It’s clear that this is merely a short film and not an interview with an actual alien, but it does raise some very interesting questions. Good fiction can inspire us to examine our actions. The situations may be made up but the lessons and ideas presented in them can speak to real world issues. This “Area 51 alien interview” takes on some lofty topics that are worthy of discussion.

It is first revealed that the creature is actually from Earth. It claims to have time-traveled from the distant future back to 1964. In the video, the creature explains that it is a descendant of our modern day humans and has come back to observe the events leading up to a startling event – the annihilation of the human race.

Holy Wars and End Times

Sometime in the future, we are told, there is a giant war that engulfs the entire planet. Weapons of mass destruction are deployed and most life is wiped out.

Interviewer: “So why do we destroy ourselves with nuclear war?”

Alien: “Dogma.”

Interviewer: “Can you be more specific please?’

Alien: “Political and religious dogma. It is the root of all major conflict of your species… in the next century, access to nuclear weaponry by states that are ruled by dogma… will destroy your species.”

While the film may be a work of fiction, the notion that a religiously fueled war could devastate the planet is not exactly far-fetched. After all, human history is rife with holy wars. Protestants and Catholics have battled for centuries – despite the two faiths sharing most of their major tenets. Tension between the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) have always been a catalyst for bloodshed, particularly in the Middle East.

The creature goes on to talk about religion and the meaning of death:

Interviewer: “So, you know how the universe is created?”

Alien: “Yes.”

Interviewer: “So you’ve seen God?”

Alien: “We evolved past a need for superstition. The need for a God and other myths.”

Interviewer: “OK, illuminate us. What happens when we die?”

Alien: “Death is a human construct. It does not exist”

It’s unclear exactly what is meant this. However, the exchange certainly challenges the beliefs held by many people. By asserting that God is a myth and that death does not actually exist, the film forces its viewers to contemplate ideas that are not often questioned in our society.

How do these notions compare to your beliefs of life and death?

A New Morality?

The film also challenges our tendency as humans to use

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top-down reasoning. For example, our society looks at murder and make a moral judgement about it – murder is wrong. We then try to use that as a hard-and-fast rule. Because murder is wrong, we must say that killing a random passerby on the street is wrong. We must also say that killing a mass-murderer to save others is wrong.

Even for a violent act like murder, the specifics details of the situation matter. Top-down reasoning sometimes yields answers that don’t seem quite right.

Towards the end of the video, the creature says that in the future morality will come to be guided by compassion and evidence. This can be seen as a bottom-up style of reasoning, where all aspects of a situation are considered before passing judgment. To use the murder example: if someone is trying to kill you, then perhaps in that moment killing them is not wrong. Do you agree with this sentiment? 

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Takeaways

Without a statement from the filmmaker, we are left wondering about the exact purpose of this film. It does clearly warn against the possible dangers of dogmatic religious belief, and appears to embrace secularism. But it also tackles the complicated issues of morality, life, and death. We all have our views, but these are not everyday topics of conversation.

Perhaps that’s what the filmmaker’s intention was: to encourage a dialogue about the lives we lead. We are reminded of Socrates, who said “the unexamined life is not worth living”. However, if the warnings presented in this film are to be believed, the unexamined life will actually be our downfall. Maybe it’s time to start talking. What do you think?

Have you heard of Project Blue Book?

Project Blue Book was one of a series of systematic studies of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) conducted by the United States Air Force. It started in 1952, and it was the third study of its kind (the first two were projects Sign (1947) and Grudge (1949)). A termination order was given for the study in December 1969, and all activity under its auspices ceased in January 1970.

Project Blue Book had two goals:

  1. To determine if UFOs were a threat to national security, and
  2. To scientifically analyze UFO-related data.

Thousands of UFO reports were collected, analyzed and filed. As the result of the Condon Report (1968), which concluded there was nothing anomalous about UFOs, Project Blue Book was ordered shut down in December 1969 and the Air Force continues to provide the following summary of its investigations:

  1. No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security;
  2. There was no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represented technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern scientific knowledge; and
  3. There was no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” were extraterrestrial vehicles.[1]

By the time Project Blue Book ended, it had collected 12,618 UFO reports, and concluded that most of them were misidentifications of natural phenomena (clouds, stars, etc.) or conventional aircraft. According to the National Reconnaissance Office a number of the reports could be explained by flights of the formerly secret reconnaissance planes U-2 and A-12.[2] A small percentage of UFO reports were classified as unexplained, even after stringent analysis. The UFO reports were archived and are available under theFreedom of Information Act, but names and other personal information of all witnesses have been redacted.

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