Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, Psychology, M-Theory, and Why Aliens Aren’t Among Us
We are on the verge of a watershed moment in American history, wherein an official government body will (seemingly) indicate that Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) are a clear and present danger to our country. I will go a step further and argue that not only are UAP not extraterrestrial in origin: even if they aren’t of human origin (i.e. they are interdimensional) it ultimately doesn’t matter. This “admission” is one born of necessity rather than honesty in a time of significant social strife in a last-ditch attempt to maintain social cohesion.
- ME AS CHILD: MICKEY MOUSE, VIDEO GAMES, AND J. ALLEN HYNEK
I first became aware of the notion of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (or “UAPs,” a term derived by ufologists to reframe discourse over mysterious objects by abandoning the loaded terminology of “UFOs” and its inherent linkage to crackpots and so-called “flying saucers”) at the age of seven after reading a Scholastic book on the paranormal. I was immediately both captivated and terrified by the notion that intelligent extrasolar life could be traveling to our planet at will disrupting society, the full body of accepted scientific knowledge, and (in some reported cases) causing lasting physical and psychic trauma. That was a horrific possibility to me, and a year later I was able to gain access to the local university library courtesy of a student teacher in my 3rd grade class — this elevated my pursuit of the truth to an academic level at age eight, resulting in a deep and abiding passion that persists to this day.
2. THE MONKEY’S PAW: U.S. MILITARY EVIDENCE OF UAP
I have followed with great interest the steady trickle of leaked UAP-related visual media over the last few years, the flow of which has steadily increased in intensity in the lead-up to next month’s release of the Pentagon report on UAP to the Senate Intelligence Committee. We have now have numerous cataloged and verified instances of UAP interacting with our naval forces in the ocean waters off both the east and west coasts of the United States.
Per witness testimony and the visual media itself, these objects display flight dynamics that defy the laws of physics in bizarre and unsettling ways: one object was observed descending from 80,000 feet AGL to just above the surface of the Pacific Ocean in one second, a feat that is equivalent to a downward velocity of 288 million miles per hour and which would exert over 8,000 G’s on any physical craft and its occupants per Newtonian notions of gravity. For context, an individual weighing 160 pounds that is driving an automobile traveling 30 miles per hour and wearing a seat belt will experience 30 G’s of force in a front-end collision with a static object, or 2.4 tons of force acting on the body; if not wearing a seat belt, they would experience 150 G’s (or roughly 12 tons) of force. In short, the physical stress exerted given the flight dynamics displayed by these objects would absolutely explode both human bodies and terrestrial objects.
Given the volume of visual evidence and testimony pointing towards observable objects performing seemingly-extraordinary feats in the immediate presence of some of the most advanced technology in the world, one would think this represents the Holy Grail for ufologists and believers the world-over: conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial visitation. The problem, however, is that after studying these events I arrive at only two explanations for these events, and neither is extraterrestrial.
3. POSSIBILITY ONE: THE PSYCHOSOCIAL HYPOTHESIS
In the late 1950s, Dr. Carl Jung (better known for his elaborations on Freudian psychoanalysis than his work relating to UFOs) authored a book entitled “Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky.” In this book, Jung laid out an interesting perspective that ran completely counter to established thinking on the subject of UAP. At the time, the discussion was framed on one side by the unfounded denialism of the U.S. government via the U.S. Air Force’s UAP investigations (a trend amplified over the successive course of Projects Sign, Grudge, and Blue Book over the time period 1948–1969) and on the other side by the absurd belief of the Atomic Age public in science’s ability to conquer reality. Jung argued that UAP were definitely worthy of scientific study given there seeming-omnipresence, but that they served a broader purpose than being mere unexplainable phenomena.
According to Jung, UAP simply represented the next stage of human mythology: much as the ancient Hindus spoke of Shiva and medieval Germanic cultures documented elves, so too does modern humanity detail a phenomenon that seems to exist just outside the range of our consciousness and scientific understanding. Because there exists so much in the seeming vastness of the universe beyond our species’ capabilities of rationalization or control, we engineer and attribute mythological explanations to phenomena outside of our current scientific grasp at the time. These mythological explanations evolve in accordance with our scientific and teleological understanding of the universe, but unpinning anomalies are ever-present regardless of the era because there will fundamentally always exist a gap between our conception of the universe and its objective reality.
To broadly summarize, then, Jung said that UAP probably doesn’t exist in a medium outside of our own minds — meaning, in effect, that they are ultimately not “real” in the sense that they aren’t physical objects — but that they serve a vital role in humanity’s coming to grips with its existential powerlessness. A commonality of belief relating several UAP encounters may come to undergird the foundations of a religion’s development, for example, or unite warring tribes under the banner of the existential meaninglessness of their supposed divisions in light of the scope of the untouchable heavens (as manifested in UAP encounters).
UAPs then, despite not being in any physical sense real, still shape societies in fundamental ways in what is called the “psychosocial hypothesis” (PSH). Much as we continually try to quantify gaps in our individual performance in different subject areas relative to perfection (e.g. one defines their golfing abilities in terms of their “handicap,” or how far off they at any time from averaging “par” on a given golf course) so too, then, does humanity seek to do the same. Because we cannot say quantify this gap on a species-level (e.g. “We are 9,000,000,000,000,000 TB of data short of understanding reality!”), we collectively ascribe gaps in knowledge to a higher power — in our day and age in Western society, extraterrestrials.
I will later explain why this possibility is dangerous, as one’s understanding of truth is essentially relative to how proximal they are to power: as such, this presents a vehicle for social and political control over disenfranchised populations.
4. A BASIC OVERVIEW OF M-THEORY, STRINGS, AND WINGDINGS: THE NOTION OF THE MULTIVERSE
In the late 1970s and as technology advanced, it became increasingly apparent to physicists that coupling Einstein’s general theory of relativity with quantum mechanics was insufficient to explain the totality of the universe. The counterintuitive properties of several fundamental features such as the existence of both black holes and atomic nuclei demonstrated fundamental deficiencies in our understanding of the surrounding universe. In light of these inadequacies, physicists went back to the drawing board and emerged with something that was termed “string theory.”
Broadly speaking, string theory postulates that the universe is comprised of microunits called “strings,” structures that fundamentally comprise everything (both living and non-living) and are a mere 10–33 centimeters long. As has been popularly related, were an atom increased to the size of our solar system, a “string” would be the size of a single tree on Earth. The problem with string theory wasn’t that it emerged (as it was natural given technological progression), but rather that five theories were born of it with completely different fundamental conceptions of spacetime and how many dimensions comprised it.
In 1995, a theoretical physicist gave a presentation in Los Angeles in which he detailed a theoretical framework that would unify these five disparate theories under one cohesive framework. Called “M-Theory,” Dr. Edward Witten’s model detailed a reality that is eleven-dimensional (with one time and ten spatial dimensions). Considered in sum, the impact of this was significant and resulted both in the establishment of subspecialties such as string phenomenology and multiverse theory.
5. POSSIBILITY TWO: THE INTERDIMENSIONAL HYPOTHESIS (WHY YOUR LOCAL STONER MAY HAVE A POINT)
With an understanding of the potentially-vast amount of spacetime and dimensionality that our perception cannot observe or account for, we can begin to consider the other of the two hypotheses, and one that is considerably wilder: the interdimensional hypothesis (IDH). I think an explanation of the evolution of my thoughts with regards to the origin of UAP may provide a better window into explaining the nuts and bolts of IDH.
In considering UAP, we see commonalities in their observed behavior that are simply not consistent with the established laws of nature and physics if they are subject to the same constraints as us. In 2004, an Iranian F-14 pilot scrambled to intercept a UAP that was estimated as demonstrating the ability to instantaneously accelerate to Mach 10 (7,600+ miles per hour). As previously noted, a UAP over the eastern Atlantic Ocean was observed by an American naval spotting crew to descend from 80,000 feet to surface level in one second, a speed equivalent to 288 million miles per hour. Without getting into specifics from National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) investigations, suffice it to say that neither the human body nor any vehicle of human construction or built by human materials is capable of such flight dynamics.
With this in mind, one can then consider this data within the context of the utter vastness of the universe. It is thought that there may be an exoplanet near Alpha Centauri capable of supporting human life without significant terraforming some 4.37 light years away: in short, if you could travel 670 million miles per hour (a rounded approximation of the speed of light in mph), in just under four and a half years you could reach something that might possibly allow for safe investigation, but with zero guarantee: you also could have just traveled four and a half years for nothing as your loved ones aged decades and died without your knowledge due to time dilation. Why, then, given the physical and chronical constraints of our reality would any alien not only venture here, but venture here over and over again for seemingly no meaningful point? Likely because they are not alien (at least in terms of our popular conceptions of “little green men” or “greys” from Hollywood).
According to M-theory, there exist eleven concurrent dimensions: ten characterized by increasingly complex spatial configuration and one characterized by chronological time. We are three-dimensional beings aware of the fourth-dimension (time), but unable to influence or manipulate it in any way — what of entities that might exist in higher dimensions, however? If we to interacted with a two-dimensional world, they would only be able to regard us in terms of our length and width (and with no knowledge that we had depth) as their perception is constrained to their environment. How would we visualize our interactions with higher-dimensional entities?
This is the basis of the IDH. UAP as we perceive it could be physical vessels (of ET or human origin) somehow defying the fundamental laws of our universe without any seeming repercussions; alternatively, they could be simplified manifestations of higher-dimensional entities interacting with us but framed through our limited perspective of the universe. To reference the previous two-dimensional example, if I were to interact with a two-dimensional entity, they would only see length and width. If I moved forward or backward out of the frame of reference where they could see me and then back to where they could see me, however, I would seem to disappear and then reappear for instance. This would come to resemble materialization and dematerialization from their reference point even though all I am doing in my frame of reference is taking a step backward or forward. A slight movement to a higher-dimensional entity through the framework of my perception and environment might appear to me as a sudden acceleration to 288 million miles per hour and an immediate stop.
This is an understandably confounding and bizarre hypothesis as it essentially revolves around the presupposition that we are subject to interfacing with higher dimensions that we can never see or understand, but that concurrently exist all around us. Ultimately, however, given that we broadly accept both M-theory and the underlying presumption of multiverse theory, this postulation is basically just in accordance with accepted physics and doesn’t rely on the notion of extraterrestrial entities as it need not: those who are alien to us surround us at all times in higher dimensions.
6. I DON’T CARE WHAT THE HISTORY CHANNEL SAYS: IT AIN’T ALIENS
Popular media may still utilize the same clipart of aliens and flying saucers when reporting on every remotely-related story, but as has been detailed the truth is very likely far headier (and in many ways, weirder) than the prosaic notion of aliens from some faraway universe randomly popping in to say “Yo.” I’ve laid out most of the reasons why an ET hypothesis is nonsensical or at least alluded to them, but to detail some possibly unaddressed explicitly they include (but are not limited to):
· The sheer vastness of the universe, expansive in all the x-, y-, and z-axes.
· This vastness is not conducive whatsoever to locating intelligent life while it still exists (or at all).
· Were one to view an intelligent civilization light years away, they are looking at a static picture of the past.
· Given how non-conducive this situation is to even finding alien life, traveling to visit it is even more ridiculous.
· There’s a non-zero probability that it is extinct at any given time, and they’d spend years traveling to find it’s gone.
· In accordance with Fermi’s Paradox, civilizations probably destroy themselves before discovering interstellar travel.
· The behavior exhibited by UAP in media does not seem to reflect meaningful constraint by the laws of physics.
· Movement in defiance of established physics would be more easily explainable by interdimensional interactions.
· The performance of UAP would kill occupants with fleshly bodies that were bound to physical law.
· The behavior of UAP seem to align with something that could be impacted by our actions (e.g. fixation on ICBMs).
· These behavioral proclivities would make no sense for an advanced race from a significant distance away.
And most importantly of all, if you take me at my reasoning that the IDH makes more sense than the ETH:
· I can’t guarantee that any of these aren’t human in origin or faked media.
With all of this laid out, one can begin to consider rationale, implications, and outcomes. As one might assume, I will not be considering the ETH as it just doesn’t make sense.
7. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU BELIEVE: IT’S ABOUT CONTROL
While I have laid out the PSH, IDH, and ETH as it pertains to the UAP that the U.S. military is observing around the globe, I have set aside a major, key underlying question for discussion: “Why now?”
For decades, the United States’ military forces have seemingly sought to (at best) ignore UAP and (at worst) suppress evidence of their existence, so why would they now — after decades of successfully suppressing sightings — suddenly see themselves in a situation where they are repeatedly accounting to the veracity of Twitter leaks to random reporters? The answer for this is simpler: regardless of the origins of UAP, the U.S. military wants you to know that they exist.
There are two primary frameworks one can consider this through which lend themselves to either the PSH or IDH given that an understanding of reality is all you need to control it, but they both boil down to one singular feature, however: the supposition of institutional frailty in the U.S. government, something that isn’t in any way farfetched.
It has become apparent in the aftermath of both the 2016 election and SolarWinds hack years later that we are in a position of unprecedented weakness from the standpoint of national security. We still have yet to fully understand the scope of Russia’s incursion into our nationwide digital infrastructure: less than a month ago, however, a group identified as being tied to Russia launched a cyberattack that completely halted activity along the East Coast’s Colonial pipeline network, resulting in fuel shortages and skyrocketing prices at the pump. Given the multitudinous sanctions that we’ve placed upon Russian oligarchs and leaders and coupled with their desire to unite with China to dislodge us as the preeminent global superpower, it stands to reason that this is likely only the first in what will over time be an escalating series of infrastructure attacks on the part of the bilateral Russo-Sino alliance.
So it is then that American citizens may find themselves dealing repeatedly with random and unexplainable disruptions to their everyday lives that are inherently tied to Russian manipulation of SolarWinds hack-originated systems and data. This poses an existential threat to the viability of any democratic country, as persistent systemic resource disruption typically precipitates either the elevation of a populist demagogue tyrant or the collapse of the state itself: given that we already had the former and nearly had the latter in early January, the long-term structural integrity of our country is highly-questionable. Coupled with significant social discord, division, and strife over issues ranging from racial oppression to the potential for an imminent pandemic-induced housing crisis, the United States is a country teetering on the brink.
So it is, then, that words spoken in 1987 by Ronald Reagan before the UN General Assembly take on a bizarre, renewed prescience:
“I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?”
It is my belief that someone within the government kept this speech forever in mind in a “Break in Case of Emergency” fashion in the event of late-60s sorts of social strife. As we now find ourselves under like conditions, whether these are interdimensional entities, human hallucinations, or simply our military having fallen asleep at the wheel, the underlying purpose of the release of the information will have remained the same — to attempt to unite a disaffected generation of youths in the face of: a pandemic and its lasting repercussions; ongoing hybrid warfare; persistent systemic oppression; impending waves of situational migration; other climate change-induced damage; and increasing wealth inequality, mental illness, and gun violence.
As alluded to earlier, however, those who get the shortest end of the stick are those with no meaningful voice to counter that they were always under attack and, worst of all, not necessarily from non-human forces.
8. KEY TAKEAWAYS AND WHY WE SHOULD STOP WORRYING AND LEARN TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER
So what does all this mean: the possibility of interdimensional beings that exist around us continuously without our observing them, targeted releases of laundered information through a gallery of people that somehow includes Tom DeLonge from Blink-182, and… actually I can’t think of anything more self-evidently bizarre than that last point.
It means that our country and (given climate change) our planet are in dire trouble and those in power have no choice but to play their Pocket Aces: hoping against hope that the dissemination of a (presumably warped) version of the truth with regards to the nature and existence of UAP will somehow catalyze a unity of the masses that their horrible economic and social policies never did — mainly because most of them were counteractive to the aims of unity and a shared prosperity.
And that’s the saddest thing in watching all of these videos: they are absolutely wild to observe after decades of studying UAP via old library tomes, grainy videos, and black-and-white photos, but regardless of their underlying veracity or agency, I know they are only being released now because the United States government realizes how horrifically they screwed up — 33.0% of Americans behind on rent or mortgage as of early May believed eviction to be “somewhat” to “very” likely within the next two months, and that is horrifying.
If or when anything meaningful is spelled out in the Pentagon report about UAP to the Senate Intelligence Committee, I hope it is greeted with silence by the electorate: no interdimensional weapon can be as damaging as imminent lasting homelessness.