X-File Dept: ‘Quantum Weirdness’ Could Allow ET Technology to Go Unobserved

6a00d8341bf7f753ef0133ed01f23d970b.jpg Quantum mechanics underlies many of the most revolutionary discoveries and principles of human technology, from the big bang to the laser, to the transistor to superconducting magnets used at CERNs LHC.

Extraterrestrial technology more advanced than ours might manifest itself by inconceivable whole-part relationships. "Quantum weirdness, living organisms, human minds, and designed machines all are examples in which wholes and parts relate in different ways," writes astrophysicist Paul Davies in his new book, Eerie Silence. A hundred years ago, Davies observes, who would have thought that atoms behave with the weirdness they exhibit? There could be many ways in the universe that whole-part relationships differ from anything in our experience."

Just as the nature of quantum weirdness can be unveiled by the mega machines like CERN's Large Hadron Collider, so ET technology might go totally unobserved and unsuspected because we are not viewing it with the proper technology, such, Davies writes, as a Bose-Einsatein condensate beam-splitting interferometer.

Casey Kazan


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