No UFOs; Never Have Been, Never Will Be

Do you have a burning desire to spend all your money to travel to distant jungles to strike up convos with screeching monkeys in trees?

I’m not dressing up posts with header images anymore. Clean and simple. But, for this one, I’ll make an exception. It’s funny, and it drives the point home.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been intrigued by the sudden government-sanctioned “limited hangouts” on UFOs. Some folks, like Tucker Carlson, have latched onto them, prompting me to shake my head in disbelief. Here’s the deal: for 35 years, I’ve held firm that there are no UFOs, never have been, and never will be. Logic is on my side, and I’ll outline why below.

I’m giving out #31 of my 114 No-Pill Advantages. Originally drafted 35 years ago, it has undergone a few revisions, but the core logic and conclusion remains unchanged. As you read through this, keep in mind it was written decades ago. Ask yourself: has anything fundamentally changed? Are there actual bodies now? Artifacts like a phaser or some tricorder gadget? An actual spacecraft dissected? Nope, just the same old grainy photos and blurry videos.

… In an age where everyone has had a phone in their pocket for 20 years, and high-resolution cameras for at least the last decade, where are the clear photos? Modern phones excel even in low-light conditions, yet I’ve never seen a decent, high-res shot of a supposed UFO. Not one.

What gives rise to this post is that I got wind of an article in The Hill. It’s a ridiculous piece, based on a so-called “Harvard study” that I can’t even find. It’s just a bunch of nonsense, really. I don’t even want to dignify it. What it screams to me is the same old pattern in society: blind deference to so-called authorities.

… You know why people really have a problem with totalitarian regimes? What’s the chief distinction between the U.S. government or the EU, or whoever, and a totalitarian regime? The chief distinction is that a totalitarian regime doesn’t have a “God,” doesn’t have a higher authority. People bristle at the idea that there’s no imaginary-friend-personally-looking-out-for-you check on their government’s authority.

So, in the case of the U.S., we have a secular check, which is the Constitution and the separation of powers. It kinda works—except when it usually doesn’t. But then you have the church, right? You can’t really be a successful politician in America without making your obeisance to some form of God. For America, that pretty much has to be Jehovah or Jesus. In countries like where I live, Thailand, you gotta be a Buddhist.

But here’s the kicker: the UFO thing represents a kind of backup authority. Governments need people who have faith in a higher power, higher intelligence, or higher knowledge. If God or whatever manifestation of God isn’t working out quite as well as they’d hoped, they roll out the space aliens. Eventually, they’ll reveal themselves. And of course, since they could get here, they must know everything. They know where we came from. They know the origin story. They’ll be able to tell us all sorts of stuff. Just have faith in that.

They’re looking out for us.

It’s the same faith as religion. Exactly the same on fundamental levels. And that’s what I keep harping on: the lack of agency among individual human beings. People are supposed to be their own authority. Their job in life is to look around, assess what’s real, and distinguish it from what’s not real. Act accordingly. Make mistakes, learn from them, and go forth to do better and better. Be a little less wrong about everything every day, rather than holding up a book written 2000 years ago and claiming it’s right about everything.

OK, enjoy this piece. Keep in mind it was drafted 35 years ago. Ask yourself: Does anything we currently think we know about UFOs make anything said here false? If you’re honest, you’ll say no, it doesn’t. So what’s the big hullabaloo all about?

No-Pill #31 The Woo-Woo Myth Stuff

— Astrology, UFOs, and Other Myths Debunked

The 114 No-Matrix/No-Pill Advantages Course. Start here.

“Unlock the power of your mind and unleash your full potential by debunking popular myths about astrology, UFOs, and other forms of mysticism. Discover how these beliefs can hinder personal growth, financial well-being, and long-term happiness. Learn why advanced civilizations might not be reaching out to us despite their technological capabilities. This article empowers you to make informed decisions, live independently, and chart a successful life path free from mystical influences. Understand why you’ve never heard this simple and obvious reasoning previously in your life.

As with all forms of mysticism, the acceptance of myths ranging from astrology and UFOs to religion and the concept of God can have detrimental effects on an individual’s thinking and integration processes. In fact, this acceptance can severely hinder a person’s personal power, productive competence, financial well-being, psychuous pleasures, and long-range happiness.

When one embraces mysticism, they often surrender critical thinking and rationality in favor of beliefs that lack empirical evidence or logical reasoning. By doing so, they limit their ability to objectively analyze and understand the world around them. This impaired thinking can prevent individuals from making informed decisions, solving problems effectively, and adapting to new situations.

Moreover, the integration processes of a person, which involve synthesizing different aspects of their life and experiences, are also compromised. The acceptance of myths can create cognitive dissonance and conflicts within an individual’s belief system, leading to a fragmented sense of self and difficulty in establishing coherent values and principles. This lack of integration can hinder personal growth and development, as well as negatively impact relationships and social interactions.

Furthermore, embracing mysticism can have adverse effects on an individual’s personal power and sense of agency. By relying on external forces such as astrological predictions or supernatural entities, people may feel disempowered and dependent on factors beyond their control. This can lead to a sense of helplessness and passivity, preventing individuals from taking charge of their own lives and pursuing their goals with determination.

In addition, the acceptance of myths can impede productive competence. Instead of focusing on acquiring practical skills, knowledge, and expertise, individuals may invest their time and energy in pursuits that lack a solid foundation in reality. This diversion of resources can hamper professional growth, limit career opportunities, and hinder financial well-being.

Moreover, the pursuit of psychuous pleasures, which encompass both physical and emotional gratification, can be compromised by the acceptance of myths. By attributing supernatural or cosmic significance to experiences, individuals may overlook the genuine sources of joy and fulfillment in their lives. This can lead to a perpetual search for external validation or transcendent experiences, neglecting the simple pleasures and meaningful connections that can bring long-lasting happiness.

Ultimately, the acceptance of myths in various forms of mysticism can have far-reaching consequences. It can cripple an individual’s thinking and integration processes, limiting their personal power, productive competence, financial well-being, psychuous pleasures, and long-range happiness. By embracing critical thinking, rationality, and evidence-based beliefs, individuals can open themselves up to a world of possibilities, empowering themselves to live a more fulfilled and successful life.

Many popular myths rely on so-called “scientific” evidence to create an illusion of credibility. Supporters of astrology argue that the incredibly weak celestial forces that interact with humans have an impact on their thoughts, actions, behavior, and fate. They use the example of how the moon’s gravitational forces cause ocean tides as “proof.” However, facts and rational thinking demonstrate that humans are solely responsible for their own destiny. A person’s mind has the ability to overpower all the forces of nature combined. In a society that values freedom, an individual’s conscious mind has much more control over their future than all the obvious, direct influences of nature, government, and religion combined.

One’s destiny is primarily determined by their own choices rather than their surroundings. With the exception of natural disasters or oppressive totalitarian regimes, the impact of nature and social environment on an individual’s long-term future is minimal or negligible when compared to the power of the rational conscious mind.

To allow one’s future to be impacted by natural forces like the weather, wind, or rain would diminish the power of their mind and actions. However, astrologers take it a step further by suggesting that even the faintest celestial forces from outer space can influence human beings and their minds. This perspective undermines the potential of the human mind, eroding confidence and self-esteem. Furthermore, those who allow themselves to be controlled or influenced by nonexistent forces like the God myth face even more serious consequences in their confidence and self-esteem.

There is a common misconception among many individuals that the authority of government and religion surpasses their own power. This belief is understandable, given the historical destructive impact these forces have had on humanity. However, it is important to recognize that government and religious influences, although often destructive, do not have to control an individual’s present or future. By employing critical thinking and rational decision-making, one can typically evade or reduce the impact of government and religion on their personal lives, enabling them to live independently, productively, and happily.

Sometimes, the devastating impacts on individuals can be caused by various entities such as the government, religion, or even natural occurrences like earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes. The government has the power to seize or exploit someone’s belongings, as well as imprison or unjustly kill innocent individuals. Religion has the potential to harm a person’s mental well-being and overall happiness. Additionally, when the church wields direct political influence, it has historically inflicted torture and death upon countless innocent people, exemplified by instances like the Dark Ages, Inquisitions, Jonestown, Ayatollah Iran, Witch Trials, and the crusades. However, none of these potential or actual forces essentially govern or determine the course of human lives or destiny. The human mind, in conjunction with the choices made throughout an individual’s life, ultimately shapes the life and future of a productive person, unless they are directly incapacitated or destroyed by government or religious forces.

Believing in “scientific” myths like UFOs, which are unidentified flying objects from intelligent outer space, can have negative effects on a person’s self-esteem and their ability to experience pleasure and happiness. Similar to astrology and other forms of “scientific” mysticism[1], UFO advocates use a scientific-sounding foundation to create the illusion of credibility. They often take the valid hypothesis that there are millions of Earth-like planets in outer space with advanced civilizations and technology beyond our own. These civilizations would likely be capable of communication or even traveling across vast distances to reach Earth, as their conscious beings would have achieved biological immortality a long time ago.

The aforementioned hypotheses hold statistical validity and are likely factual. Based on statistical data, it is plausible to conclude that there are millions, if not billions, of Earth-like planets harboring intelligent life forms across the universe. It is highly probable that a significant number of these civilizations, being far more advanced than ours, have the capability to establish contact with Earth. However, logical reasoning and statistical evidence suggest that these civilizations would not think to contact Earth or any number of other millions of civilizations on par with Earth’s advancement, or more primitive.

The primary rationale for holding the belief that Earth has never been contacted by any extraterrestrial civilization is the lack of any compelling evidence suggesting such an encounter. Any purported evidence that has surfaced thus far has been deemed dubious, fraudulent, or scientifically invalid. Had there been actual contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life, the proof would have been both instantaneous and overwhelmingly convincing. Take, for instance, the highly sophisticated artifacts that would inevitably be left behind by any civilization devoid of mysticism, yet possessing the necessary technological prowess and energy to establish contact with Earth.

Surely, numerous highly sophisticated civilizations within the cosmos possess the technology to reach and communicate with Earth. However, using the following rationale, it is unlikely that they would make contact. The advancement of any civilization is directly proportional to the amount of energy it can harness. This energy capacity is a direct reflection of scientific knowledge and technological development. The energy necessary for interstellar communication and travel far outweighs Earth’s total energy capacity, given our current technological state. Therefore, a civilization capable of reaching us would be significantly more advanced. This implies that such a civilization would have surpassed the Nuclear-Decision Threshold. This critical juncture is one that every advanced civilization must navigate successfully to ensure survival. Currently, our civilization is at this threshold. The Nuclear-Decision Threshold represents the stage at which a civilization’s energy, knowledge, and technology have evolved to the extent that they can produce enough artificial energy (such as nuclear energy) to obliterate all life on their planet. From this point, all civilizations must select one of two paths:

(1) Follow a philosophical system that is irrational, altruistic, and Platonistic, where authoritarian initiatory force persuades others to back “higher” mystical causes that support the deceptive livelihoods of parasitical elites. Such systems will ultimately result in either complete nuclear warfare[2] or a regression to an anti-technological Dark Ages where the majority of knowledge and technology are lost. Regardless of the outcome, the majority of the world’s population will perish and civilization will be destroyed due to the manipulation of pointless mysticism to provide false power and deceptive livelihoods to those who destroy value.

(2) Adopt or transition to a rational, business-oriented, Aristotelian philosophical system that excludes the use of initiatory force. This system enables civilization to securely progress past the Nuclear-Decision Threshold.

Therefore, any civilization that has significantly surpassed this threshold would naturally exist in a logical Aristotelian society (logic: 1+1=2; identity: A is A). This would imply a free-market business society where initiating force is eliminated as it’s uncompetitive, powerless, and immoral. In such a progressed society, all forms of mysticism would naturally have been discredited and abandoned as foolish and harmful. This business-oriented society would be devoid of politicians, theologians, mooching leaches, oppressive governments, quasi-state fascistic Big Corp, and other exploiters and parasites. Actions would be grounded in reality-based logic exercised by free individuals living harmoniously and competitively in line with their sensible best interests.

In a highly advanced society, there would be no logical rationale or discernible advantages to justify the excessive time and energy needed to communicate with Earth or comparable extraterrestrial civilizations. Such an endeavor would neither be scientifically intriguing nor profitable for a civilization possessing such advanced knowledge and technology.

In other words, once a civilization reaches a point of technological progress where it can communicate with other civilizations, the incentive or desire to do so, along with the advantages gained from it, may decrease. This is because such societies would naturally be reasonable and self-serving. People within these societies would be capable of satisfying all their material, emotional, and developmental needs within a reasonable geographic boundary, even though they have the capacity to explore further into space. In addition, these developed civilizations could have access to an imagined universal interstellar computer network. Such a network would manage and provide all crucial knowledge for sharing among developed, advanced civilizations. It would require no access keys. Attaining the advanced knowledge to detect it would, in itself, be the access key.

To sum up, it’s likely that thousands or even millions of highly advanced civilizations exist in the cosmic realm, equipped with the technology to reach out to Earth. However, due to their non-altruistic, profit-driven nature, these societies would lack a rational reason or incentive to invest their time and energy in such contact.[3]

Our civilization would need to transition from our present Platonistic/altruistic philosophical foundation to an Aristotelian/rationally self-interested, business-like philosophical foundation to significantly progress beyond our existing Nuclear-Decision Threshold.

Interestingly, our current stage of civilization allows us to reap substantial economic, technological, and scientific rewards from studying outer space and venturing beyond our solar system. By transitioning to a rational and logical society, our civilization will significantly surpass the Nuclear-Decision Threshold. This will result in our knowledge, technology, and well-being advancing at such a rapid and extensive pace that when we have the energy capacity to communicate with civilizations in distant outer space, the logical reasons or incentives for such contact (economic, social, scientific) will become less relevant. This is because within such an advanced and benevolent society, each individual’s potential can be fully realized, representing the total creative power available in the universe. Upon reaching this potential, there is no need for anything more from outer space, especially once our scientists, driven by business interests, learn to tap into the universal interstellar computer.

The answer, therefore, to the outer-space UFO question reduces to:

  1. It’s likely that numerous highly developed civilizations across the universe possess the ability to reach out to, and even visit Earth.
  2. However, there has never been any credible scientific proof demonstrating that any communication or encounters with extraterrestrial intelligence have taken place on our planet.
  3. It’s logical to assume that these advanced civilizations, equipped with the technology needed to contact Earth, would lack any economic, social, or scientific motivation to do so. This is because once such a civilization has thoroughly explored, understood, and utilized a certain area of space, the urge and incentive to continue probing further and deeper into space, incurring greater costs, would gradually vanish.

[1] “Scientific” mysticism often stems from the desire to find external forces or “authorities” that can relieve the human mind from the task of thinking. Mystics yearn for an effortless guide to knowledge and life, steered by forces beyond their control. However, such an effortless guide does not exist. No external force can replace the work of an individual’s mind. Instances such as the U.S. president relying on astrology or the U.S.S.R. government funding research into ESP, psychokinesis, PK, and other pseudosciences, highlight the intellectual inadequacy of these governments and their leaders. In truth, these governments appear foolish and their leaders are merely jesters. They are gradually becoming obsolete due to the global exposure of their many incompetencies.

[2] Ironically, unilateral peace and disarmament movements, often championed by professional mystics and looters, are not just dishonest and mystical, but they also push the world towards nuclear annihilation. On the other hand, a well-prepared and rational society can not only effectively guard against nuclear war but also thrive in the future. This is because self-protection is a fundamental moral duty. Therefore, developing an efficient Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or “Star-Wars” defense system is the most logical and ethical action any country could take to safeguard its citizens and their property. (Refer to No-Pill Advantage #110 for an in-depth discussion on the inherent right to self-defense.)

[3] The only plausible reason for a highly advanced civilization to communicate beyond their immediate star system might be the imminent death of their sun, their primary energy source, through a cataclysmic event or eventuality. Such a civilization would likely seek to explore and colonize planets in nearby star systems. Given the ever-shifting positions of stars within our Milky Way galaxy, Earth could, at certain instances, become a “nearby” star system (for instance, less than a hundred light years away) to a civilization needing to abandon their own solar system due to an impending solar detonation or other disaster. Under such circumstances, Earth could become a target for exploration or even colonization from space. However, statistically, the chance of such a convergence of events is extremely low.

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  1. Eddie OShaughnessy on June 17, 2024 at 07:12

    She called it. She called all of it.

    “Faith and force… are corollaries: every period of history dominated by mysticism, was a period of statism, of dictatorship, of tyranny.”

    “Mysticism requires the notion of the unknowable, which is revealed to some and withheld from others; this divides men into those who feel guilt and those who cash in on it.”

    Ayn Rand

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