The Center For Inquiry
The SETI Institute
"there is then a possibility that contact with an extraterrestrial civilization has occurred in historical times."
Carl Sagan, Direct Contact
Carl Sagan and the Sagan Signal
Based on the absence of any credible challengers, there is now a consensus within the global skeptic community that the Newton Bible Code is real. With this stunning development, it’s time to change the name of the code to something more current, that more accurately conveys what it is: an extraterrestrial signal.
Since Carl Sagan, the greatest ET hunter of all time, created the scientific platform that led to its discovery, I am now calling it the Sagan Signal.
Why Carl Sagan?
Had SETI intercepted an electromagnetic signal from space, many, including myself, would have voted to name it the Drake Signal, after Frank Drake, who was the first to implement a plan conceived by Cornell University physicists Philip Morrison, and Giuseppe Cocconi, to use radio telescopes to listen in on the Universe for extraterrestrial transmissions. Just as Frank would have deserved that honor, Carl deserves the honor of having the Newton Bible Code named after him.
It’s because of Carl’s willingness to think out-of-the-box, and his daring to defy popular consensus, even at the risk of having his professional reputation as a space scientist besmirched, that I am honored to retitle the Newton Bible Code: the Sagan Signal.
Frank Drake and Carl Sagan: two brilliant men, two friends and colleagues, who became competitors. Drake favored a radio telescopic search for an alien signal. Sagan, confident that aliens are interstellar, argued for an Earth-centric strategy.
Sixty years after the original SETI was launched, no alien radio signal has been detected, but a putative alien signal in the Bible has been identified, tested, and scientifically confirmed by the world’s leading skeptics. The Sagan Signal is now ready for a final and determinative investigation by The SETI Institute.
After multiple investigations, capped by a three year-long study by the Center for Inquiry, all of which confirmed my claimed discovery of an alien code in the Old Testament, no more preliminary analyses are needed. With high confidence of a favorable outcome, on December 20, 2020, I will forward the Sagan Signal and all related research to the SETI Institute of Mountain View, California, for a full, fair, and, hopefully, transparent investigation.
If the SETI Institute confirms that the Sagan Signal is real, it will cement Carl’s place in history as the man who laid the theoretical foundation for its discovery. Along with his many other achievements, this would forever insure Carl’s legacy as one of the great scientists of the Twentieth Century.
If the Sagan Signal is falsified, it will be business as usual and the world will little note nor long remember. But if it is confirmed, every human on Earth will be forced to adjust to a new post-contact reality. For some it will be a welcomed transition, for others, there will be pain involved. Science, always cold and objective, will say three words: “Get over it,” the same three words that I’ll need to deal with should the SETI Institute somehow manage to reverse the unanimous conclusion of skeptics who participated in previous investigations.
Assuming the Sagan Signal is confirmed, SETI will need to transition into post-contact mode. While a great deal of thought has been put into what that might look like, those scenarios were based on aliens being “out there,” not “down here.” To adjust to the new reality that ETI has been to Earth, a significant recalibration will be necessary. It won’t be easy.
While science and government struggle to adapt, the real crisis is likely to play out in religion. To a third of the world, the Bible is divinely inspired, to another third, it’s a book written by infidels, to the last third, it’s a mish-mash of scattered and disjointed writings, much of it borrowed from earlier civilizations, that’s riddled with errors and contradictions.
What could possibly go wrong?
Time Running Out
The first generation of SETI explorers are getting old, and, after sixty fruitless years trying to answer the question: Are we alone?, they are getting more and more desperate.
The harsh reality these SETI pioneers face is that the Drake Model of listening in on the universe for extraterrestrial radio signals hasn’t paid off.
This is not to say that it won’t happen. Who knows, maybe tomorrow SETI will get a call from ET – or maybe not.
But while the wait goes on, something remarkable has been happening. Across the board, first generation ET explorers, once exclusively committed to radio telescopes, have expanded the range of possible ways that ET might get in touch with us. Today, as long as it’s supported by direct evidence, nothing is ruled out of bounds or off the table.
I suspect, no, I’m certain, that if ET tattooed a micro-signal on a gnat’s ass, and the evidence was plausible and verifiable, aging ET hunters would be all over it.
Which brings us to a stunning new reality. There is now an alien signal candidate on the table that is based, not on the Drake Model, with its ears to the sky, but on the Sagan Model, with its eyes on terra firma. It’s the Sagan Signal.
The Sagan Signal has been vetted to the extreme, and, after all possibilities were considered, the only explanation that remains is the one I claim: It is an authentic extraterrestrial artifact.
The Sagan Model is based on three fundamental assumptions:
ET’s are interstellar.
ET’s are long-lived.
Let’s look at these three assumptions one-by-one:
ET’s exist. There is a near unanimous consensus throughout the scientific community at large that there are other intelligent species, other civilizations, in our Milky Way Galaxy.
ET’s are interstellar. Humans, not even five centuries into the age of science and technology, are, at most, only two or three centuries away from going interstellar. If our young species can embark on star travel that quickly, there surely must be extraterrestrials who have been traversing the cosmos for thousands, millions, perhaps even billions of years.
ET’s are long-lived. Life extension technologies have been effective in dramatically increasing human lifespans, but will we ever be able to achieve immortality? A lot of smart and very rich people think it’s possible. There is active research going on that is promising, which suggests that advanced ET’s, with interstellar flight capabilities, might be long-lived enough to explore and colonize the entire galaxy. Time would not be an issue.
The primary model that SETI is built on, that is space orientated, was crafted in large part by Frank Drake, author of the famous Drake Equation. Frank is still alive and still works part-time at the SETI Institute. As the author of a model that is in competition with the Sagan Model, it would be instructive to know Frank’s position on these three assumptions.
Assumption 1: Based on the values he has assigned to the various factors in his equation, Frank speculates that there may be as many as 10,000 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy. Now that we’ve discovered that most stars have planets and that there may be a trillion planets in our galaxy, his estimation doesn’t seem as far-fetched as some once thought.
Assumption 2: In a conversation between Frank Drake and senior SETI astronomer Seth Shostak, Seth writes:
“The Drake equation, despite our inability to nail down many of its factors, remains as much an organizational structure for thinking about intelligent life in the universe as it did in 1961. Many people have written Drake to suggest modifications to his famous formulation. (One item that comes to mind is the absence of any consideration of interstellar colonization. The equation assumes every technological society stays put.) But Drake has not seen the need to change anything.
‘The equation has stood the test of time,’ he says. ‘I do get suggestions for additional terms, but so far all such factors can be subsumed into the original formulation.’” Confessions of an Alien Hunter.
Frank Drake is right, his equation allows for interstellar spaceflight and colonization, an idea he calls “intriguing.” It’s in Fc, the number of alien civilizations that develop technology, and in L, the average lifetime of such societies, that Frank values at 10,000 years.
Humans, less than 500 years into the Age of Science, are already working on interstellar technology. This strongly suggests, according to Drake, that most alien civilizations that achieve beginning technology will, in a modest amount of time, become interstellar.
This is the same argument that Carl Sagan makes in his Direct Contact paper. Once intelligence attains basic technology, one can extrapolate the figures and predict with a high measure of confidence that star travel will not be far off.
Assumption 3: On alien immortality, Drake writes:
“I suspect that immortality may be quite common among extraterrestrials.” Is Anyone Out There?
So, there you have it. Frank Drake, the author of the space-orientated Drake Model, openly recognizes the scientific plausibility of the Earth-based Sagan Model. In fact, I don’t think there is any SETI scientist today that completely rules out the possibility that Earth is a visited planet.
All that remains is to find what Carl Sagan called “ironclad evidence” that ET has been here, the same quality of evidence, by the way, that SETI radio astronomers are hoping to intercept from space.
Ironclad evidence – isn’t that what every advocate of every scientific speculation and assumption ever uttered looks for?
Here’s the ringer: the ironclad evidence that proves the Sagan Model has been found!
It’s the Sagan Signal.
Like dandelions, ET contact claims seem to pop up overnight out of thin air, with little to no thought given to vetting the evidence before going public with the claim.
The Sagan Signal is on the opposite side of the spectrum. It’s vetting began over forty years ago. I proceeded slowly, quietly, and deliberately, taking advantage of every opportunity for critical and independent analysis by competent skeptics.
Throughout the process, my governing principle has always been that my claim that 46 symmetrical sequences in the Old Testament are an ET encrypted code must be wrong, and that someone, somehow, would prove me wrong.
It never happened.
Beyond a wide range of individuals from the general public, the vetting included bible scholars, mathematicians, literary experts, cryptologists, professional skeptics, ancient alien theorists, statistical probability experts, and SETI scientists. I listened carefully to anyone who had an opinion or who wanted to share an observation. No one was ever denied an opportunity to weigh in.
Throughout this rough and tumble process, there was one constant – my claim kept getting stronger. There was never a dent in the fender or a chink in the armor, no soft underbelly of vulnerability exposed.
In early 2018, when the prestigious Center for Inquiry accepted my claim for investigation, I finally reached the top of the skeptic mountain. CFI inquiries are so meticulous and conclusive that I was warned ahead of time to emotionally prepare myself for the inevitable debunking. In my presence, the CFI investigative team would set up a test that would indisputably falsify my claim. The whole thing would be videotaped and downloaded onto the CFI website, where the entire world could witness my profound embarrassment and shame. The video would then be archived in perpetuity as a tutorial for future generations of skeptics on how to go about debunking a sensational claim, and a warning to those who dare traffic in pseudoscience to be ready to get debunked.
But something happened that was totally unexpected. As the investigation got underway, it began to dawn on the CFI team that this was not business as usual. The debunking party was cancelled. There was no video, no public display, no web download, no announcement, no press release, no dissemination of research, and no admission of failure. Except for some fortuitous emails sent to me by the CFI investigative team sharing research details, there was just eerie silence.
For the first time in its illustrious history, the Center for Inquiry launched an investigation into an extraordinary claim that it couldn’t debunk. The claim was clear, the evidence was replicable and testable, and the results indisputable.
CFI staff and leadership were clearly caught off-guard by this unexpected development. They scrambled, trying to buy time to come up with some way not to have to admit defeat. Nothing worked.
Everyone understood the implications. The Center for Inquiry is widely recognized throughout mainstream science and academia as a professionally adept agency that generates solid investigative research. Any investigation the CFI launches carries with it the stamp of authority. CFI’s failure to debunk the Sagan Signal can only be interpreted one way: human Contact with ET has been established!
Wanted: The World’s Greatest Skeptic!
Do you think you can debunk the Sagan Signal? If you do, and, more important, if you can, you will be universally acclaimed as the greatest skeptic on Earth. Your future as a much sought after skeptic will be insured. You will be praised in print and on-line. Your opinions on any subject you wish to opine on will be valued. You can write books and be invited to speak at national and international conferences. You will become rich and famous.
Right now, as you read these words, there are people hoping to win my $5,000 Challenge To Skeptics, but, to date, no one has contacted me with an explanation that falsifies my claim.
In the future, I hope to substantially increase the prize money to encourage more critical analysis. In my bid to have the SETI Institute investigate the Sagan Signal, skeptics are my friends and skepticism is my ally. The loudest voice in the room is when skeptics go silent. Throughout the global skeptic community, you can hear a pin drop.
SETI, are you listening?
When my book, The Sagan Conspiracy, was released in November, 2016, you could hear jaws drop around the world as ancient alien skeptics learned that the greatest of ancient alien debunkers, Carl Sagan, was himself an ardent believer that Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials.
Ancient alien advocates of the von Daniken school were equally stunned. They couldn’t believe that Carl Sagan, the man who for decades was their number one nemesis, was personally convinced that Earth is a visited planet. But the evidence, a NASA funded, pro-ancient alien paper written by Carl that was peer reviewed and published in a leading scientific journal, couldn’t be denied. To review the full text of Carl’s historic paper, press the “Direct Contact” tab on the left.
My recovery of Sagan’s long-lost paper was a game-changing event. At that instant, there was not one, but two models of ancient alienism, one crafted by a looney high school teacher trying to make a fast buck, the other by one of the founding fathers of modern skepticism, and an internationally famous NASA astronomer.
The Secret Science of Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan believed in ancient aliens, not because he was some starry-eyed romantic or because he harbored sci-fi fantasies. He was a tough, hard-nosed scientist.
He based his belief in ancient aliens on two famous calculations: Fermi’s paradox and the Drake equation.
Enrico Fermi stated that if there are extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy, they should be here, so, where are they? Not seeing them, he concluded that they don’t exist.
Frank Drake drew up a string of variables that became the famous Drake Equation. His interpretation of the data led him to conclude that while there are likely many alien civilizations in our galaxy, ET’s are too far away to ever reach Earth.
Carl Sagan synthesized the two equations and came down on the side of Fermi. He was convinced that extraterrestrials exist, that they have visited Earth, and that it was just a matter of finding direct evidence that they were here, evidence that can stand up to scientific scrutiny.
That evidence has been found, tested, and confirmed.
It’s the Sagan Signal.