we don’t know they are there so we can’t tag them in the first place. Ignorance can be bliss. We just haven’t been noticed yet.

And think of this. We’re just a tiny planet in a tiny solar system with a tiny sun. The chances an alien civilization will have found our star may be likely, but will they know planets are orbiting it? And will they know how many and are they able to find the rock planets? Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth really aren’t all that big and relatively close to the sun. Seen from Saturn we’re nothing more than a pale blue dot. We barely see ourselves from within our solar system, how are we traceable from outside, or even outside our galaxy? If they’re equally advanced like us, it’s very likely they haven’t found us yet, just like we haven’t found them. For all we know, we might even be the most advanced species in the universe.

We’re not interesting to them

If an alien civilisation is able to detect and contact us, chances are that they have done this before. They’re probably part of a multi-galactic alliance with numerous of species. To them, finding life in the universe is common and the real question is why on some worlds or solar systems life hasn’t evolved at all. Finding life in the universe is not that special to them. It’s more something that they expect to find.

If that’s the case, they’re a highly advanced race. Benefited from other races from various galaxies. They are way more advanced than we are. They know how to explore the universe way beyond our imagination. They’ve found us. But with all the other advanced civilizations they know, we’re just not interesting enough. We’re just galactic infants who barely made it to our own moon. Hardly impressive. We’re not trying to talk to ants either. So why would they want to talk to us? They may observe until they get bored. Some nerds may stay behind and continue to observe us. They may also be the laughing stock of their species for doing so.

We have, but it’s not common knowledge for whatever reason that may be

Roswell, 1947. An alien craft crashes. Two passengers die due to the impact, but one survives. It causes a stir but soon the word is out. It was just a weather balloon. Move along, nothing to see here. Just the military picking up the pieces and taking the evidence away. Then, Area 51 comes in existence, and is being denied.

While the pieces of alien spacecraft are being investigated and studied, the lone survivor is being patched up. They’re able to tell where they’re from. They have a wealth of knowledge and technological skills way beyond our own. They’re able to phone home. They’re telling about this species of humans and they agree on sharing information among each other. They study us. In return we get they’re knowledge. Only, us and we are not the same group of people. Us don’t know what we know. Why? Ask we, whoever they are.

We have but we’re not listening

It’s life! It’s intelligent life! Look, they have satellites! They must be intelligent! We must send them a message that we are here. It will be such a surprise! It’s how we would react and it’s very likely that an alien civilization will react the same. So they send out a message to us. With coordinates telling us where they are. DNA information. Images, sound files. A warm welcome. Send to our planet. But they will not get a responds.

Hope

Let’s just hope the sending party is advanced enough to understand that we’re not being impolite and see the radio silence as an act of war. And where I say radio silence, it should read whatever the form of communication they decided to use to contact us. Not being on the same wavelength is a saying used to explain that two persons simply doesn’t understand each other due to different interests or intelligence level. It can also be used to explain why we haven’t heard from them. We’re using a different wavelength. Hence we are receiving but are simply not listening with the right tools. And this goes vice versa. Our wavelengths may have reached another civilisation but they’re not listening to that frequency.

We may not be alone. But maybe we’re just very lonely.

Extraterrestrials and the multiverse

It’s a new idea that aliens may be beings from another dimension or beings from a multiverse. It’s not a weird thought. Why couldn’t it be that beings from another dimension have found a way to peak into our world. We would do the same if we knew how to do that, if we even knew what the other dimensions are in the first place.

But are beings from the multiverse or other dimensions extraterrestrials? The dimensions are present on our own planet. We may not have discovered them, but they are present in our environment. The same goes for the multiverse. It’s another reality but still on Earth. It’s like the stepping in the Long Earth series created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. With each step you reach another parallel world but you are still on earth. In reality it won’t be as easy as with a box and a potato (then again, who knows), but even when you are in a place you won’t recall as being in Earth, you haven’t left the planet.

There are many ways in which people describe their encounter with an alien, a grey, or any other type. Some people even describe seeing the being only half. This could suggest that indeed the beings are from another dimension or a multiverse, and are peaking inside our world. They may not even realise that they are being seen. It would make sense in some cases.

Does that mean that there are no extraterrestrials? The universe is big. And if in that big universe various dimensions and multiverses exist, just try to imagine how many different possibilities exist in which life could have spawned. We might see Mars as a dead planet, hypothetically speaking the planet could be teeming with with life, just in a different multiverse than we are in. Run this through the entire universe. Mind blown yet?

I very much believe extraterrestrial intelligence exist and that there is a possibility they have been on our planet. Whether in our multiverse or a different one is up to debate. There is more to life and the universe than the naked eye is able to see.