B0ycey wrote:Before I go further on this, what is your opinion of the recent UFO revelations? I only ask because the phenomenon is real. The only question is 'what is it?' When you answer the question, have in mind your response of one sentient beings in a vast universe please.
Here is my essay on the subject, which, admittedly, counters my simulation argument. UFOs: Deception and Doom
The presence of UFOs may be evidence that we have been invaded by time travelers from a parallel universe.
We do not track UFOs arriving and leaving from outer space; they usually appear suddenly in the sky and then zoom out of sight or simply disappear, evidence that they are intrusions from a parallel universe.
Their speed and maneuverability suggest the UFOs are controlled by beings with a technology far superior to ours. They could destroy or conquer us but haven’t. They could intervene to instruct us on how to treat each other and the planet but they haven’t. If they were merely detached, objective observers, they wouldn’t draw so much attention to themselves. So, what is going on?
The most benign explanation is that pranksters are beaming objects or images into our universe for their amusement. We chase UFOs like kittens in YouTube videos who pounce on bright spots created by laser pointers.
However, a unified theory encompassing UFOs, parallel universes and time travel provides a more sinister motive.
Consider this scenario:
Humans on our Earth and a parallel Earth (Let’s call it Earth 2) face extinction from a predictable but unpreventable natural disaster, such as a radical change in solar activity that will turn our planet into a boiling inferno or the eruption of super volcanoes that will create a perpetual winter: hot or cold levels of Hell.
Earth 2 achieved greater scientific advances than us, perfecting both time travel and access to parallel universes. Flash forward to 2036, when Earth 2 scientists discover disturbing trends in either solar or volcanic activity that dooms most life on their planet and ours.
But the scientists can offer a lifeboat for a select but still large group. Through time travel, they can take refuge in the past but not their own past as inadvertent actions by the time travelers may change history and prevent the development of time travel.
This classic time travel paradox can be avoided by travelling to the past in a parallel universe, a possibility suggested in the article “The Quantum Physics of Time Travel” by David Deutsch and Michael Lockwood in the March 1994 edition of Scientific American
In the parallel universe, the time travelling invaders can meddle with our Earth history as much as they want without affecting the timeline on Earth 2.
The time travelers from Earth 2 still faced one problem. If scientists on our planet perfected time travel and access to parallel universes, we could invade Earth 2, cripple their scientific advancement. and populate their world with our refugees. They had to strike first.
World War II and the development of the atomic bomb put science on steroids. But what direction would it take? We could explore space. or we could explore the possibilities of time travel or accessing parallel universes. Earth 2 made the decision for us. After the war, they filled our skies with UFOs, luring humans into thinking there were extraterrestrial beings out there ready to meet us. We would focus on space exploration and nothing so fanciful as time travel or alternative Earths. The diversion worked.
But why does this explanation require an apocalypse? Couldn’t there be another motive for the invaders? I assume the intruders from Earth 2 want to live comfortably on an inhabitable planet. While they may have intervened in the 20th century to prevent a nuclear war, they seem to have done nothing in this century to prevent climate change and the resurgence of war mongering authoritarian regimes. The most likely explanation: It’s too late to bother, the end is coming soon. Indeed, I believe few if any refugees from Earth 2 decided to settle in this decade. The invaders aren’t interested in our future. They only want our past.