We, as humans that are concerned for the other creatures on this planet and humanity, would hope for the future that which is listed in the mission statement. Making contact, and doing so gracefully, honorably and most importantly, ethically.
We are scientists first and foremost. Being a scientist means being as free from bias as possible. The way scientific hypothesis test positive is to rule out every other alternative, in other words, to disprove any other option. This negative approach is sometimes difficult. Can one be unbiased and still believe in what you know to be the truth? Thankfully most will agree, that science would not be possible without tremendous individual courage, passion, joy at new discoveries, and love of research. "Each day we go to our work in the hope of discovering - and each succeeding day we return to our task with renewed ardor; and even if we are unsuccessful, our work has not been in vain, for in these strivings, in these efforts, we have found hours of untold pleasure, and we have directed our energies to the benefit of mankind." (1) Emotions are not quantifiable, yet they provide the personal foundation from which all scientists venture forth.
So what do we do? We recognize that science would not occur without spirit, and spirit is belief. Belief is a religion. Yes, as scientists, we need to follow the strict protocols that allow us to reason, and to be able to consciously and correctly present our findings in a manner fitting the paradigms of true science. As human spirits we want to prove that some animals have languages and healing abilities, and we maintain the pursuit of this because; "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." (2) So we will research and test, but we will also honor and love; acknowledge those impressions, feelings, and that inner voice, those non-quantifiable emotions that give birth to wonderful discoveries.
I would also like all those that visit our web pages to keep this in mind: We conduct this type of research for the benefit of other creatures and for ourselves. I firmly believe that the quality of human life on this planet is dependant on the other creatures that also inhabit our world. We need to protect them for many different reasons, especially since they are all individuals with feelings of their own. They also can probably provide us with the knowledge to heal illnesses non-invasively. "Perhaps the ultimate benefit of making contact with (extra-terrestrial) civilizations is not what we learn about them, but what we learn about ourselves in the process...We are guaranteed to gain something more powerful: a more humble, more realistic, and yet paradoxically more complete and more extensive understanding of our own place in the universe." (3)
I would ask you to consider bad science, or perhaps science without emotion. How the ancient misperception of the medicinal properties of different animal products has led to the extinction of species. These animals no longer inhabit our planet. Unfortunately, there are researchers out there that believe that the captive animals in their care can and should be used for personal gain. The research is neither novel nor designed for the welfare of the particular species. Imagine if someone operated, poked and prodded you, simply for a publication. Empathize if you can.
Thank you for your interest in Fauna Communications, blessings, and I look forward to hearing from you,
Elizabeth von Muggenthaler, 01/01/2000
"There are other intelligent beings on earth besides man, it would be human arrogance to assume that the transmissions (from the probe) are meant for man." Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
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(1) Nicola Tesla, (1891) "Experiments with alternative currents of high potential and high frequency."
(2) Quoted from Albert Einstein in Hoffman, Banesh and Dukas, Helen. (1972) "Albert Einstein, creator and Rebel."
(3) Douglas Vakoch, S.E.T.I Institute, S.E.T.I Tutorial, www.science-spirit.org