Not War of the Worlds but Peace among Worlds, Futurist Says
Not War of the Worlds but Peace among Worlds, Futurist Says
Tue Jul 26, 8:00 AM ET
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) July 26, 2005 -- If our current libel laws were to extend beyond Earth"s boundaries, Steven Spielberg"s War of the Worlds might be found to be defamatory towards a race of extraterrestrial beings that may be living below the surface of Mars.
That is the claim of a veteran lawyer and space peace activist who says that by portraying Martians as aggressive attackers, Spielberg"s new film also misrepresents the broader challenge that humanity must confront interacting with other civilizations in space.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Alfred Lambremont Webre is known as the founding father of exopolitics. His work as a futurist at the prestigious Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in 1977 directing a proposed Extraterrestrial Communication Project for the Carter White House led to the emergence of exopolitics as a social science discipline.
Like many other futurists, Webre has concluded that humanity is destined to become a space-faring civilization. But he has been at the forefront of advocating that such a future will require a program of public interest diplomacy with "off-planet cultures."
In his newly released book Exopolitics: Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe (Filament Books; $9.99), Webre presents a practical and philosophical model of how such an outreach program to other planetary civilizations might be shaped.
Webre thinks that intergalactic diplomacy will involve peaceful co-existence and cooperation with other civilizations founded on principles of Universal law.
"Exopolitics is premised on the notion that if humanity is not only to survive but thrive in the Universe, it will have to develop a political science to effectively interact with the beings that it will encounter in space," Webre says.
It might seem like science fiction fantasy to some, but Webre"s book deals with a subject that is taken very seriously by some of the most accomplished members of Earth society. Among many other prominent citizens of this world, a former American astronaut and one of Canada"s former defense ministers have endorsed Exopolitics.
"The scientific paradigm of the 20th Century was that intelligent life ended at Earth"s geo-stationary orbit," Webre explains. "The exopolitics model informs us that, in reality, Earth appears to be an isolated planet in the midst of a populated Universe composed of intelligent civilizations subject to Universal law, operating under Universal forms of governance, and mediated by Universe politics."
Webre delights in the cosmic irony that his e-book publisher, Filament Books, originally decided to publish Exopolitics on its website along with War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells" classic account of an alien invasion from Mars that inspired Spielberg"s new blockbuster.
In his science fiction novel, Wells portrays Mars – and by implication, other planets – as harbingers of alien monsters that wish to attack and destroy our planetary civilization. "[Across the gulf of space … intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us," Wells wrote.
Webre has a far more optimistic view of Mars and other possibly populated planets. He thinks that human contact with aliens represents not a "final threat" but a "future hope."
His optimism is fueled by recent scientific discoveries made by NASA"s Mars Rover. These findings confirm the high probability that the red planet could host life today.
Webre is also intrigued by data derived from the scientific process of "remote viewing" which suggest that below Mars" surface dwells a peaceful race of intelligent humanoid beings that survived an environmental cataclysm on Mars that occurred eons ago.
"Remote viewing" is the mental process of perceiving and describing places, persons, and events at distant locations. It was sponsored and developed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in the early 1970"s with the help of scientists from Stanford Research Institute.
According to Webre, both remote viewers within the American intelligence community and civilian remote viewers trained by the US government have discovered astounding data about life on Mars, including the fact that the surviving Martian culture has technology that appears to be 150 years in advance of our present day civilization.
The remote viewing data indicate that because their physical appearance is so similar to humans on Earth, some Martians have already migrated to villages in South America. "Humans from Mars seem to be genetically related to humans on Earth," Webre says. "This raises many important questions – for science as well as for religion."
If such data prove accurate, Webre thinks that mutually beneficial agreements with our extended "human" family from Mars could help human civilization on Earth cope with the looming environmental challenges that threaten our own planetary survival.
His brilliant treatise Exopolitics describes the steps that must be taken to move in that direction. It sets forth an agenda for a hopeful future in which humanity addresses the challenge of contact with other civilizations in the Universe not in a "war of the worlds" scenario but through a "peace among worlds" initiative. It is "a roadmap to the stars."
About the Author
Alfred Lambremont Webre is a futurist and lawyer educated at Yale Law School. He was a Fulbright scholar. A member of the bar of the District of Columbia, he once served as general counsel to New York City"s Environmental Protection Agency. He was a Clinton-Gore delegate to the 1996 Texas Democratic convention. He lives in Vancouver, BC, where he is the International Director of the Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS).
About the Book
Exopolitics: Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe By Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd
Edited and with an Appendix by Andrew D. Basiago
Forewords by Dr. Courtney Brown and Paul Davids
Comments by Astronaut Dr. Brian O"Leary and Others
Filament Books Price: US $9.99
eBook Available at http://www.filamentbookclub.com
Print Version at http://www.universebooks.com
Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd
Institute for Cooperation in Space (ICIS)
3339 West 41 Avenue Vancouver, B.C. V6N 3E5 Canada
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BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND– Futurist Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd will unveil the STARDREAMS INITIATIVE (SDI) a programme for public interest diplomacy with advanced, ethical Extraterrestrial civilizations now visiting Earth.
STARDREAMS INITIATIVE will be announced at the NEXUS Conference at The Chifley at Lennons, 66 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 4:30 PM.
STARDREAMS INITIATIVE (SDI) is being announced on the same day as the first Canadian Exopolitics Conference, held simultaneously on September 25, 2005 at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto. Hon. Paul Hellyer, who is former Minister of Defence of Canada and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, will address the Toronto symposium.
Paul Hellyer has stated “To turn us in the direction of re-unification with the rest of creation [Futurist Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, Med] is proposing a ‘Decade of Contact’ – an ‘era of openness, public hearings, publicly funded research, and education about extraterrestrial reality.’ That could be just the antidote the world needs to end its greed-driven, power-centered madness.”
The STAR DREAMS INITIATIVE (SDI) is a multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary Project for Achieving and Replicated Public Interest Diplomacy with willing, ethical Advanced Off-Planet Cultures now visiting Earth, under the aegis of Galactic Governance Authorities.
The prime research and communications modality used in the STAR DREAMS INITIATIVE is Agape-based Remote Viewing, as initially developed at Stanford Research Institute in the mid-1970s by Dr. Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ. By the 1990s, replicated interactive communications have been achieved with an apparent ethical Advanced Off-Planet culture living under the surface of the Planet Mars and at various locations on Earth.
The over-all goal public diplomacy within the STAR DREAMS INITIATIVE is the open inter-communication and integration of terrestrial and Off-Planet cultures, under appropriate protocols and inter-planetary and inter-species legal, social, economic, and political frameworks.
STARDREAMS INITIATIVE (SDI):
Futurist Alfred Lambremont Webre will discuss STARDREAMS in public events on the Gold Coast on Thursday, September 29, and in Sydney on Saturday, October 1, 2005.
FOR INTERVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT: ICIS: [email protected]