It’s widely accepted that Nikola Tesla, who lived 1856 to 1943, possessed an incredible intellect. Some of his inventions were, and indeed still are, far ahead of their time.
Most well known for his contribution to the development of alternating current (AC) power, Tesla had wide ranging interests including such things as controlling the weather and the relationship between war and earthquakes.
He was also interested extraterrestrial life.
In 1901, Nikola Tesla wrote an article entitled Talking With Planets in Collier’s Weekly in which he discusses concepts such as:
- Beings living on other planets taking sustenance from the environment rather than from food and water as we do
- The possibility of beings living under the surface of the moon
- How to communicate with life on Mars
Here is an extract from the article:
But in this age of reason it is not astonishing to find persons who scoff at the very thought of effecting communication with a planet. First of all, the argument is made that there is only a small probability of other planets being inhabited at all. This argument has never appealed to me. In the solar system, there seem to be only two planets–Venus and Mars–capable of sustaining life such as ours: but this does not mean that there might not be on all of them some other forms of life. Chemical processes may be maintained without the aid of oxygen, and it is still a question whether chemical processes are absolutely necessary for the sustenance of organized beings. My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without nourishment and which will not be shackled by consequent limitations. Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, and transforming, by a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy?
If there were such beings on one of the planets we should know next to nothing about them. Nor is it necessary to go so far in our assumptions, for we can readily conceive that, in the same degree as the atmosphere diminishes in density, moisture disappears and the planet freezes up, organic life might also undergo corresponding modifications, leading finally to forms which, according to our present ideas of life, are impossible. I will readily admit, of course, that if there should be a sudden catastrophe of any kind all life processes might be arrested; but if the change, no matter how great, should be gradual, and occupied ages, so that the ultimate results could be intelligently foreseen, I cannot but think that reasoning beings would still find means of existence. They would adapt themselves to their constantly changing environment. So I think it quite possible that in a frozen planet, such as our moon is supposed to be, intelligent beings may still dwell, in its interior, if not on its surface.
And he goes into details about what he thinks is possible and how it could be done:
But with the novel means, proposed by myself, I can readily demonstrate that, with an expenditure not exceeding two thousand horse-power, signals can be transmitted to a planet such as Mars with as much exactness and certitude as we now send messages by wire from New York to Philadelphia.
Read the full article for yourself, or watch a short video of some key points in the video below…
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