At the beginning of the year, a news item appeared on a few foreign media platforms. It was the story of a microscope, invented by an Italian-American scientist, Prof. Rugerro Santilli, which was able to detect invisible life forms on Earth. One of the news portals titled the story, “Scientists finally prove invisible aliens are here on Earth”. The scientist stumbled on his discovery while experimenting on anti-matter.
Curiously, the story did not trend despite its natural sensational offering. This might not be unconnected with the fact that a lot of people in the scientific world view many of Professor Santilli’s theories and inventions as pseudo-science. However, the Harvard professor has accused them of conspiracy to take the shine off his groundbreaking inventions because they did not want to rock the boat of mainstream research institution, which may threaten structure and the monies that oil their processes. He said his detractors are scared to push the frontiers, just the way the medieval scientific world did not want their myopic views challenged by more audacious thinkers and inventors.
The Santilli microscope was able to view and prove that there are other “physical” beings in our physical environment, but who remain invisible to us. He theorized that these alien entities go around the Earth unnoticed, gathering intelligence and influencing the affairs in our own material world.
My take is that, as always, the world is in denial. It is in our nature to deny what will rattle our reality and shift us from our comfort zone. It was once said that people fear what they cannot understand; and hate what they cannot conquer. Even when such matters are discussed or processed, it is always better to handle it as comedy or after-lunch banter, so that people can have a good laugh – and life goes on. No one wants to have sleepless nights over issues he has absolutely no control over.
Recently, it was reported that United States’ presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that aliens could already be here on Earth, and that if voted into power would use the top-secret resources like the governmental desert site Area 51 to find out.
Referring to her campaign chairman John Podesta, she said, “He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out, one way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51. I am going to get to the bottom of it.”
Area 51 is a top secret American military base in Nevada, which has been the subject of various outrageous UFO-related conspiracy theories. The journalist that extracted the information, Daymond Steer of Conway Daily Sun, however commented that he thought Clinton’s remark was just “light-hearted conversation”.
Many Americans believe in the reality of UFO and aliens, but the subject is always explored at length in Hollywood materials more than in real life scientific discourse. So, obviously Clinton may just be titillating the comic consciousness of electorates. In any case, one must also realise that many inventions started out as subjects of science fiction. The one that easily comes to memory is the submarine, which was graphically depicted in the story of Captain Nemo “20 Thousand Leagues under the Sea.”
Perhaps, with the way humans are wired it is safer for us to experience reality in the fictional before seeing it in the real world. I can bet that if there were technology for mass media during the Dark Ages, there would not be any witch-hunting of those that said the Earth was not flat – and was not the centre of the Universe – because everybody must have already absorbed the shock of such revelation via fictional tales in the mass media.
The Church would not have burnt so-called witches on the stake during the Inquisition, because the Devil would have been fictionalized so much that people would just laugh it off when you tell them you do not believe in the Virgin Birth or that you fly with a broomstick in the night.
Meanwhile, with what the world is going through today this is not the time to laugh over seemingly supernatural science or so-called pseudo-science. The pace at which the menace of religious fundamentalism, insurgencies and climate change pummel the world calls for new ways of seeing things and solving problems.
It will be recalled that during the Dark Ages, the dreaded Black Death ravaged humanity so much that various religious groups came up with outrageous ways to explain the epidemic and ridiculous strategies to stop its spread. At the end, it was discovered that it was microorganisms, invisible to the human eyes, which wrecked the havoc. This is why the world can never thank the inventor of Ampicillin enough. Just imagine the millions of lives that would have been lost if the medicine is not available to cure common illnesses. Today, we take this for granted.
I support any new science that would delve into the unknown to extract monumental ways of solving our present problems, especially climate change. Whether we call these new methods pseudo science or supernatural science or spiritual science, the bottom line is that they will solve Earth’s problem and challenge our imaginations.
After all, science as we know it today started with philosophers whose claim to any empirical science was their hope to turn metals into gold (i.e. Alchemy). If today, these men were to surface again, they would be called magicians and pseudo-scientists!
So, why don’t we go the way we started? Why don’t our scientists take a second look at the findings and claims of the invisible entities theory? And let them explore the Alternative Reality theory; and Parallel World thinking. Herein lies the future science and technology that will save the world, and give us a paradigm shift.
In fact, I believe that Africa is best prepared for this kind of science because of our indigenous Cosmology, and present syncretism of religions. This is because whereas the Western world is gradually but steadily tilting towards secular and atheistic tendencies; we are fast melding imported Western religions with our traditional supernatural practices. This is the dynamic behind the explosion of Pentecostalism in our clime. And, to some extent, this also explains the sudden entrenchment of Islamic fundamentalism, despite our natural be-your-brother’s keeper orientation.
I have heard authentic tales about invisible beings materialising to help people. I once interviewed a juju priest who told me how in 1998 invisible “children of the land” were summoned to go as personal bodyguards with his village warriors, and effectively became bullet-proof shields to the individual fighters. That is the supernatural dynamic behind the popular “Odi eshi” medicine.
We all have heard Nigerian musicians who told stories of how “water spirits gave them” their hit songs. There are many tales of these supernatural tales.
The world needs to explore Santilli’s theories. We need to know, are there invisible beings on Earth trying to set us all up for an unknown agenda? Are there aliens among us gradually stage-managing our self-destruction? Are the tales about Unidentified Flying Objects actually evidence of brief externalisation of these intelligences in their vehicles for intergalactic travels? Are there ways we can learn about the natural laws that control the status and operations of these entities? Is there a chance that we can use these laws to invent technologies that would help us win the war against climate change and other ecological challenges?