March 7, 2021

Will we need to replace the term Alien with Indigenous?

Indigenous Alien Art

On August 23rd 2018, The New York Times published an article announcing the discovery of a never seen before tribe of indigenous people living in the Javary River valley, near Brazil’s border with Peru.

Discoveries such as these show up from time to time in the news cycle and remind us that although it feels like we, as a species, populate a large part of the planet, there are still surprises to be found. There are still collections of people scattered across the globe that have managed to elude modern development, continuing to live as they have for hundreds if not thousands of years.

An aerial view of a thatched hut in Vale do Javari, Amazonas state, Brazil.
An aerial view of a thatched hut in Vale do Javari, Amazonas state, Brazil.Credit…FUNAI, via Associated Press

As modern technology advances, it gives us new ways to explore our planet and see it from new vantage points with a clarity and resolution that only a decade ago would have seemed impossible for all but the most sophisticated and expensive systems in the world.

Earthquakes as sonar.

Barbara Romanowicz and her team at the University of California, Berkeley are finding new ways to scan the interior of the planet by using seismic (earthquake) waves in much the same way a doctor uses ultrasound to peek around inside the human body.

This new technique has provided some rather shocking if not fascinating insights into the structure of the Earth’s mantle which appears to be layered much like an onion (or parfait if you are a Shrek fan). There seem to be major transitions around the 250 mile mark, another at 410 miles deep with yet another discovered at approximately 600 miles.

One of he most fascinating insights provided from the use of this new technique is the discovery of ‘A tremendous interior mountain range, with peaks perhaps even taller than Mount Everest (29,032ft)’. That is a profoundly shocking discovery for those of us that considered the world much like Carl Sagan – a giant rock with a molten core.

We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a humdrum star.

Carl Sagan, 1996

Even more interesting is the fact that papers as far back as 1990 (T. Gold, “The deep, hot biosphere,” PNAS, 89:6045–49, 1992.) have been controversial in suggesting that deep biomass could account for as much as 50% of the Earth’s total biomass, though estimates have now been adjusted as low as 15%.

While the field of deep biomass study is still just scraping the surface of what we know about the interior of our planet, it seems that most people involved in the research agree that it is all but guaranteed that there is some kind of life deep below our feet.

The Hollow Earth Conspiracy

Flat Earth, hollow Earth, spaceship Earth, there’s no shortage of ‘creative’ stories and ideas about our planet, some of them very popular among certain groups of people.

I won’t go too deep into Hollow Earth theory as I am sure you can work out the basics from the name alone. It has been a controversial yet popular idea with all manner of scientists, scholars and writers, most notably brought to public discussion by Astronomer and Geophysicist Edmond Halley in the 17th century.

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Edmond Halley

The theory has been supported and then struck down many times over the last few centuries by many, but it also has it’s roots in many major ancient cultures, spiritual teachings and folklore that go back thousands of years.

Hollow Earth references span the globe appearing most commonly as The Underworld from Mesopotamian tales and the Poem of Gilgamesh to bizarre almost cult-like groups such as the Koreshan Universalogy, where they are put forth in the many writings of Cyrus Teed and his followers. While many of these writings claim all manner of things about the characteristics of a world beneath our feet, they seem impossible to verify and yet still continue to grab our imagination to this day.

With the recent discoveries by teams such as the one lead by Barbara Romanowicz, we are now left wondering what is indeed ‘down there’.

Aliens are from outer space, I saw it on the Internet.

If you’re reading this article then I am sure you are familiar with the widely accepted idea that the public fascination with UFOs became global with the events of the alleged Roswell UFO incident in July 1947, New Mexico. Ever since then the UFO and Alien idea has become a behemoth in pop-culture inspiring books, movies, TV shows, news stories and a mountain of merchandise and conference ticket sales for over 70 years.

While the shapes, sizes, races and ships surrounding the popular stories of aliens seem to go on into infinity, there’s a theme that seems to stay almost rock solid in nearly all depictions, that aliens are from outer space.

If space aliens are out there, why haven't we found them?

Whether it’s friendly little helpers like Steven Spielberg’s adorable E.T or world destroying, people farming monsters from H.G.Wells’ classic ‘War of the Worlds’ it seems the public as a whole is stuck on the idea that Aliens fly here in spaceships from other planets and galaxies. Ask any kid on the street where aliens come from and they will most likely point to the skies and tell you “Outer Space!”

But what if it’s more complicated than that?

The Grey. Without a doubt, the most popular depiction of an ‘alien’ is the classic Grey which has been reproduced in countless forms over the years. Described in thousands of contact cases, the Grey is generally embraced around the world as the poster child for our popular vision of what an alien looks like.

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Screenshots from the controversial ‘Skinny Bob’ Grey Alien video

It’s an image we have seen over and over again, a slender body with a large head, tallow smooth skin, no sign of body hair, tiny slit-like mouth, tiny or no ears and of course those giant almond shape eyes. Again, if we asked that kid on the street to draw an alien, there is a good chance it will look the ‘Classic Grey’.

Now I’m sure you have already realized where I’m going with this, so let’s dive in and do our own little piece of creative writing about ‘aliens’.

My turn to get creative and crack out the ‘what-ifs’

Whether people are believers in pure evolution, creationism or some blend of the two, we can all agree that nature has an amazing ability to design organisms that are perfectly suited to survive in specific environments. The sheer spectrum of life across our planet comes in a dizzying array of shapes and sizes with specialties and mechanisms that continue to leave us in awe and wonder as we study them.

The Star Nosed Mole

One major factor that seems to play a huge roll in the physiology of living organisms is the availability of light. For those with easy access to it, it’s a source of energy, warmth and even food, light it seems is one of the key pillars to biological life on this planet. And yet, there is also no shortage of life that has very little need for light, from nocturnal land animals, to incredible organisms that live in the darkest depths of our oceans, they seem to get along just fine without it, even using the darkness to their advantage.

When it comes to species that live in extremely low light conditions, they seem to go in one of two directions. Either give up on light altogether and not bother with eyes, like the Star Nosed Mole, others like the Philippine Tarsier go all out having the largest eyes they can muster to capture extremely low light from their environment.

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The Philippine Tarsier

Now it may seem like a leap (hey we are talking aliens here) but why would the classic Grey Alien have such massive eyes if they weren’t for the specific purpose of capturing as much light as possible? Mother nature has already shown us that she doesn’t design widgets that serve no purpose. Is this a clue that this species has in fact evolved to survive in places with little-to-no light?

Telepathy is another feature commonly described by witnesses who state that they have had contact experiences with aliens. When we look at some of the other physical traits described, we see that Greys are often depicted as having a tiny slit for a mouth and no ears. Could this also be a cue from their physiology confirming the possibility of a communication mechanism that doesn’t require the use of sound? Could telepathy not only be a far superior form of communication, but one also driven by their environment?

As for skinny bodies and large heads, we can guess that the cranium has grown big enough to support a much larger brain than ours, and assume that results in much greater intelligence. But, as with dolphins, there may be other organs within the skull with special functions. As for the thin small bodies, my only guess would be that they simply don’t need to be as physical as we do on a day-to-day basis, perhaps replacing all manual activity with technology.

Is it possible that there is a highly-advanced civilization of indigenous peoples living in a subterranean world right here on Earth that we have yet to make contact with?

Caves, mountains and oceans.

In the recent paranormal hit series ‘Hellier’ a team of young paranormal researchers go in search of ‘Goblins’ that have been reported for decades as living in and around the entrances of large cave complexes in isolated rural towns of North America. It’s a super fun show that takes you on a spooky journey with a charismatic bunch as they uncover stories of 3ft high goblins with large black eyes, small slits for mouths and slender bodies – sound familiar?

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Art from the TV Series ‘Hellier’

In the UFO community, stories of UFOs spotted coming out of the ocean by members of the Navy and various pilots have been scattered throughout the last few decades, some going back much further. A recent article by Tim McMillan of The Debrief, covered rumors swirling around a supposed photo circulating in the Intelligence Community that shows a triangular shaped craft coming out of the ocean. If true, where are they going down there?

To add further to the terrestrial-focused sightings, there have been many reports and even videos released claiming that UFO have been seen coming out of, and going into volcanos and mountains. There have even been declassified CIA documents found that document descriptions from remote viewers of alien-like creatures inhabiting ‘bases’ within mountains.

When we put together all of these breadcrumbs, are we starting to see a slice of bread, or just a big pile of said crumbs? Of course we have no way of knowing, but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to look at these various pieces of information and ask ourselves, is it possible that there is a highly-advanced civilization of indigenous peoples living in a subterranean world right here on Earth that we have yet to make contact with?

The consequences of such an idea being true are profound. How long have they lived here? Were they here before us? Are they from Earth originally? Did they make us by blending their DNA with apes? Are they a threat?

The list of questions could go on forever. But one of the most important questions of all, have the Governments of the world known about this for years and have they been pushing the outer space narrative for decades to keep us looking in the wrong direction?

In the words of billionaire space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow…

“They are already there, right under our noses.”