by Steven M. Greer, M.D.
The evidence that at
least one extraterrestrial civilization has visited Earth is
extensive both in scope and detail. In its totality it comprises a
body of evidence which at the very least supports the general
assessment that extraterrestrial life has been detected, and that a
vigorous program of research and serious diplomatic initiatives is
Consider the following
overview of facts:
There are numerous
daytime and night time photographs and videotapes of clearly
non-human spacecraft from all over the world; these films and
videotapes have been evaluated and deemed authentic by competent
experts in optical physics and related fields.
There are more than
3500 military and commercial aircraft pilot reports of
encounters worldwide; many cases have corroborating radar
documentation and multiple witnesses both on the ground and in
There are more than
4000 landing trace cases from around the world.
There are hundreds
of electromagnetic cases where spacecraft have been observed by
police, military personnel and civilians to affect car engines,
radios and other electric devices.
There are more than
100 first- and second-hand witnesses to the retrieval of an
extraterrestrial spacecraft and at least four extraterrestrial
bodies from a crash which occurred in July, 1947, 75 miles
northwest of Roswell, New Mexico; written and videotaped
testimony from several first-hand witnesses who are respected
military officers have been obtained.
There are hundreds
of credible reports, many with multiple witnesses, of humanoids
in association with landed spacecraft.
There are several
multiple-witnessed events where humans have been taken on board
for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has in the past
18 month succeeded in intentionally establishing contact with
extraterrestrial spacecraft, on two occasions at very close
range, and with multiple witnesses present.
Various polls have
indicated that approximately 10% of Americans (25 million
people) have seen them at close range so that details of the
structure of the object can be discerned.
Government documents exist which indicate that these objects are
real and have been involved with observing Earth for several
It is an understatement
to say that the time has arrived for a serious and open
international dialogue regarding the possibility of future
interplanetary relations. In no other area of human experience has
so much evidence existed for so long, and yet been attended by such
a paucity of serious research and analysis - at least in the
civilian domain. I was once asked at a conference what was the most
astounding aspect of this subject, and I replied that, while the
subject matter itself is extraordinary, it is the absence of a
serious human response to it that is most extraordinary.
Indeed, the true barriers to the furtherance of his field of study
are neither scientific nor evidential, rather they are political,
psychological, social, spiritual, and paradigmatic. Admittedly, it
takes real courage for a person, otherwise respected on his or her
profession and community, to stand up and speak the truth about a
subject which has been the stuff of sensational tabloid claims,
crackpots, an the cottage Industry in the UFO subculture.
The social stigma and
aprobrium associated with this subject is a formidable barrier to
the serious treatment it deserves, an yet if only a 10% probability
exists that we have detected extraterrestrial life which is already
visiting Earth - this being one of the most profound discoveries in
human history - we must find the inner fortitude to go forward.
To the sincere person who remains skeptical, consider this: Absolute
proof is not needed before serious research begins on the subject.
In no other field of human endeavor is proof required before serious
study and research begins; on the contrary, proof is the result of
this research. In this regard, the subject of extraterrestrial
studies is being held to an irrational requirement of proof before
serious research can begin, on the one hand, and denounced as an
area of spurious interest because no proof exists, on the other!
This, then, is not a function of scientific reason or evidence, but
is the result of a political, social and psychological reaction to a
subject which causes most serious scientist to blush. Our collective
temerity is driven in part by fear of the unknown, in part by fear
of ridicule, and in part by faint-heartedness. The evidence,
however, is so profound, the implications so vast, and the
consequences of doing nothing so dire that we have reached the point
where we must find the fortitude to respond to this subject in a
mature and responsible way.
To any impartial observer, the evidence which exists certainly
supports a greater than 10% probability that we are being visited by
advanced extraterrestrial civilizations. Indeed, to most people who
have seen the data in its entirety, the probability is in excess of
90%. Having spoken to several government officials who have held Top
Secret clearances on this subject, and who have confirmed to me that
the US Government has in its possession several objects and bodies
of extraterrestrial origin, my own personal assessment approaches
Beyond this, I have
personally been present when these spacecraft have approached the
CSETI research teams within a few hundred feet, and have then
signaled repeatedly to us. Frankly, there is very little doubt in my
mind that we are dealing with at least one extraterrestrial
civilization, and that they are non-hostile.
However, for argument sake, let us state that all of the evidence
available to us in the civilian domain constitutes only a 10%
probability of contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. Does this
not constitute adequate evidence to initiate a serious scientific
and diplomatic mission? Certainly in medicine a 10% probability of
finding a cure for cancer would warrant an all out effort in the
cancer research community. For it is generally true that when the
stakes are very high, the probability of success need not be, prior
to initiating a research project. Without question, the stakes are
so high in this area that even a 10% probability is adequate to
mount one of the most extensive worldwide research initiatives in
This question, however, is not limited to the realm of science
alone, for as soon as one makes the assessment, however tentative,
that we are being visited by advanced extraterrestrial life forms,
the larger question of interplanetary (and inter-species) relations
becomes preeminent. This is, then the ultimate diplomatic challenge.
And to find our common ground with intelligent life forms which are
not even human may prove to be the most extraordinary task humanity
has ever faced.
For witness how difficult it has been for humanity to come together
is peace among the diverse peoples of the world. Notwithstanding the
fact that we are all human, living on the one homeland called Earth,
yet wars, prejudices and enmity have repeatedly submerged the world
into chaos and destruction. As the world moves, in fits and starts,
towards a true world civilization, and the people of the world
increasingly realize their essential unity as humans, the potential
for increasingly open contact between humans and other intelligent
life-forms is likely to increase exponentially.
However, before we can entertain this concept, we must first ask
ourselves some basic questions:
developments must occur before full open contact can take
communication occur, and what should be communicated?
Prior to full,
open contact, what form of contact and communication is
possible, in a pioneering or preliminary framework?
important, what are the fundamental points of unity between
humans And other intelligent life forms in the universe?
What is our
universal common group?
Regarding this last
question, we can not assume that extraterrestrial life forms who are
thinking, sentient beings, and who by definition have evolved under
conditions different from those on Earth, are likely to be much like
humans, at least superficially. Their level of intelligence, fund of
knowledge, emotional nature, social and political structures,
ethical, moral and religious systems and more are likely to quiet
different from that of humans. We must therefore find a deeper point
of unity, what I call our highest common denominator.
This consideration, however abstract it may seem to some, is really
central to establish a sense of common ground between intelligent
species. And without common ground, we can have no relationship.
I hold that this common ground is so obvious, and yet hidden, so
near, and yet so overlooked, that it is easily missed altogether. It
is at once simple and profound, proximal and yet hard to grasp. It
is really the universal constant found in every intelligent life
form: It is conscious intelligence.
Pure awakeness or conscious intelligence is what every conscious,
sentient being in the universe is, in its essential nature. The
universal or non-anthropocentric aspect of human consciousness is
the highest common denominator on which a sustainable relationship
between diverse life forms can be based. As humans, we are
conscious, awake; other higher life forms are conscious and awake.
We may share very little else in common, but this universal constant
is shared, by definition, by all intelligent, conscious beings,
whether human or extraterrestrial.
Consciousness, or universal conscious intelligence, then, is the
first cornerstone of the foundation of interplanetary unity.
Having realized the essential oneness which all intelligent higher
life forms share, we are then faced with the practical challenge of
formulating an approach to interplanetary and inter-species
relations which is peaceful, sustainable and mutually beneficial.
Here are a few of the principles which appear to be essential to the
successful, sustained engagement of extraterrestrial civilizations:
Any successful approach will incorporate a global perspective, and
not one driven by nationalistic or strictly national security
imperatives. The motive behind any attempt at contact and
communication should clearly be globally based, and any benefits
resulting from contact must benefit all the peoples of the world,
and not just one nation or culture. The evolution of the world into
a true global civilization will certainly facilitate this type of
This entire matter,
then, should be the focus of the international community. One of the
hallmarks of the maturation of the human race is the attainment of a
true world civilization and the establishing of a just and
representative world government, which should be empowered or
respond to the challenge of interplanetary relations. Until such a
body is effectively functioning, any group attempting such a contact
should be operating within this global perspective.
The motivation of such contact and relations should be based in the
principle of mutual benefit, and be free of exploitative motives and
unilateral acquisition-oriented goals. Until a permanent world peace
and order can be achieved on Earth, the acquisition of
extraterrestrial technology, which most likely would be used for
unilateral military application, should be avoided.
While the precise motives for current extraterrestrial involvement
with this planet may not be fully known, there is no evidence that
they are motivated by any net hostile intentions. Until proven
otherwise, therefore, it should be assumed that any such visitors
are non-hostile and approachable. It is critical that humans avoid
making anthropocentric assumptions regarding extraterrestrial
motives, since it is likely that their ethical, moral, social and
political concepts vary from those of many Earth-based cultures.
Recognizing the human tendency towards xenophobia, prejudice and
fear of the unknown, we must evaluate extraterrestrial motives
cautiously, and, to the extent possible, from an interplanetary
The attainment of a healthy and appropriate collective self-esteem
for humans is essential for an appropriate relationship to evolve
between humans and any other extraterrestrial species. Individuals
and organizations involved with interplanetary contact should avoid
the common tendency to swing between viewing advanced technological
beings as intrinsically superior or inferior. It is more sustainable
to view such variations as simply differences which are the product
of diverse evolutionary paths, and that on the level of conscious
intelligence, all sentient beings are essentially equal. Here,
equality does not require sameness.
It should be realized that until the world achieves the level of
maturity described above, that any direct contact and relationship
which develops may be limited, preliminary, and be nature
pioneering. Given recent CSETI successes in this regard, we can make
the initial assessment that such contact is likely, and will
progress as the world becomes increasingly a genuine global
The knowledge of any contact and evolving relationship should be
shared with all the people of the world to the fullest extent
possible, and in a timely fashion. Secret or covert contact should
be viewed as intrinsically dysfunctional and should be avoided to
the fullest extent possible.
A multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural approach to any contact,
relationship, or exchange should be used. Communication itself may
proceed verbally, electronically, symbolically/archetypically or
A very broad view must be maintained in evaluating the
manifestations of an advanced extraterrestrial civilization, since
their technological development may be thousand to hundreds of
thousands and conceivably millions of years more advanced than Earth
is. The manifestations of such an advanced technology may appear
magical to humans, even as a hologram, TV, or laser would appear
magical to people of the 17th century. The tendency to pronounce
such manifestations as supernatural or magical should be avoided.
Are we alone in the universe, and have other intelligent life forms
found their way to our small part of the galaxy? The best available
evidence suggests that, no, we are not alone, and yes, they have
already found us. The real question is this point may be what are we
going to do about it? We must come together to search for answers to
this and even more difficult questions, for nothing less than the
future of planet Earth may hang in the balance.
If we are wrong, and all
of the existing evidence points to some other phenomenon, then the
attempt to contact whatever that phenomenon is may prove extremely
enlightening. But if we are correct in our assessment, and we are
being visited by advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, then the
risks of doing nothing are immense, and the benefits of acting
wisely will change the world we know it.
In either case, the time has come to act.