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I Want to Believe..... - India Blogger

I know, I should be writing about hot topics like monkeypox or the lack of baby formula, but, come on, Congress held a hearing about UFOs last week — for the first time in 50 years! I mean, I followed Project Blue Book in the 1970s, watched “The X-Files” in the 1990s, and watched UFO videos on YouTube. If Congress is starting to take UFOs seriously, how can I not?

And for those of you who see no potential connection to healthcare (except for those obnoxious foreign investigations…), let me put it to you like this: By 2050, is it more likely:

  • We will learn what UFOs really are;
  • We must have radically reformed the American healthcare system.

I felt so

The congressional hearing was attended by Ronald Moultrie, the Pentagon Under Secretary of Defense and Intelligence, and Scott Bray, Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. Mr Moultrie insisted, “We want to know what’s out there like you want to know what’s out there,” and Mr Bray agreed:

“I’m impatient. I crave immediate understanding like no one else.” He testified and answered questions in open and closed, graded sessions.

As it turns out, there were no major revelations. The Pentagon has compiled nearly 400 reports of encounters with unknown airborne phenomena (UAP, the term the Pentagon prefers because objects cannot be physical). “We know that our service members have suffered an unidentified aerial incident,” allowed Mr. Moultrie.

There have been 11 “near misses” with US military pilots, but there are believed to be no collisions. No firing at them (or them), no communication, and no debris. That being said, the UAP displayed some startling capabilities, including high speed (no visible means of propulsion), rapid acceleration/deceleration, and hovering. Officials said they do not believe any points to be of non-terrestrial origin, but also doubt that foreign adversaries had technologies advanced enough for them.

Officials showed a video of a “spherical object” zooming in on an F-18 – not easy to do! – and Mr. Bray admitted, “I have no explanation for this particular thing.”

Our military aircraft take years to conceive, design and build; They are extremely expensive (and often over budget); They take highly skilled people to operate them; They are surprisingly delicate; They oversee the military/industrial complex. They are the most sophisticated of their type in the world, yet these UAPs are zoomed by them like a Ferrari flying behind a tractor.

There is some concern that UAPs are observed around military aircraft and bases, but again, the military is also cautious about observation and has advanced capabilities for such observations. “We don’t want potential opponents to know exactly what we see or understand,” said Mr Moultrie fearlessly.

Both officials and legislators agreed that it could be helpful if there was a central way to compile citizen reports. We have mostly military reports because that’s what’s been collected, because the military has stepped up its reporting since the June 2021 congressional report. Right now, though, both officials pointed out, we have “insufficient data.” “So this is a data problem that we are facing,” Mr. Moultrie said.

So, maybe UAPs are, in fact, aliens. Maybe some John Galt-type character has formed his own “Men of Mind” group to create new techniques for his own use. Maybe they’re all really just swamp gas. What we do know is that we don’t (yet) know.

The interesting thing for me is that they are beyond our capabilities, beyond our understanding. They reveal to us. They make our technology look out of date. They sometimes seem to defy the laws of physics. Astrobiologist Haag Mishra told science news,Maybe they are signs of something like new physics. ,

That, my friends, is exciting.

I like to think that UAPs were made in some teen’s garage, using some innovative way off-the-shelf material, taken out on a pleasure ride by that teenager and his/her friends. Whether that garage is in Des Moines or Alpha Centauri, I don’t care much.

I love things that put us in our place, that remind us that we don’t have all the answers, that open our minds to the realization that there’s still a lot to learn. I am reminded of the famous physicist Lord Kelvin, who lamented in 1897, “There is nothing new to discover in physics now.” This was right before Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics.

Moral of the story: If you think you know how our health care system works and what constraints it should be in, perhaps you should be open to the uncharted transformational possibilities of UAP – healthcare.

In “The X-Files,” Fox Mulder’s unspoken (but not unwritten) mantra was “I Want to Believe.” As it turned out, there were UFO Aliens were between us, and there Was A foreign/government conspiracy. Sometimes being a lone believer isn’t crazy.

I want to believe in a health care system that is fundamentally less expensive, much more effective, and delivers health equity. I’m drawn to any new physics — or, I suspect, new biology — that helps us accomplish that health system.

I look forward to the pill that corrects genetic defects, the harmless beam that destroys early cancer, the relentless nanobots that prevent strokes and heart attacks. I want the kind of healthcare I see in science fiction.

In today’s health system, such miracles make the pill too expensive, beam side effects so bad they outweigh the benefits, and nanobots are at risk of being hacked. Instead of technology being so advanced that it is indistinguishable from magic, as Arthur Clarke said, in healthcare we find magic that promises more, does less, and costs a lot.

Our healthcare system is a lot like those military aircraft – slow to change, inexplicably expensive, highly technical, dependent on skilled operators, disturbingly fragile, and deeply indebted to the healthcare/industrial complex. I hope a healthcare UAP will overtake them like a child on a joyride.

I don’t want everyone to suddenly believe in UFOs, nor do I want anyone to believe that their technologies are beyond our capabilities. I wish us to let him open his mind to the possibilities suggested by him.

Likewise, there are plenty of views to suggest that our healthcare system could be much better, but we would need some true believers to do so. Are you one of them?

Kim is a former emarketing executive at a major blues plan, editor of the late and bereaved Tincture.io, and now a regular THCB contributor.

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