I am continuing my exploration of the ExtraTerrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) as explanation for UFO activity.
It's not my favored explanation, but I'm enjoying the mental exercise. I am particularly captivated by a notion I mentioned in my last post on the matter. The idea comes from a claim made by Philip Corso in his book, The Day After Roswell. Corso asserts that after the wreckage and bodies were collected from the Roswell crash, all the material was shipped east. The convoy made a stopover at an Army base in Kansas. Corso was stationed at this base and made his way past the guards to peak into the crates. He claims to have seen the alien bodies.
Corso would later learn that the Roswell bodies were taken to Walter Reed Hospital and autopsies were performed. In addition to finding the inner organs of the aliens to be fairly simple and efficient, a few other surprising findings were supposedly made. For one, the aliens' skin was more akin to that of a houseplant than a human being. For another, each alien wore a skintight, metallic-colored suit. It was theorized that the suits were actually spun around the beings in order to create such a tight fit. The eyes of the aliens also had lenses implanted upon them that allowed for night-vision (something Corso claims we would later appropriate.)
Obviously, the bodies of the aliens had been modified for, among other things, space travel. This makes sense to me. We are currently in the incipient stages of modifying our own bodies through transhumanism. One of the goals driving this movement (albeit a comparatively minor one) is that it may help facilitate space exploration. If we're doing it, it seems that an advanced race would already have done the same. So now I'm really curious. Exactly how would they modify themselves? Corso gives us one idea, but what are others?
Well, there was the case of the "Kinnula Humanoid" of 1971. That year, Finland experienced something of a UFO flap. It is said that a lumberjack witnessed one of these UFOs land and a three foot tall being emerge from it. The being is pictured above. As you can see, it appears to be wearing a suit of sorts, giving it the appearance of a deep sea diver or the Michelin Man or Grimace or something of that sort. But is it a suit? It does resemble the sort of spacesuit that human astronauts would wear but might it also be a modified body?
Here's another one. In 1955, a farmhouse near Hopkinsville, Kentucky purportedly came under siege by diminutive aliens with large eyes and bodies dressed in "silvery metal." This sounds a bit like what Corso describes. If so, the Hopkinsville incident may give us a few clues as to the properties of this "metal skin." The alarmed residents of the farmhouse opened fire on the entities with shotguns. The buckshot hit the creatures, creating the sound of "bullets hitting a metal bucket" or "steel drums." Though hit and knocked over, the aliens got back up and scurried away. If there were any casualties, no bodies were ever found. Even though this "metallic fabric" is very thin, could it be a microfiber that is bulletproof?
Whitley Strieber alludes to something like this in Communion. After his initial abduction, Strieber vividly describes the state of paranoia he quickly descended into. He even bought a riot gun. As if to be prepared for this eventuality, the aliens next appeared wearing a sort of sheet-like armor.
Then again, what if we're not talking about augmentation or modification of a biological entity at all? Consider the UFO abduction case of Antonio La Rubia.
In Brazil in 1977, La Rubia, a bus driver, sighted a large, saucer-shaped UFO sitting in a field near his home in Paciencia. He attempted to get away from the disc, but was caught up in an intensely bright light and unable to move. Three "robot-like" beings then brought La Rubia into the craft where they performed medical experiments upon him. The appearance of these entities almost defies description but you can see sketches at the previous link. La Rubia remarked that throughout the whole ordeal, the entities were not only "robot-like" in appearance but also in movement and interaction. They were stiff and mechanical.
This somewhat echoes how other abductees have described the behavior of the Greys. They are cold, emotionless, almost going through a predetermined procedure without much deviation. So what if...
We know that the environs of space are harsh for any form of life as we know it. The rigors of space travel likewise take a toll on living tissue. We humans have opted thus far to send mechanical probes out into the full depths of the void to do our explorations for us. This has been more cost effective in numerous ways. Would the same logic occur to aliens? Would they send their own probes to Earth? Might they even be advanced enough to manufacture humanoid automations to go forth and interact with the flora and fauna on a one-to-one basis, procuring what they want or what they're curious about?
Pardon me. I'm headed into a desultory region. I am also aware that I am entering into nothing but speculation. Expect a future post the features my musings on how other races might have modified themselves...or replaced their biological forms altogether.
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