viernes, 23 de mayo de 2014

NASA pulls e-book which appeared to suggest aliens may have left messages among ancient rock art

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Mixed messages ... this stone is an example of ancient “cup and ring” markings found all over the world. It’s meaning and purpose are unknown. Source: Supplied

IS this evidence of alien contact? UFO aficionados are in a spin after NASA appeared to suggest ancient rock art may have been planted by aliens. The NASA e-book titled Archaeology, Anthroology, and Interstellar Communication, which was issued earlier this week, details efforts in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. It has since been taken down without explanation. But many insist it contained a real eye-opener.

The 330 page book, edited by the director of Interstellar Message Composition at SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), Dr Douglas Vakoch, allegedly made the extraordinary suggestion that unusual ancient patterns gouged into rocks “might have been made by aliens”. But the storm of interest may be little more than the result of a typo or editing error. Or wishful thinking on the behalf of true believers.

His organisation is tasked with researching ways that alien civilisations may “create messages that could be transmitted across interstellar space, allowing communication between humans and extraterrestrials even without face-to-face contact”. A contributor to the book, computer scientist William Edmondson, wrote: “It is helpful to review some parallels from human existence that pose problems for us today. One of these is ‘rock art,’ which consists of patterns or shapes cut into rock many thousands of years ago.”

“We can say little, if anything, about what these patterns signify, why they were cut into rocks, or who created them. For all intents and purposes, they might have been made by aliens. Unless we find a readable exegesis of them produced at the time they were made, we will never be able to say with certainty what the patterns mean.”

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