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Are Crop Circles 'Contact'? and then What?

There's a connection that comes to mind between Bernie Madoff and the crop circle phenomenon. My new documentary, What on Earth?..."Inside the crop circle mystery," talks abut the circles being ignored in part because of a deep seated aversion people have to being conned. Best to mock the idea that the circlemakers could be from elsewhere in case it turns out that hoaxers are perpetrating a fraud on gullible 'believers.'

Right. For centuries -- at least -- people have been going into fields night after night, year after year, in 40 countries, flattening crops into geometrically complex patterns over vast stretches of terrain, frequently doing it in horrible stormy weather. For their efforts, they get no recognition and presumably no money. Why would people do that?

Well, the people explanation is the last one that hasn't been shredded. The idea of patterns occurring naturally in nature went down a long time ago, and beaming them down from satellites is not technically possible -- never mind that we didn't have satellites hundreds of years ago. No possible solution to the mystery remains in play, except this idea that people make them all. Aside from the challenge that would be to human capabilities (ever try to interlace acres of grain, or put 90 degree bends in plant shafts as brittle as celery, or weave basket-like constructions with straw-like material, or create biological changes to plants and chemical changes to soil inside the circles, or make fresh batteries fail and cell phones not work in them?), what would motivate people to do this?

So, what could the explanation be?

The circles should fascinate us, like the Pyramids do -- and there's a downside to ignoring the fact that people can't make the genuine article (see "Why Real Crop Circles Can't Be Hoaxed": Discoveries about the circles could be even more important to us than finding out where the Pyramids came from. We not only would get to marvel at finding out more about humanity than we know now, but we could get to have an engagement with what is delivering the marvel. As the former head of SETI said about that:

"If we were to discover extra-terrestrial life, it would show that we are not intellectually unique in the galaxy. Man has a tendency to think he's very special. We consider ourselves morally, culturally, and intellectually unique. But if we were to find a signal from another star system, another thinking being, we would know that none of that is true. A connection with another intelligence would be the first bridging across four billion years of independent life in evolution. It would be the end of Earth's cultural isolation in a galaxy and a universe surely containing millions of other civilizations. It would be without doubt the greatest discovery in the history of humankind." — Paul Horowitz, Project Director, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

Just think. You wake up one morning and CONTACT is in headlines. But it isn't as people would have expected. No creatures have arrived. What has happened is we've recognized that there are crop circles that aren't being made by us. Can you imagine what would occur? It would be a story that wouldn't go away. There's not a civilized person who wouldn't go on and on talking about it, and about how we should respond. A world-wide dialogue would ensue. We would be one humanity in relation to 'the other!'

Perhaps whatever has been making the formations has been waiting to be recognized. Maybe the circles having been a means to get our attention, to where we'd realize there is other intelligence in the cosmos. Conceivably, whatever makes them, which would have more advanced intelligence than ours, then would bring their technology to bear on global warming, fossil fuel depletion, and other life-threatening challenges we face.

Why don't they just crash in on us, then, and give us their gifts? Well, as we say in the film, we'd probably shoot them before they had the chance. They wouldn't be fools. Better that we realize they are there, where we'd welcome them, than for them to have to deal with our resistance. And then it's a collaboration -- we've earned the alliance rather than been assaulted by it, which seems like a more mature way to live out the next era of human history

The awareness that this film could catalyze might be the start of a glorious new phase of human history -- when we never have needed a new phase more.

"A great power has arisen, directing thoughts and perception in a certain direction towards a more complete and satisfactory view of reality than the modern conventions of materialism have previously allowed. Gently, subtly, with no disturbance or panic, we are being guided across a watershed, from one worldview to another. And this is in no way arbitrary, but a purposeful process, in accordance with the interests of eternal nature and the necessities of the present. We now can see something of what the ancients meant when they spoke of revelation." John Michell, author of twelve books, specialist in sacred geometry

Suzanne Taylor

What on Earth? ..."Inside the crop circle mystery."