Physicist Anthony Gareth Lisi once said, ‘I think the universe is pure geometry – basically, a beautiful shape twisting around and dancing over space-time.’
Unless you were living under a rock, you would have heard about the mystical drawing also known as a Shri Yantra that appeared on a dry river bed in Oregon back on 10th Aug 1990 in the space of 30 minutes as observed by a military plane. Later, people who claimed that they created it were unable to prove their capabilities in carving these 13 mile long lines.
In recent history, the subject of crop circles or seemingly spontaneous shapes or patterns on fields and hill sides have led to much study and speculation if not many a sly wink-and-nudge conversation! Researchers seem convinced that most of these are handmade by artists who are inspired by UFO stories of true crop circles observed in the past. These crop circles usually appear overnight and sometimes during during the day. Conspiracy theorists believe the government encourages people to come ahead and falsely claim they make these crop circles themselves in an attempt to debunk any ‘UFO myth’ and cover up the truth.
Older civilizations on earth have left us symbolic drawings to decipher, although we speak common languages. In Peruvian desert of Nazca lines, drawings of hummingbird and spider have been linked with ancient rituals akin to megalithic observatories like the Stonehenge. Alternatively, as the designs are obvious only from very high above, were they carved by our ancestors wanting to extend an invite to outer space visitors?
Yet if extraterrestrials are involved, is it possible they are trying to tell or teach us a thing or two through the common tool of geometry understood by intelligent species, hoping we can crack the code? Come to think of it, geometry is when art meets mathematics and any advanced or evolved race would have integrated abstract or creative thought with logic or reason in their communication métier. For instance, this message was binary coded into a crop art appearing in UK in 2002. Can this simplistic message have another meaning?
NASA once beamed a binary coded message into space from the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico in 1974, containing information such as our decimal numbers, our DNA’s chemical elements- nucleotides, double helix pattern, a picture of a human, the position of Earth in the solar system and design of the radio telescope used for beaming the message. In 2001, a similar crop design appeared literally stamped on a field near the Chilbolton radio telescope in Hampshire, as if responding to our original message. Take a shot at deciphering that!
In recent times (METI) Messaging to Extra Terrestrial Intelligence or Active SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) has attempted to communicate with crowd-sourced messages to anyone listening out there. However, this may simply translate to ‘crude rock drawings’ unless we learn to speak the correct language or code and what if that were already available in shape and form of these signs and symbols – all hidden in plain sight?
Think these are elaborate hoaxes, an indication of a simulated reality or true alien art? We would love to hear back from you!
Bhaskar Dutta is a self-help author and IT specialist based in London.