Firmage Set to Launch Research Institute
By Michele Rosen
Jul 27 1999 12:01:41 ET
Six months after shocking the Internet and business worlds, Joseph Firmage
is about to step back into the limelight. Wednesday, he plans to launch his
new research institute, the International Space Sciences Organization
Firmage became a controversial figure in January, when he posted a book
called The Truth to his web site, and then resigned as CEO of USWeb/CKS, a
$1.6 billion Internet consulting and services firm.
Firmage has generated so much controversy because of his belief that aliens
have visited the Earth. But he insists his message has been distorted by
the media. "For people who've taken the time to read my book, only about
two pages out of 700 had anything to do with Roswell," Firmage told
space.com in a recent interview. "It was about biology, physics, where we
stand and what's around the corner."
Firmage hopes the announcements he plans to make Wednesday about ISSO will
help skeptics see his vision from a different angle. Rather than focusing
on UFOlogy or other "fringe" subjects, ISSO will spend several million
dollars on research into breakthrough propulsion systems, including
electromagnetic propulsion systems and methods for "manipulating" the speed
of light; energy generation systems, such as fuel cells and "zero point
energy systems"; and what Firmage calls "the physical dynamics of
consciousness," or the idea that physics and human consciousness are based
on a single set of underlying processes.
ISSO will spend several million dollars on internal research projects and
grants to scientists at other organizations, Firmage said, adding that all
the research will be scientifically accurate. "People will be satisfied
with the intellectual rigor of what we do," he said. "The reality is the
press has treated this so trivially. We're really doing some very important
In fact, Firmage said, some people are already becoming more receptive to
his efforts. "I've noticed a very positive swing in receptivity amongst
scientists, government and Silicon Valley. I think people are mature enough
to remember that we've been seriously advancing engineering technologies
for only about 40,000 days now, or 100 years. I'm sure the grand march of
science does not stop at 2000 A.D."
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