"The Suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no in the endeavor of science. We do not know in advance who will discover fundamental insights." Carl Sagan
Despite my best efforts to persuade skeptics over the past fifteen years to be open and transparent in their analyses of the data, their collective behavior has been characterized largely by secrecy and suppression, which suggests that what skeptics hoped to find out about the Sagan Signal does not accord with what they did find. Their goal was to systematically debunk my claimed discovery of an alien Bible code with rigorous and targeted tests, and I have no problem with that. It’s what I asked for, what I wanted.
But when their multi-disciplinary research resulted in an accumulation of evidence that supports my claim, skeptics, across the board, refused to make any public announcement or release details of their research.
So, what’s going on? Why are individuals and organizations famous for being outspoken and on the offense against those who advocate extraordinary claims suddenly clamming up and running for cover? What is there about this particular claim that has skeptics shaking in their boots?
Dr. Louis Hillman, Challenge Coordinator for the Center for Inquiry, let the cat out of the bag when, in personal correspondence, he wrote:
“Mr. Zygutis has established neither that finding a(ny) code is paranormal, nor that any found so-called “message” is itself proof of Jesus being an alien, as he asserts.”
Dr. Hillman’s statement makes two errors. First, I never claimed paranormal ability. My claim was accepted for investigation by the Center for Inquiry based on it being fringe science, not paranormal. Secondly, my claim had nothing to do with any message, much less JC being an ET. It was limited to identification (is it a code?), and, attribution (if it is, who did it?). Though it may have been implied, nowhere in my accepted application did I ever specifically assert that Jesus Christ is an extraterrestrial.
The fact that Dr. Hillman, without any prompting, comments on Jesus being an extraterrestrial, when that was never part of my claim, exposes the raw fear the Sagan Signal has generated throughout the skeptic community. He links the code to Jesus Christ. What he sees, all skeptics see, that the Sagan Signal is direct evidence that JC is an ET, just as Carl Sagan believed.
Finally, in a stunning admission that the Sagan Signal is real, Dr. Hillman writes:
“. . . if you are correct about Newton and the Freemasons, you are not the first person to discover the code. Therefore, what makes you eligible for the prize?”
Dr. Hillman jumps past the primary issue of whether the code is real to raise the question of who deserves credit for the discovery – a clear concession that the CFI investigation confirmed that the Sagan Signal is real. Rather than saying that the CFI investigation debunked the Sagan Signal, which he knew it didn’t, he suggests that since Isaac Newton discovered the code first, he should get the credit, not me.
As a Ph.D., Hillman surely knows that credit for a discovery goes to the person who is the first to publish or publicly announce it. I readily concede that Isaac Newton made the original discovery, but in keeping it a secret he disqualified himself. Sorry Isaac!
Over the past fifteen years, thousands of skeptics and numerous skeptic organizations have investigated the Sagan Signal, but in only two instances have research details been released, and both were confirmative. Why haven’t the other skeptics been transparent? There can only be one reason, they fear the message contained within the Signal.
“The suppressing of evidence ought always to be taken for the strongest evidence.” Alexander Hamilton
The problem I have with the professional skeptics I have engaged over the past decade is not about collusion or incompetence, it’s about transparency. Think about this: Over the past fifty years, skeptics have a 100% success rate in debunking extraordinary claims, a flawless record unheard of in science that I suspect is less about skill and more about cherry-picking claims they know they can debunk, while avoiding those they know they can’t.
It was therefore only a matter of time before an extraordinary claim slipped through the cracks that couldn’t be debunked. This is what happened when the Center for Inquiry agreed to investigate the Sagan Signal. After three years and two investigations, the CFI found itself in the uncomfortable position of having to either publicly confirm my claim, or suppress details of its investigation.
Embracing science and the scientific method comes with the associated need to be skeptical of extraordinary claims that by their very nature raise doubt. It does not mean that the claim, a priori, is false, only that it is suspect and demands an independent investigation. In many instances there is no direct evidence to test, in which case the claim is considered without scientific merit and rejected.
But when a sensational claim is supported by testable evidence, as in the case of the Sagan Signal, the burden is on the skeptic to test that evidence to see if it supports the claim. If test results fail to support the claim, the skeptic doing the testing reports the results and disseminates the research to inform the public that the claim has been falsified and is not true.
Following the same ethic, if test results confirm the claim, the honest skeptic will report that as well, so that other skeptics can jump into the fray and try to accomplish what he or she failed to do. As skeptic confirmations accumulate, with no falsifications, the strength of the claim is magnified. For anyone who calls himself a skeptic to not report a confirmation, and to not disseminate supportive research, is inexcusable.
For the global skeptic community to violate a fundamental scientific principle by suppressing news that the Sagan Signal has been widely tested and universally confirmed can only mean one thing: Skeptics see it as such an existential threat to their worldview that it must be squashed at all costs.
In submitting my alien Bible code claim to the Center for Inquiry, I was warned that CFI investigations are famous for being exhaustive and meticulous, so much so that applicants are warned in CFI literature to brace themselves mentally and emotionally for the inevitable debunking. But when the investigation of the Sagan Signal was over, it was the CFI investigators who were distressed, so much so that, in violation of its own written standards, they refused to declare or disseminate the results of their work.
The CFI chose suppression and censorship, but, as Alexander Hamilton argued, its decision to suppress is the strongest evidence that the Sagan Signal is true. It’s time to call skeptics out, challenging them, by name if necessary, and demand transparency and accountability on this matter.
At some point, to protect and preserve modern skepticism, this bullshit has got to end! If you’re an honest truth-seeker and suspect that I’m exaggerating the facts or, worse, spinning a yarn, I urge you to contact the Center for Inquiry, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Richard Dawkins Center for Reason and Science, the James Randi Educational Foundation, Michael Shermer of the Skeptics Society, or any other skeptic or skeptic organization and demand an accounting.
You’ll probably be met with silence, but if you get a response, please pass it on to me. Thank you.