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Dr. Eric W. Davis' UFO Research Confirmed

From: J. Maynard Gelinas <j.maynard.gelinas.nul>
Date: Mon, 27 May 2013 18:02:48 +0800
Archived: Mon, 27 May 2013 07:15:57 -0400
Subject: Dr. Eric W. Davis' UFO Research Confirmed

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Colleague Confirms NASA Affiliated Physicist Dr. Eric W. Davis'
UFO Research
By James Maynard Gelinas

Astrophysicist Dr. Eric W. Davis has a curious interest in UFO
research. He spoke to the UFO matter while giving an address in
2010 at a Society for Scientific Exploration meeting about a
book he had recently co-edited with Dr. Marc Millis, former head
of NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project.

Furthermore, while working in an official capacity for NASA in
1999, Dr. Millis attended a venture capital event hosted by
known UFO enthusiast and potential investor Joe Firmage, who had
openly stated his belief in having met an extraterrestrial alien
visitor. This event led to an official investigation at NASA
over potential loss of intellectual property. That investigation
was ultimately dropped.

During the question and answer session, Dr. Davis was asked
whether UFOs had "...guided [the] thinking and research" of such
speculative matters as warp drive and traversable wormholes.

Dr. Davis responded, "Secretly yes and overtly no." He explained
that because "...UFOs don't have credibility with mainstream
academic researchers," and because policy-makers and funding
agencies "...don't like the topic of UFOs," some members of the
group were forced to "...consider it under the table."

Continuing on with his comments, Davis contrasted what he
considered relevant observed UFO phenomena with their work. In
comparing data taken from UFO investigators such as Jacques
Vallee, George Hathaway, and the questioner, he said "we've been
able to use that data as input to give us an idea, and that data
does drive the concepts that we did derive later on [when we
did] the book and [that] went into the original NASA program."

Dr. Davis gave two examples taken from work done at the National
Institute of Discovery Science, a place more colloquially known
as Skinwalker Ranch, where he said investigators and the ranch
owner had apparently twice witnessed wormholes open for
transport. "...we had the experience of one scientist and one
investigator seeing a wormhole =96 what looked like a wormhole =96
with a creature crawling through, and then the ranch owners had
seen an opening in the sky in broad daylight with a triangular
craft that came through it." According to Dr. Davis, this was of
relevance to some investigators at NASA's Breakthrough
Propulsion Physics Project, for it was "...an example of data
that indicates there's a wormhole involved."

The details of Dr. Davis' statement about UFOs, including a full
transcript, were previously printed in the story, "Dr. Eric W.
Davis, of NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project,
Discussed UFOs During Lecture."

Dr. Jack Sarfatti, a theoretical physicist who personally knows
Dr. Davis, commented on whether the propulsion specialist has a
longstanding interest in UFO research. "I know Eric Davis... I
am completely aware of his position on this and what his real
secret work is/was about." Dr. Sarfatti then took the
opportunity to challenge Dr. Davis on an arcane matter of warp
drive physics.

In referring to the possibility of UFOs using some manner of
warp drive, Dr. Davis had said, "We haven't seen UFOs do
performances that adhere to the warp drive.... We seem them
doing ninety degree turns and rapid motions; they disappear and
reappear. That is undetermined yet."

Dr. Sarfatti disagreed. "Eric is wrong about no evidence for
warp drive in near earth flight, " Dr. Sarfatti argued. "180
degree turns at high speed is evidence [of warp drive], as is
sudden stopping and apparent dematerialization."

Speaking to Dr. Davis' claim of two wormholes that had
apparently been witnessed at Skinwalker Ranch, Dr Sarfatti
challenged Dr. Davis's line of reasoning. "[Dr. Davis]
contradicts himself when he talks about the possible wormhole on
the [Skinwalker] Ranch. Wormhole and warp drive physics are both
essentially the same and the evidence is that there is a low
power technology for them."

Skinwalker Ranch is a property located in Uintah County, Utah
that is near an area believed by locals and nearby Native
Americans to be a center of anomalous events. There, according
to its website, a group with former military and intelligence
community connections as well as high academic credentials,
along with well known Las Vegas television investigative
reporter George Knapp, have worked together investigating
alleged anomalous events. According to those SSE statements, Dr.
Davis worked for Mr. Bigelow there for six years.

The owner of that property is reclusive billionaire Robert
Bigelow, who is a real estate developer and founder of the
Budget Suite hotel franchise. He has a longstanding public
interest in UFOs and bought the property in 1995 specifically to
investigate those claims. Professional skeptic James Randi once
gave Mr. Bigelow the Pigasus Award for having funded what he
termed a 'useless study' of an 'old haunted ranch.'

But Mr. Bigelow is interested in more than just running a hotel
chain and supporting investigative work into UFOs. In 1999 he
founded Bigelow Aerospace, which seeks to launch an inflatable
space station and possible hotel in orbit and maybe build a base
on the moon. Interestingly, Bigelow Aerospace is only one of two
organizations that, according to FAA guidelines, pilots are
directed to forward UFO reports. A skeptical article on Mr.
Bigelow's UFO aerospace company stated:

"...there is one space-related issue troubling Mr. Bigelow, one
on which he feels the need to obtain, even at potentially great
cost, the best counsel available: UFOs. It is not clear whether
he fears that UFOs will interfere with his future orbiting hotel
chain or if he believes that UFOs harbor some secrets of
propulsion or anti-gravity that his engineers might someday be
able to put to good use. Whichever it is, Bigelow has contracted
MUFON, the largest UFO group in the U.S., with potentially very
large sums of money for the pursuit of first-hand UFO
information. Indeed, longtime UFO activist Ed Komarek is
suggesting that Bigelow's goal is nothing less than an 'alien
reengineering project.' "

Dr. Davis currently works at the firm Earth Tech for physicist
and owner, Dr. Harold Puthoff; a man who is also listed on the
Skinwalker Ranch bio page for having contributed to that project
as well. Dr. Puthoff apparently became connected with the ranch
project in 1996, when he posted a mission statement in support
of Mr. Bigelow's NIDS initiative.

According to the Skinwalker Ranch website, Dr. Puthoff
"...served with the NSA during his tour with the navy... and
would later stay on as a civilian." Information that is not
available on the man's Wikipedia bio page. His main project of
public notoriety was government-sponsored research into PSI
phenomena back in the 1970s and 1980s. It was conducted at then
Stanford University associated Stanford Research Institute,
where he ran the Remote Viewing program from 1972 through to

Dr. Puthoff's controversial SRI project was funded to see if
psychic phenomena could be used for clandestine purposes. That
work led to a classified government project called STAR GATE, a
CIA and then DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) funded program
intended to obtain intelligence information. It was then a Cold
War response to Soviet interest in psychic phenomena and was
formally terminated in 1995.

Professional skeptics, in responding to a statistical analysis
of PSI research findings, have challenged the research in

"Because even if [they] are correct and we were to find that we
could reproduce the findings under specified conditions, this
would still be a far cry from concluding that psychic
functioning has been demonstrated. This is because the current
claim is based entirely upon a negative outcome..."

Dr. Puthoff responded to the standard scientific view of
skepticism for such phenomena in the book Mind Reach, co-written
with SRI colleague Dr. Russel Targ. Noting that they had once
attempted to submit a paper and received a response by one
journal editor, "This is the kind of thing that I would not
believe in even if it existed." (P. 169, Hampton Roads
Publishing ed.)

In 1985, after Puthoff ended his relationship with the PSI
program, he shifted direction to a new line of work. From the
early 1990s, he began publishing papers on polarizable vacuum
and Stochastic Electrodynamics, authoring or coauthoring such
works as "Inertia as a Zero-Point Field Lorentz Force," as well
as, "Polarizable-Vacuum Approach to General Relativity," and,
"Polarizable Vacuum 'Metric Engineering' Approach to GR
Effects." This material is considered by many physicists in the
advanced propulsion community to be highly relevant to their

Skeptics have a negative opinion on that work as well,
contemptuously referring to Dr. Puthoff's ideas as 'fringe
physics'. A Skeptical Inquirer article by Martin Gardner spoke
to Dr. Puthoff's polarizable vacuum and zero-point ideas in this
impolite manner:

"The nation's number two drumbeater for [Zero-Point-Energy] is
none other than Harold Puthoff, who runs a think tank in Austin,
Texas, where efforts to tap ZPE have been underway for years. In
December 1997, to its shame, Scientific American ran an article
praising Puthoff for his efforts."

But it's not just Dr. Davis who has a connection with UFO
researchers. Dr. Marc Millis met with UFO proponents and venture
capitalists in 1999, while he was still on payroll at NASA. This
led to an internal NASA investigation into the matter.

According to a 1999 report published in the San Francisco
Chronicle, the NASA Office of the Inspector General had been
conducting an investigation into a planned meeting between NASA
Ames Research Center staff and Silicon Valley venture
capitalists. They had planned to meet at an International Space
Sciences Organization (ISSO) event to discuss potential advanced
propulsion technologies. The founder of that organization, Joe
Firmage, was at the time and remains today, convinced that
extraterrestrial spacecraft exist and further that he had met an

In that article, it was reported that NASA's concern was that
proprietary information owned by the government agency might be
leaked to private sources. Dr Sarfatti argued that the
investigation had been dropped with no findings of wrongdoing.
"[It] was nonsense, " Sarfatti said. "[B]ureaucratic
incompetence at NASA and it came to nothing. Too many Keystone
Kop NASA security people with too little to do I suppose."

Dr. Sarfatti said that the meeting had taken place "...at the
Free Mason Hall in San Francisco on Van Ness Ave." He didn't
recall if Dr. Davis had been in attendance, but a long list of
other UFOlogy luminaries and then head of NASA's BPP was. "Marc
Millis, John Alexander, John Peterson were there," he said,
among several others.

In an email, Dr. Marc Millis confirmed that he had attended that
event at the "invitation of sponsors." Dr. Millis also agreed
with Sarfatti that the investigation had been dropped with no
findings of wrongdoing and that the event was entirely above

When I asked Dr. Millis why, while still holding an official
role at NASA, he had attended a meeting with luminaries of
UFOlogy and a venture capitalist who all openly believe in UFO
and alien visitations, he declined to comment.

Regarding the other attendees Dr. Sarfatti listed, Col. John
Alexander wrote, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities, and
is often remembered as the man who George Clooney portrayed in
the film The Men Who Stare At Goats. John Peterson is a Futurist
and founder of the Arlington Institute, and is known for having
contacted the Director of Central Intelligence James Woosley in
1993 in order to obtain information on UFOs.

Dr. Sarfatti is a former assistant professor of physics at San
Diego State University. He's held research fellowship positions
at Birkbeck College in London, where he worked with renowned
physicist David Bohm; the Cornell Space Science Center; Atomic
Energy Research Establishment in Great Britain; and the Max
Planck Institute in Germany. He is noted for being part of a
semi-underground counter-culture physics society called the,
"Fundamental Fysiks Group". MIT physicist and historian David
Kaiser detailed that story in his recent book, How the Hippies
Saved Physics.

Dr. Davis obtained a PhD in Astrophysics in 1991 from the
University of Arizona. He co-founded the NASA-JSC's (Johnson
Space Center) Advanced Deep Space Transport Technology
Assessment Group. He is also the author of numerous speculative
peer-reviewed papers on wormholes, warp drive, quantum
teleportation, and other advanced propulsion studies. And, as
referred to earlier, he co-edited a book on the research
findings from NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project
before funding for ongoing work was cancelled in 2002. Dr. Davis
is listed on the web page of Millis' successor organization, the
Tau Zero Foundation, as among those of the Tau Zero Network. In
addition, Dr. Millis confirmed that Davis had "volunteered some
consulting" for the NASA effort, and that both had edited the
book, Frontiers of Propulsion Science, together. He is currently
scheduled to speak on advanced propulsion at the 2013 Mutual UFO
Network Symposium.

Regarding general research into warp drive and gravity
manipulation, a recent io9 article quoted NASA physicist Harold
White as saying that a bench lab test is in progress. In
addition, Bigelow Aerospace and NASA have announced a
partnership where the firm:

"...will work with a variety of commercial space companies to
assess and develop options for innovative and dynamic private
and public investments to create infrastructure to support
domestic and international government exploration activities
alongside revenue generating private sector enterprises."

It should be noted that Dr. Davis' words and Mr. Bigelow's
interest in UFOs are entirely at odds with the longstanding
official NASA position that "...there is no evidence for visits
of intelligent aliens to Earth, either now or in the past."

Neither Drs. Davis nor Puthoff responded to requests for

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