If you’ve found your way here, it’s cause you are interested more than most in the debate; so here is a few thoughts on history.
Schools teach according to their creation of value added to society. Free speech isn’t restricted to that. I enjoy the critical thinking side-effect: To rigorously uncover right and wrong in the language of the universe, and question one’s most cherished strongholds for the chance at greater knowledge. Anyone who wants to embark on that journey get’s to participate.
It’s good to banter with cosmologists. They have had a pretty hectic journey themselves, experiencing discovery after discovery having no basis to explain with the popular science of the time. They are also the source of expertise in the map of the galaxies. On the other hand, I can appreciate just jabs they deserve for running off like that with no direction. Alien technology is very intimidating; and not knowing what it is has been hard on everybody, especially the people who witness it.
Worse, when people do make strides in figuring out universal sciences, they must also pass a test of trust. The question becomes, “can I encourage my children to look up to the people who make the strides?” In many cases, the answer is no.
Two groups of thought were formed when stewards were approached with this question. The first is the school to provide false theories in the interim before a completed discovery. This is important because of the amplification of helplessness in the face of increasing alien activity. Fortunately, we are past that hurdle–enough to approach the math soundly as one.
The other group was formed as a splinter of the first to exact the elusive science from the experimental and observational end; and to profit as well off of advancements that approached that final solution, while withholding all of the reason behind new discoveries. In some ways, they helped advance science generations ahead of where it would have been, without endless streams of research and development money, telescope time, and anything else they could ask for. In most ways, they are the stewards of the select technologies needed for the future–namely spectrum analyzers, scopes, and stores of the most powerful magnets.
But as a rule of thumb, both groups together needed to be the first in order to maintain power and ensure any attack using technological tricks could be anticipated using better technology. What they didn’t count on early on, was that total power makes way for power sharing; and how that power is to be distributed–no longer holding it back, but through democracy. That realization activated “political clowning,” a method of testing power and limelights on those with the scientific prowess. The thinking is, if having the technology brings power, then test power on those who approach that technology. As a gesture of family bonding, also they give power and voice to those closest to those who approach the technology. It makes it so a scientist must have his networks on board to invoke any positive change.
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