Geez, NASA people, watch your language. People really believe this stuff!
Ancient rock carvings found across the globe were made by human civilisations, long ago, right?
Well…perhaps not. No less an authority than Nasa have suggested they could have been made by aliens, as a test.
The space agency has released a new book (which you can read in full here) on the subject of alien communications — and as you’d hope it tackles some of the more profound and complicated issues facing humanity.
Here is the quote that caused some tongues to wag:
“Consider again, therefore, the desirability of establishing symbolic/linguistic communication with ETI [Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence]. It is helpful to review some parallels from human existence that pose problems for us today. One of these is “rock art,” which consists of patterns or shapes cut into rock many thousands of years ago. Such ancient stone carvings can be found in many countries [...]
We can say little, if anything, about what these patterns [above] signify, why they were cut into rocks, or who created them. For all intents and purposes, they might have been made by aliens.”
It’s obvious from the quotes that this “aliens” reference was used as a figure of speech. Earlier scholars didn’t recognize what rock art was. But nothing like a sensational headline to get clicks, right?
The free book appears to have been taken offline. The link no longer works. Was NASA so embarrassed that they pulled this legitimate book because of this ridiculousness? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Jeb Card contributed to this post.