by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
In 1972 in Gabon, Africa, French scientists doing routine uranium ore analysis made a startling discovery. The uranium in the Oklo mines of Gabon showed an abnormal shortage of uranium-235 isotopes, indicating that the ore may have been used in nuclear weapons production. Upon further study, however, scientists realized that the shortage of uranium-235 isotopes wasn’t indicative of nuclear weapons production. Instead it more closely resembled spent nuclear fuel from modern nuclear power plants.
It turns out that what had happened in the Oklo mines was a natural nuclear reactor that ran for 150 million years without incident, explosion or meltdown. Not only that, but the Oklo reactors generated an average of 100 kilowatts of power per 30 minute power cycle (which was followed by a 2.5 hour cool down cycle and then repeated.) What man has spent billions of dollars many years engineering, nature did for free some two billion years ago.
How, when nature is so inexplicably wonderful, powerful, and surprisingly high tech, can we think for even a moment that our universe is limited? We’ve only barely begun to scratch the surface of what is possible.
As human beings, we tend to think that we have all of the answers – and if we don’t have them, then by golly, we’ll find them. We are incredibly arrogant that way, we humans. We believe that the laws of the universe are ours to conquer with our superior reasoning skills and our opposable thumbs.
Science relies on repeatable phenomena. Scientists like phenomena that is repeatable because it can be studied and pulled apart. We can really sink our teeth into and get to the bottom of good old repeatable phenomena.
And yet…. And yet….
What about the anomalies – like the Oklo Fossil Reactors? Our universe is filled with anomalous phenomena that causes science to step back and rethink its position. What to do with such anomalies like human consciousness or planet Earth sustaining life? Where do they fit into what we know? Do they require their own theories, or should existing theories be modified to include them?
It turns out that a singular anomaly can cause us to halt in our tracks and reassess what we believe we know.
The paranormal is not science. This we have been told over and over again. Lack of repeatable results makes it impossible to apply our current methodologies to any anomalous phenomena, making it impossible to render scientific findings or repeat results. If we can’t pick it apart and put it back together using our scientific methods, then we can’t declare it is real. Any paranormal findings are nothing more than an anomaly.
Still, so are the Oklo Fossil Reactors. A giant, ancient, energy producing anomaly that forced science to sit up, take notice and begin to rework what it is they thought they knew prior to its discovery in 1972.
There is more out there than we know. There is more out there than we understand. If we don’t seek it because it isn’t scientific to do so, then how will we ever make the discoveries that lead to new knowledge?
Science is wonderful. It has explained the physical world in which we live. It has helped us to create things that make our lives much easier and more convenient to live. It has improved our health and lengthened our lifespan. We have learned much about our physical origins, as well as the physical origins of our planet, our solar system and our universe.
Let’s face it. We don’t know everything. While we have a pretty good grasp of the physical on a grand scale, we know relatively little about the energy that underlies it all. We don’t even know if there is an “us” that exists outside of the physical plane. We don’t know if anything exists outside of the physical plane. And yet, we do know that human consciousness exists even though we haven’t yet found a physical basis for it.
In the end, it all makes me wonder. Just because we don’t understand it, just because it is anomalous, just because we can’t quantify it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. It just means that we don’t know everything there is to know yet. There is more to discover and more to learn about who we are and where we came from. Who knows what we will discover next that leads us to rethink everything we thought we knew.