Pt. 3 - ETs -Cinematic Realism and Contact by Alan Steinfeld

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This is part three and the series The Aliens of 2009.  These articles
focus on how 3 films about ETs in 2009, District Nine, The
Fourth Kind
and Avatar, suggest deeper sociological issues
emerging from our subconscious psyche  in regards to our
potential cosmic cousins.

Part 3: Cinematic Realism and Are We Ready for Contact?

"Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world." 
Arthur Schopenhauer

Cinematic Realism:  One of the most compelling parallels in these works
is the hyper-realism cinematically portrayed.  Each is attempting to bring
the viewer beyond the typical voyeuristic experience. The filmmakers intent
here is to have a deep psychological impact on the audience.

D9 and 4K  both play with our contemporary identifications regarding
documentaries.   Despite the POV bias of many of today’s documentarians,
a la’ Michael Moore, our cultural orientation to this genre is:  “I am not watching
a made-up fiction, but somewhere this is actually happening.”  Seeing a doc forces
the viewer to consider the presentation as an aspect of their everyday actual reality.
In these movies therefore a kind of intimate relationship to the alien experience
is created. This speaks to us on a subconscious level in helping to prepare us
emotionally for an actual contact.

This is most certainly true for Av. While still being a straight-forward narrative,
its 3D special effects bring a level reality to this cinema-graphic encounter,
unlike anything seen before.  We are no longer watching the action out of a
window of a flat screen.  We are immersed with the aliens in their strange world.

The NY Times reviewer of Avatar writes:  “In the past even when seated
third row center and occupying two mental spaces, you understand
that you and the movie inhabit separate realms. Avatar,” in 3-D, by
contrast, blurs that edge, closing the space between you and the
screen even more.  You can get lost in a movie, or so it seems, and melt into its world.”[i]

In all 3 cases these artistic achievements produce a strange visceral intimacy
with the Other.  (A subject to be pursued in next part of this series). They tell
us that the possibilities of alien visitations are not out a window in other realities,
but are knocking at the door of the world we inhabit day to day. Perhaps
something in the rehearsing of form is preparing us to deal with a face to face
embrace one day (soon…).

Part 2B  -
Are we ready for public acknowledgement of aliens and Contact?   

More than a challenge to religious dogmas that who wish control our beliefs
in higher beings –“contact” as it has been called, will have to be faced on
many fronts.  One is physically acknowledged, as discussed above, as a
viscerally integration (as in they are really here, not imagined). That alone
will change us in profound ways. The other avenues to acceptance are:
Intellectual, social, intuitive and scientific.

Their science; their very being - will confront everything we know to be real.
In Making Sense of People: Coherence Mechanisms, Paul Thagard and
Ziva Kunda writes: “We propose that making sense of people through
information integration, explanation, and analogy can all be understood
in terms of cognitive mechanisms for maximizing coherence."

Above all it is this cognitive threshold that we must cross in order to embrace
a greater reality.

Whitely Strieber speaking from his own real life encounters says:
“The social circumstances that will be associated with this
question will be tremendously powerful and corrosive, but
also extraordinarily fertile. They will change the human
species in absolutely fundamental ways, either driving us
collectively mad or transforming us in such a way that we can,
at last, begin to understand who and what we are and how we
relate to other life in the universe. [ii]

In our society the way to a greater truth is through an intellectual acceptance.
We are a culture that conditions people what to believe in - through their
educational institutions.   Some may argue that all education is only
sociological conditioning.  With this we can only see what we have been
taught is real, everything else is ignored or ridiculed as fabrication.
This is not new this kind of thinking Thucydides in 500 BC said: 
"When a man finds a conclusion agreeable, he accepts it
without argument, but when he finds it disagreeable,
he will bring against it all the  forces of logic and reason."

But Western civilization is at a breaking point.  We are on a brink of
transformation.  History is about how ideas have changed over time. 
The heliocentric theory of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) started
what historians call the "scientific revolution."  This was based on
experimentation and logic. By upgrading the medieval view of the world
with reason it brought into question previously held truths and searched
for new answers.

Copernicus followed by the 17th and 18th centuries Age of Reason
was the shift in collective thought from religion to reason.  That change
produced the industrials age and our current technological progress.
Now with a better understanding of energy fields and consciousness
we are in the midst of a similar qualitative shift is needed to throw
off the institutions of reason for a greater knowing that includes an
intuitive sense of who we are.

The largest stumbling block to contact is the conditioned logic
that has us believe only one possible reality.  Now we must move
onto another front because this reason has denied another part of
ourselves, our intuitive sense. 

If we step out of our small mindedness we see we a progression of realities.
Hans Beck’s Spiral Dynamics and Ken Wilber Integral philosopher  both  
show that the movement of memes in human society are progressive;  going  from the self, to the family, to the tribe or community, to the feudal  state authority (which go along with an imperial domination),  to world unity.   Wilber feels that with this integral perspective he has achieved “the theory of everything” as he found of saying. 
Yet when I confronted Wilber at a New York talk about the possibility
that consciousness could exits beyond the earth, such an idea was
basically publicly ridiculed

William James  said at the turn of the 20th century:
"...By far the most usual way of handling phenomena so
novel that they would make for a serious rearrangement of
our preconceptions is to ignore them altogether, or to abuse
those who bear witness for them."

In Making Sense of People: Coherence Mechanisms, Paul Thagard and
Ziva Kunda, say that:  “Central to such leaps is a change of mindset,
a widening of the collective view to encompass these wider values
and options. Many society members will resist this however, trying
to remain with what is familiar, and will do so even if the 'new era'
ultimately prevails.”

"In 1960, NASA sponsored through the Brookings Institution a
study on the possible effects on human civilization of the discovery
by NASA of either existing ET life in our solar system or of life that
had become extinct. The Brookings report argued that NASA would
be well advised to consider not informing the public of such a discovery.
It said in particular, that the people most threatened by such a discovery
would be the scientific and technologically oriented men for whom
control of nature was definitive for their personalities.[iii]

Nevertheless there are progressive scientific minds that are on the forefront of higher integration of possibilities.  Theoretical biologist Bruce Lipton points out that our pattern of evolutionary development has a natural extension towards embracing extra terrestrial life. Outlining his fractal theory he says we go from the one, the single unit to a group of units:   “According to this pattern, when the cohesive functional unit like the single cell “was complete in its evolution, its next phase was to hook up with other cells to form a greater multi-cellular organism.  When humans are complete in their evolution as individuals [they ] form communities.  So when the earth completes its evolution coming together as humanity, with a single voice it will allow us to speak as a one. And that will allow us to speak with other Ones.” [iv]

VIDEO of Interview

In the wake of terrestrial unity as a global village the next level, our galactic nature,  looms ominously on the event horizon as we become: ‘Citizens of the Stars.   We must come to know that we are just as much of the Milky Way as we are of the Earth; the same as we are Americans not just New Yorkers.  It is a matter of our orientation to a greater identity.

-Robert Muller, A Planet of Hope acknowledges:  “By far the greatest contribution to peace an individual can make is to become a global, universal, and cosmic being." 

I agree with Whitely Strieber that when contact is finally made: “We will begin what is the greatest of all journeys for any species, which is the journey into a real relationship with the cosmos. [v]

Two other brilliant thinker into ‘a larger earth paradigm of life’ suggest we are already galactic beings, with the spin and movement of the galaxy embedded into being are:  Emilie Conrad with Continuum and Nassim Harramein with The Resonance Project.  Conrad says:
Human can be seen as undulating messengers from the stars.  Our bodies contain the memories of all that has been - a historical record of the original swirl, residing now in our fingertips.[vi]  Harremien is developing a whole new approach to physics based on the view that nested points of singularities exist in everything from the center of atoms to galaxies  - thus linking us with the universe.  This understanding of a planetary culture is the next step of our scientific expansion.  He says that: “The level of consciousness of a civilization is always equal to their capacity to reach new fractal scales of relationship to their world.”[vii]

Contact though is subject for open minds, ones that are willing to explore the unknown.  And perhaps it not not out our genral history of scieince that human have divised to think they know what the world is like.  Perhaps the  technology of ET science is unknowable to the human mind.  Are at elast the mind we have at the prespent.  

In the early 1900s many like Charles Fort, HG Well and noble prize winner
MAURICE MAETERLINCK ,THE  Maurice Maeterlinck suspected this. Maeterlinck writes about the mystery the 20th century was to encounter in the Unknown Guest were:  “…blows struck from without by an Unknown even more unknown than that which we think we know, an Unknown which is not that of the universe, not that which we have gradually made into an inoffensive and amiable Unknown, even as we have made the universe a son of province of the earth, but a stranger arriving from another world, an unexpected visitor who comes in a rather sinister way to trouble the comfortable quiet in which we were slumbering, rocked by the firm and watchful hand of orthodox science.[viii]

Yet we must believe that collective as a graduating class awakening to a larger self.  We can see that this is more advantageous to our overall survival; in activating our greater potential and create a more compassionate way of sharing who we and what we got with each other.   This greater identity is a new kind of thinking that will bring unknown changes to the masses and create new realities.

Part 4 to follow…

[i] MANOHLA DARGIS, NY Times Film review, Floating in the Digital Experience, Published: December 30, 2009

[ii] Whtely Strieber Journal My Greatest Fear, Wednesday December 30th, 2009,

[iii] Brookings Institute report, submitted by NASA to the  87th Congress, 1st Session, April 18, 1961.  Quoted in Michael Zimmerman talk, How Science & Society Respond to Extraordinary Patterns report to PEER's August 1997


[iv] New Realities interview with  rBuce Lipton, Fractal Bioogy,

[v] Whtely Strieber Journal My Greatest Fear Wednesday December 30th, 2009,

[vi] Emilie Conrad, Life on Land, North Atlantic Books, 2007. p291

[vii] Nassim Harremin, Crossing the Event Horizon, Google Video, last 5 minutes.


[viii] MAURICE MAETERLINCK ,THE UNKNOWN GUEST, chapter 3. From Translated by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos

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