Voices of the future would like to present to you thoughts on what the future may hold and the possibilities that ly out there for us.
An American cultural phenomenon began in the 1940’s and 50’s. Reports of “flying saucers”, strange sightings of objects unidetified objects in the sky would become the raw materials for Hollywood. With the ongoing ideas about life on the Moon or the canals on Mars, flying saucers represent the hopes and fears of the world we live in today.
Wonders about visitors from other planets brought about the questions as to if they are peaceful or is there the possibility of an attack and destruction of humanity as we know it? The destruction that the Atomic Bomb would bring, brought during the Cold War era, made way for extraterrestrial anxieties and the possibility, that this in turn, manifested visions of flying sauceres and the question of the possibility of aliens living among us.
A 1962 comic There are Martians Among us, illustrates the way fear of these extraterrestrials could reflect Cold War anxietiess. A part of the mythology of America are the ideas that there are indeed the ideas of aliens and flying saucers. Scientists and astronomers, although dismissing the idea that there are aliens who live among us, do express to varying degrees, some enthusiasm about the possibility of intelligent life in the universe. The skeptic and speculative imaginations represent two halvs of the whole. Strange as it may be, it is essential to entertain and explore these ideas, at the same time, we must test and evaluate the validity of these ideas.
Every day phenomenon that we take for granted, but can be explained, are the questions: Why does a Camel have a hump? Can you really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Why do our bones crack?
In 1901, an engineer named, Nicola Tesla, made an astonishing claim that he was receiving radio communications from Mars. Although his alleged communications with Mars captured media attention, scientists weren’t interested. Similar observations were made by an Italian engineer, Guglielmo Marconi. Thomas Edison stated that Marconi’s work offered “good grounds for the theory that inhabitants of other planets are trying to signal us.”
Carl Sagan and a team that he put together who developed the content for the Voyager record, were posed a question: What do you say to a super intelligent alien race on behalf of all the inhabitants of the world? In a letter Carl Sagan wrote to Alan Lomax, he called the Voyager Record “a comic greeting card.” It is unlikely that the voyager records now at the edge of our solar system will ever be found by alien life.
The mythology of martian civilization becomes a creative way to reflect on humanity’s future.
I ask you, what ideas do you like to consider when you reflect on our humanity’s future?