Last night I watched, again, the Film Contact starring Jodie Foster. This time, however, I really took notice of the Film and came to certain conclusions. Firstly, SETI, a private research organisation which received funding from the U.S. Government, had its funding withdrawn by the Government. The reason appeared to be because the Director of SETI didn't think that there was much success in SETI achieving its aims. IMO, the Director of SETI ( in the film ) was either a " Government Plant " or was attempting to " ****-lick " his way into Government circles. In real life SETI has actually had Government funding removed or at the least had it drastically reduced.
Jodie Foster then took over the running of SETI and secured funding from the " Private Quarter ". Her, and her colleagues, were successful in contacting, or being contacted, by an Extra-Terrestrial Race. At this point the Government suddenly took notice and lo and behold took over the running, once more, of SETI. IMO, this rings so " true to life " of the U.S. Government today.
The Film goes on to reveal that Jodie's organisation received technical, engineering, plans that gave them the potential to build a machine of some sort. After much debate and discussions the Government decided that they themselves would build the machine and Jodie Foster found her position becoming untenable and she was being forced out. I wonder how many times this has actually happened in real life so the Government can have complete control ?
It transpired that the Government built TWO, not One, machines with the second machine being kept " under wraps " until circumstances, the sabotage of Machine 1, forced Machine 2 to be revealed. Ring any Bells ?
It was revealed that the Machine was a means of travelling to the " Home-World " of the Extra-Terrestrial Race. After much " in-fighting " Jodie Foster was chosen to travel in the Machine. Upon arrival at the " Alien World she was amazed to see, initially, that it was just like Earth. It took some time for her to realise that it was just a Mirage. What was even more eye-opening for Jodie was that when one of the Aliens appeared before her he was the double of her Father, who had died when Jodie was much younger. It transpired that this was all a deliberate ploy by the Aliens to put Jodie at ease and remove any discomfort that she may have felt if everything was revealed as it actually was.
What if Aliens actually behave in this way in reality for the same reasons as depicted in the Film ?
The Film goes on to show that Government Records and Film etc show that the experiment/ journey was a failure and didn't happen. An enqiry is held and Jodie Foster and refuses to change her story even after much
" Government brow-beating ". The " moot-point " occurs at the end of the Film when the two Government Officials are having a discussion and one says, " all the video equipment recorded just static ". The second Official replies , yes but I am wondering how it recorded 18 minutes of static ". At this point my brain " kicked into gear " and I began to really wonder just how much do we really know about the whole Time and Space enigma ? What if Alien Races have learned about the mechanics of Time and Space and actually employ them ? We haven't got the slightest clue as to how Time and Space operates and what naturally occuring properties they possess, do we ? What chance do we have of even beginning to compete with ANY Alien Races who have the ability and means to travel the Universe ?
You may think that this is the ramblings of an over active imagination. You may be correct. I have been know to have " off the wall ideas ". BUT, what if there IS a basis of truth to my post ? What if we have to change our thinking over many things before we can progress technologically ?
Right, rant over. Please yourselves if you want to argue, discuss or debate the points that I have raised in this post.