Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Martian stranded on Earth (Tesla Edition)

“I can never forget the first sensations I experienced when it dawned upon me that I had observed something possibly of incalculable consequences to mankind. I felt as though I were present at the birth of a new knowledge or the revelation of a great truth….

It positively terrified me, as there was present, something mysterious, not to say supernatural, and I was alone in my laboratory at night; but at that time the idea of these disturbances being intelligently controlled signals did not yet present itself to me.

The changes I noted were taking place periodically and with such a clear suggestion of number and order that they were not traceable to any cause known to me. I was familiar, of course, with such electrical disturbances as are produced by the sun, Aurora Borealis, and earth currents, and I was as sure as I could be of any fact that these variations were due to none of these causes.

The nature of my experiments precluded the possibility of the changes being produced by atmospheric disturbances, as has been rashly asserted by some. It was sometime afterward when the thought flashed upon my mind that the disturbances I had observed might be due to an intelligent control. Although I could not decipher their meaning, it was impossible for me to think of them as having been entirely accidental. The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another. A purpose was behind these electrical signals.”

Tesla, Nikola (1901)
In the Collier’s Weekly: “Talking With the Planets

In 1899 while investigating atmospheric electricity using a Tesla coil receiver in his Colorado Springs lab Tesla observed repetitive signals, substantially different from the signals noted from storms and Earth noise, that he interpreted as being of extraterrestrial origin. He later recalled the signals appeared in groups of one, two, three, and four clicks together. Tesla thought the signals were coming from Mars.

Analysis of Tesla's research has ranged from suggestions that Tesla detected nothing (he simply was misunderstanding the new technology he was working with) to claims that Tesla may have been observing naturally occurring Jovian plasma torus signals. Whatever it might have been, the signal inspired Tesla to reach for the stars.


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