Please, Kill the Code!
As of this writing, 12/20/19, the Sagan Signal has survived two extended investigations. The first, a theological study conducted in 2007 at Western Seminary by professional Bible scholars, the second, a secular science-based analysis performed in 2018 by the Center for Inquiry.
Though the philosophies and perspectives of the two teams of skeptics couldn’t have been more different, the similarities of their results and post-investigative activities are remarkable. Both lasted for almost a year, and both arrived at the same conclusion: The Sagan Signal is real. Most troubling however, and in clear violation of academic norms and protocols, neither team issued a public statement upon completion of their respective investigations, and, in both instances, details of their research were, and still are, being kept confidential.
I assure you, I’m not some wild-eyed provocateur trying to stir up trouble and controversy for personal pleasure or gain. I just want to know the truth: Are the sequences a code – or not? And if they are a code, was it encrypted by aliens – or not? Identification and attribution.
Before starting a public vetting process over a decade ago, I consulted with people of wisdom, who, after seeing that my claim was evidence based, all told me the same thing: Get the data tested by the best and brightest people possible, skeptical individuals who harbor no inclination to agree with you. I followed their advice, the investigations were conducted, and, after the Bible scholars and secular skeptics were finished, they both agree: The Sagan Signal is an alien bible code.
Then the door slammed shut. Those who tested the data and confirmed my claim refused to make any announcements, share any research, or even to take ownership of their respective investigations.
So, where are we? The Sagan Signal is now in two mainstream pipelines, the religious and the secular, and in both pipelines it is stuck, not moving forward. What typically happens when discovery claims are advanced and provisionally confirmed is that announcements are made and the research released so that other scholars and skeptics can try to replicate their efforts, and either consent to what has been accomplished or propose alternative solutions. This is how science is supposed to work.
The Challenge to Skeptics has been created to break the gridlock. Over the next year, thousands of skeptics, both religious and secular, will be contacted. They will be informed of the progress made to date and encouraged to engage the data, hopefully with full transparency, and attempt to accomplish what Western Seminary and the Center for Inquiry failed to do – debunk the Sagan Signal. $5,000 will be awarded to whoever manages to debunk my code claim. The goal is to establish a higher level of certainty than currently exists that the Sagan Signal is a code, and that it was encrypted by extraterrestrials.
Besides the two major investigations mentioned above, there have been two lesser studies, also conducted at the academic level. This means that the Sagan Signal has been tested four times from four different perspectives, and four times the results have been conclusive: The code is real, and, though it was recorded by humans, there is unanimous agreement that it was not conceived by humans.
Though I prefer to work with professionals, you don’t need to be a code scientist or academic to participate. I recognize the significant contributions that citizen scientists are making all the time. I encourage laypeople, whether they be religious or secular, to get involved, not with anecdotal opinions, but with serious research. If the Sagan Signal can be debunked, it would come as no surprise if it was a layperson who found out how to do it.
All original and credible studies received, whether they falsify or confirm, will be posted on this site. As the world becomes more aware of the Sagan Signal, the first person to debunk my claim will not only receive the $5,000 award, it is certain that they will earn high praise and recognition for succeeding where many of the top skeptics in the world have failed.
Okay, so you’re a skeptic, and you are going to “Kill the Code.” How are you going to do it? In the CFI investigation, eight different strategies were implemented, and all eight of them came up short. Can you think of a new approach? Did the CFI investigators overlook something? You can send your research to my email address by using the about and contact page.
Thank you for your interest and participation in this possibly historic experiment.