USAF Book Calls
For 'Intensive Scientific Study'
George A. Filer <>
Director, Mutual UFO Network Eastern
MUFON Skywatch Investigations
Filer's Files #05

ENVIRONMENTAL SPACE SCIENCES is a book written by Professor and Colonel Donald G. Carpenter who was the originator of the Space Science Course taught at the USAF Academy. He also served as the Commander of the SPACETRACK Radar Site at Shemya, Alaska. Colonel Carpenter was kind enough to send Eastern MUFON the book he edited and wrote with six other officers. He questions some of the laws of physics if we assume UFOs are real. The last chapter of his book is titled Unidentified Flying Objects and reads in part.
"It is obvious that intensive scientific study is needed in this area; no such study has yet been undertaken at the necessary levels of intensity needed. Something that must be guarded against in any such study is the trap of implicitly assuming that our knowledge of Physics (or any other branch of science) is complete. An example of one such trap is selecting a group of physical laws, which we now accept as valid, and assume that they will never be superseded. Five such laws might be:
1. Every action must have an opposite and equal reaction.
2. Every particle in the universe attracts every other particle with a force proportional to the product of the masses and inversely as the square of the distance.
3. Energy, mass and momentum are conserved.
4. No material body can have a speed as great as c, the speed of light in free space.
5. The maximum energy, E, which can be obtained from a body at rest is E=mc2, where m is the rest mass of the body.
Laws numbered 1 and 3 seem fairly safe, but let us hesitate and take another look. Actually, law number 3 is only valid (now) from a relativistic viewpoint; and for that matter so are laws 4 and 5. But relativity completely revised these physical concepts after 1915, before then Newtonian mechanics were supreme. We should also note that general relativity has not yet been verified. Thus we have the peculiar situation of five laws which appear to deny the possibility of intelligent alien control of UFO's, yet three of the laws are recent in concept and may not even be valid. Also, law number 2 has not yet been tested under conditions of large relative speeds or accelerations. We should not deny the possibility of alien control of UFO's on the basis of preconceived notions not established as related or relevant to the UFO's. Pages 690-691.
The NEW SCIENTIST article "SEEDS OF LIFE" January 22, 2000, reports, "The building blocks of DNA could have formed in space before the Earth was born, providing a starter kit of genetic material for life to evolve rapidly on Earth, claim astro-chemists in India. Their computer models of chemicals evolving in space may explain why life emerged only 600 million years after the Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago. The model also suggests that comets are packed with the building blocks of life. If true, it backs up the idea that comets seed when they smash into planets. Sandip Chakrabarti and his wife Sonali at the S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Calcutta modeled how chemicals would evolve in an interstellar cloud collapsing under gravity over a million years. The model began with a typical cloud 7 light years across, containing a dozen elements including hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. The computer worked out the variations and at the end of the simulation, the cloud was littered with adenine predicting Earth would have been showered with millions of tons of the DNA. "DNA produced in the collapsing cloud could have contaminated the Earth," the Chakrabartis will report in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. "There should be many such planets in each galaxy where DNA-based life should flourish." (But the idea remains controversial since it shoots holes in the Theory of Evolution, that life started by accident on Earth.)
Tom Millar of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, database of chemical reactions formed the basis of the new work. British researchers who suggested in 1977, that the ingredients of life originated in space and were dispersed by comets are delighted by the Indian findings. "It's yet another indication that the chemical feedstock of life could be produced throughout the Universe, and nothing on Earth would reproduce that grandeur of scale," says Chandra Wickramasinghe of the University of Wales at Cardiff, who suggested the idea along with his colleague Fred Hoyle. Thanks to: "Mark A. LeCuyer" <
Colin Jordan writes concerning your FF-#4, Dr. Francis Crick won the Nobel Prize for helping to discover 'the structure of DNA,' the master molecule of life. He now believes that the 'origin of life' was from space. I was doing some reading recently and came across some surprising statements from Dr. Crick, made more remarkable still given his professional achievements. I think there is a prejudice among scientists regarding current evolutionary theories. Many of them have spent their careers considering the theory to be scientific fact and are loath to let that go. Their need to cling to that theory at all costs smacks more of faith than science. Besides the evidence that there was but a single genetic code, there is also the issue of so-called "simple" cell complexity. Crick wanted to determine the probability that even a single molecule of DNA could come into existence by chance. The probability for transition from inanimate to animate would be ten to the 40,000 th power. Mathematically speaking, anything above ten to the 50th power is considered statistically impossible, because the sum total of all the electrons in the universe is only ten to the fifty-second power. Apparently the average biological scientist is more concerned with not being wrong rather than discovering what is true. (Colin Jordan)
Red Setter writes, "People today are very poor at real thinking: whether in astronomy, evolution, physics, UFOs, etc. We are no more correct than in Galileo's day, yet many scientists tell me that "we know so much that we can't be wrong!" And friends can't believe there is any real UFO phenomenon, or else "the press would have reported it!" So don't worry if they criticize you, because their brains are programmed by intensive indoctrination. See the new book "Galileo's Daughter" by Dava Sobel. "It claims it was academics that persecuted Galileo, not the Church." Thanks to Red Setter.


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