"Searching for Signs of Extraterrestrial Signal/ Intelligence in Novel Ways and in Unexplored Places"
NEW ALIEN SIGNAL CANDIDATE DETECTED!
In 2011, independent SETI researcher Don Zygutis contacted Dr. Paul Shuch, director of The SETI League, co vice-chair of the SETI Permanent Study Group, and Chief Investigator for Invitation to Extraterrestrial Intelligence (IETI) concerning the possible discovery of an extraterrestrial signal. Dr. Shuch confirmed that the data Zygutis submitted for analysis was empirical and testable, making it only the second scientifically verifiable alien signal candidate in SETI history.
The putative signal is a series of 46 previously unknown triadic sequences located in the Old Testament that exhibit a level of symmetry so unique and sophisticated that it is clearly suggestive of a higher intelligence. Preliminary testing and analysis by credible scholars, including a probability analysis, supports Zygutis’ sensational claim.
XSETI is convinced that these sequences are smoking gun evidence that scientifically confirms extraterrestrial existence. This website is dedicated to the dissemination of the data and the expansion of the falsification process. Based on Dr. Shuch’s favorable assessment, XSETI is putting out a global call to scholars and skeptics to test the data expeditiously and with maximum scientific rigor. We believe that the most important discovery in history: proof that humans are not alone in the universe, has been made.
The discovery of an alien signal candidate that is testable and falsifiable is such a rare event that in all the years that SETI and others have been searching, there has been only one other scientifically viable model, the famous WOW signal discovered in 1977 with the Big Ear Radio Telescope. That intercept was subjected to over 50 scientific tests and eventually abandoned by scientific consensus, although it is still an object of interest in some circles. XSETI is hoping and expecting that the same level of critical scrutiny will be applied to what we call the Z signal, named in honor of its discoverer.
In testifying to the empirical nature of the supporting evidence, Dr. Shuch has thrown his support behind a scientifically rigorous falsification process. However, because the data is literary rather than technological, he freely admits that SETI doesn’t have the necessary resources or skill sets to properly test the data. Instead of physicists and astronomers, those participating in the falsification process will be decryption experts, probability experts, literary historians, cultural anthropologists, linguists, ethnologists, language experts and, yes, even theologians. But whoever you are, and whatever skills you may bring to bear on the data, we welcome you and invite your participation in the advanced vetting process.
XSETI is fully aware of the historic implications of our claim, and the real possibility that it may get debunked. Should that happen, we will profusely thank all participants and abandon the project with dignity, knowing that our contribution to human knowledge would be the successful elimination of a false theory. At the same time, based on years of investigation and a successful academic peer review, we are highly confident that the Z signal is the real thing and that it will be scientifically confirmed to be alien in origin.
Interestingly, the discovery of the Z signal was made using a methodology developed by the late Carl Sagan, who theorized that aliens may have visited Earth and interacted with the early Sumerians around 4000 B.C. Sagan’s 1963 NASA funded study of ancient Babylonian writings legitimized manuscript research as a viable tool in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the case that XSETI makes in support of the Z signal is largely based on his pioneering work.
Rules of Engagement
The tens of thousands of sites on the internet dedicated to the subject of aliens is evidence of the endless fascination the human species has with possible extraterrestrial existence. Unfortunately, most of these sites are pseudoscientific and wildly speculative. In contrast, XSETI is among a small handful of academically respectable search organizations that subscribe to the scientific method and adhere to the highest standards of empirical evidence.
While XSETI extends an open invitation for anyone with an interest in extraterrestrial intelligence to participate in the vetting process, we will limit our postings to comments and analyses that engage the data seriously and scientifically and that make an original contribution. We also invite probing questions and observations that have the potential to open up new avenues of research, and we welcome suggestions as to how to improve this site. We ask that participants with academic credentials or unique qualifications share that information.
In the spirit of collaboration, we will post the domain names of other websites where legitimate Z signal research is being conducted as they come to our attention. We realize that the historic nature of our claim and the empirical nature of the evidence are likely to inspire a number of independent investigations.
The Sunset Clause
To build confidence in XSETI as a scientifically credible organization and to facilitate the testing of the evidence, our charter has a built-in sunset clause that states that if leading scientific skeptic Michael Shermer, author of : Why People Believe Weird Things, can demonstrate that we are pseudoscientific, or if the Z signal is debunked by scientific consensus, we will immediately abandon the project, shut down operations, liquidate all assets, and donate all proceeds to the Skeptic’s Society, the non-profit organization that Dr. Shermer founded and currently directs. Furthermore, as honest truth-seekers, we will do whatever we can to keep scam artists from exploiting a failed theory for personal gain.