The world we live in resembles science fiction more and more. Many things we would have called science fiction 10 or 20 years ago are everyday consumer goods now. That means we have to shift our frame of reference of what is possible and what is not all the time. People living in the medieval, classic or historical eras died in a world technologically similar as the one they were born in. That is not the case for us.
I was born in the early 80s and formed a somewhat coherent idea of what the world is, what sort of things are possible and impossible, in the early-to-mid-90s. Even though I had been familiar with computers all my life (we got our first Commodore 64 when I was three or four), I couldn’t imagine all the things we could do on the internet just a few years on. Mind you, internet did exist then, and yet few of us could see how it would develop to allow us to share information, play games, watch movies, pay the bills, etc. Even my mom uses the internet daily, and she could never understand computers. Cellphones too are right out of a scifi movie. In the early nineties even car phones quite an exceptional thing. You had to be pretty rich to own one. Nowadays almost everyone has a cellphone, which is not merely a portable telephone, but a portable computer as well.
We might not realize it now, but a few decades ago the internet and cellphones would have been thought of as mere science fiction. Same did apply to aeroplanes and horseless carriages, sending man into space. Men have (probably) walked on the moon too. Science fiction became science fact, and eventually something so mundane no-one thinks twice about it.
Let’s look at some items of fantastical science that are reality today.
Laser guns. Surely they exist only in the world of space operas like Star Wars? Wrong. In April 2011 BBC reported: “The US Navy has fired a laser gun from one of its ships for the first time.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13033437)
Stealth tanks. They exist outside of Command & Conquer computer games. The technology doesn’t render them completely invisible, yet, but give it a few years. (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/09/invisibility-cloak-tanks-cows/)
Microchips that can kill people. A Saudi inventor was denied patent for such killer microchip in Germany, which would suggest he had invented one. (http://io9.com/5259933/germans-deny-patent-for-gpspoison-microchip)
Zombies. While the cause for turning people into zombies varies from movie to movie, one of the most common causes is a mutated virus of some sort. The American Center for Disease Control gave some advice on how to prepare yourself for a zombie invasion. (http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm) While does not mean that zombies exist, or that your neighbour will turn into one tomorrow, there seem to be zombie ants Brazil. National Geographic writes: “The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.” (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110303-zombie-ants-fungus-new-species-fungi-bugs-science-brazil/)
Weather control. Not limited to Frank Herbert’s Dune series. During the Beijing Olympics in 2008 I remember it being mentioned on Finnish main stream media that the Chinese seeded chemicals into to clouds to prevent rain. There are corporations these days whose sole purpose is to modify the weather, such as this one: “Our atmospheric assessment services provide a more complete understanding of local and regional atmospheric processes, a solid scientific basis, and a higher probability of success, for any cloud modification projects designed to increase precipitation, reduce hail or disperse fog.” (http://www.weathermodification.com/atmospheric-evaluation.php)
I could go on with more examples, but I don’t want to bore you, nor myself. I’ll get to the point which is: when confronted with information that claims incredible technologies are real, it serves no purpose to dismiss it simply because your personal frame of reference conflicts with the new information. That means we should be open to ideas like HAARP being used to mess with the weather, possibly even cause earthquakes, as weather modification is a reality. We just don’t know the extent to which it happens. Some of the countless UFO sightings could be advanced aircraft (either man-made or extra terrestrial origin). They seem to behave in ways contrary to normal laws of physics, levitate in the air and so forth, but so does a small disc that has been Quantum Trapped. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA) Teleportation could possibly exist outside of Star Trek. Stargates might be real. There’s no reason to dismiss out of hand concepts like mind control through microchips or radiowaves. What about scalar weapons? Not to forget chemtrails. Their existence can be verified by looking up, but their exact purpose remains more elusive.
Then again, even though something could be real, it does not mean it is real. I believe it is possible that HAARP was used to cause the 3/11 Japan earthquake, but I am not convinced that was the case.
As there no reason to believe anything without thinking it through yourself, there is no reason to dismiss any idea without taking an honest look at the possibility it might be real. We have to be willing to re-assess our beliefs in relation to the observable facts of the real world on a regular basis in order to keep up with the ever-changing world.