Search for Intelligent Life (Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence)
Since the very existence of Intelligent Life or mankind on the planet Earth, mankind has been fascinated by the unknown. Over the years this has unsolved and exposed multiple facets of the blue planet.When the man looked at the sky and saw birds, he desired the ability to fly and then through trial and error, the first aircraft that could make a man fly emerged. Having thus explored the sky, man’s fascination turned to the multiple blinking points of light in the night sky… the Stars.
‘Goldilocks Principle’ states that for life to exist on a planet, it must orbit around a star like the Sun. Many also believe that mankind is not the only intelligent life form in the Universe. Then why has there not been any contact with these beings that dwell in the beyond? Or has there been?
In this series of articles, we have seen Dr. Nikola Tesla in his labs at Colorado Spring, having invented the system to receive communications from far distances using his transmitters and receivers. But Dr. Tesla aimed to send electricity and information via these receivers which were required to be very sensitive. In the quest to create such receivers which would be able to detect incoming storms or weather disturbances at hundreds of miles away and predict their speed direction and distance traveled, Dr. Tesla, heard some “unknown and previously unheard” electrical disturbances.
Dr. Tesla had already tracked the frequencies of electrical signals received on earth including those of the sun, the aurora, and virtually all major known sounds.Hence he was taken aback with what he was hearing. Dr. Tesla sat alone thinking about this unusual finding. Here he had an insight; he realized that these sounds were not the sounds transmitted by any manmade or natural event occurring on earth, but they originated from a source beyond the planet Earth.
Back in those days, there was a belief in the scientific community of the existence of life on Mars. But the signals which Dr. Nikola Tesla received originated from far beyond the Mars. This was the year 1899 and this discovery would lead Dr. Tesla to dedicate the remainder of his life to detecting and communicating with the source of this signal. After these initial experiments, Dr. Tesla started experimenting with better radio transmitters and receivers in order to repeat his reception of these anomalous signals. The signals appeared to be periodical and with a clear suggestion of number and order. This pushed Dr. Tesla to devise means to hear the messages more clearly and determine their direction and source.
In Collier's Weekly dated February 9, 1901, Dr. Nikola Tesla wrote an article titled "Talking with the Planets" in which he writes, "I can readily demonstrate that with an expenditure not exceeding two thousand horsepower, signals can be transmitted to a planet such as Mars with as much exactness and certitude as we now send messages by wire from New York to Philadelphia. These means are the result of long-continued experiments and gradual improvements..."He claimed he had detected an artificial signal from Mars or possibly Venus using high-voltage equipment he had set up in Colorado Springs. And this is when Dr. Tesla predicted that interplanetary communications would "become the dominating idea of the century that has just begun."
By the 1920’s Dr. Nikola Tesla had grown confident that he was able to make sense of the strange radio broadcasts he was receiving from space. However, soon afterward Dr. Tesla began to express great concerns about beings from other planets that had unsavory designs for planet Earth. Dr. Tesla claimed that “These signals are too strong to have traveled the great distances from Mars to Earth. So I am forced to admit to myself that the sources must come from somewhere in nearby space or even the moon. I am certain, however, that the creatures that communicate with each other every night are not from Mars or possibly from any other planet in our solar system”.
According to Dr. Nikola Tesla’s claim, this would mean that he had intercepted communications between Earth and another planet that may or may not be in our solar system. He also felt that beings from other planets were already here and he was very afraid that they had been controlling man for thousands of years and that, humans were simply tested subjects for an experiment of extremely long duration. His observations lead him to approach the United States government and military but to no avail. All his letters too went unanswered.
For all his ideas and observations, Dr. Nikola Tesla only received the title of the “Mad Scientist” from the media and was laughed at by the people at his time. It was even suggested that what Dr. Tesla had picked up were signals from other sources or the transmissions made by other transmitters on earth itself that Dr. Tesla had misinterpreted as being from the space. Several years after Dr. Tesla announced his reception of signals from space; another scientist, Guglielmo Marconi from Italy also claimed to have heard from an alien radio transmitter. However, Marconi was just as quickly dismissed by his contemporaries who claimed that he too had received interference from another radio station on the Earth.
There is sadly no witness to Dr. Nikola Tesla's claim of being able to communicate with aliens and hence it is difficult to verify the claims he made. But the circumstantial evidence in support is quite strong. It is said that after the death of Dr. Tesla in 1943, the authorities took possession of all his research papers which amounted to 8 truckloads. The confiscated material was moved to an undisclosed location. Today the activities undertaken under the world-famous program called Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence is using all the principals and techniques similar to what Dr. Nikola Tesla had used in those days.
As far as the criticism of the research is concerned, we must realize that back in 1899 there were no other known transmitters on the surface of the earth which could interfere with Dr. Tesla's research. As stated by Dr. Nikola Tesla, he could discern between the sounds coming from any source. Also, a person of the caliber of Dr. Tesla who could think and construct prototypes just in his mind would not make such a fundamental mistake and that he must have arrived at such a conclusion after eliminating all possible alternatives. Dr. Tesla believed that “there is a difference between progress and technology, progress benefits mankind. Technology does not necessarily do that”.Thus the only conclusion that can be reached is that Dr. Tesla did, in fact, communicate with extraterrestrials but never released the evidence supporting his claim and rather accepted ridicule.
Mankind simply was not ready to acknowledge the research of Dr. Nikola Tesla then…
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