ALIEN INITIATIONS Harald Kleemann 2003
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When the ingress of purported alien intelligence first registered on thecultural radar of modern times, it was naively conjectured that humanity wasentering an era of extraterrestrial liaison in the mundane or conventional sense.A century of anomalous exposure and the exfoliation of attendant mythologies,however, have radically redrawn the contours of a mystery, which, owing to itselusive and paradoxical nature, is quintessential of all mysteries. Whatever theilk of the ghostly, the numinous or alien
, it calls into question the veryfoundations of the rational edifice, of the evolutionary and historic paradigm,underpinning the secular notion of human identity. The questions it raises are perennial and primal. It is central to an understanding of the universal given,and so to the question we shall ask in these pages:What, in a nutshell, is the human story?In a world of conflicting ideologies, of cultural ferment and a rampantglobalism, this question becomes one of singular urgency. The world isstraining for a resultant, for a new order to coalesce around some post-historicutopian attractor. Yet before a species on the threshold of cosmic individuationirrevocably commits itself, it might advantageously review its options. Sciencetells us what is probable. History seeks to reconstruct what actually occurred.We need a prophetic science to enquire concerning the desirable.Earth, alone in the known universe, has been the focus of a singular experiment. On one small planet life arose to consciously engage the questionof meaning. And though but at speck in immensity the pale blue dot of theastronomers it is the cauldron and spiritual cradle, the focus of engagementwith the moral, aesthetic and intellectual universe entire. The bewilderingvariety of biological and cultural forms testifies of the intensity of engagement.