Saturday, May 16, 2009

 

Alien Technology Reality Check

Certainly, there are many more important things to be writing about, but — although I realize it is hopeless to dissuade the “I-want-to-believe” segment of the population — indulge me this once on a pipe dream that refuses to die.

Here is yet another example of people claiming that the US government has alien technology that can provide us with unlimited, pollution-free energy, and thereby solve all our problems and bring us that elusive Glorious Technological Future. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.

Similarly, there are many people claiming that the US government and or Big Oil is keeping the lid on free-energy machines or other similarly fantastic inventions that supposedly exist, by threatening or murdering the inventors. While I have no doubt that many governments will murder people who know too much, let’s take a dispassionate look at claims of reverse-engineered alien technology, free-energy machines, and schemes to keep them under wraps.

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a major power. You are dead-set on maintaining your power and influence, and expanding them if possible. Your military-science complex works hard to come up with all sorts of new gadgets that will give you even a tiny edge on the global chessboard. But it’s not easy, because of course the other major players are not just sitting around twiddling their thumbs.

Now for some reason you obtain a technology — for example “UFO technology” that provides free energy and allows us to navigate the heavens at breathtaking speed — that promises to vault you far over the competition. Instead of getting your ass kicked out on the dusty desert in an attempt to control dirty hydrocarbon resources, you can zap your adversaries and proceed to easily dominate the Earth and even space. Given that opportunity, what government could possibly resist? To believe that a government would just put a lid on such a powerful weapon and not use it shows a total and willful misunderstanding of human nature. Sorry guys, the world doesn’t work that way.



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