Friday, March 7, 2014

Wormholes and UFO travel

If you're a fan of the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) for UFO phenomena, then you probably like the idea of "wormholes."

For a long while now, those in opposition to the idea of aliens visiting Earth seemed to cry in unison, "can't get here from there."  Albert Einstein pretty much pulled any ideas of faster-than-light travel through space over to the curb and put a beat down on them.  And he was right.  You just can't argue with the math.

Then came the concept of "wormholes."  While Relativity forbids an object from traveling faster than the speed of light, it does allow for the warping of space.  The age-old example is having to dots on opposite ends of a standard sheet of paper.  The shortest distance between the two points is not a straight line but rather to bend or warp the paper to bring the two points together, thereby eliminating any distance.  The ban against faster-than-light travel is not violated as the speed of the object does not exceed light locally at any given time. This is the idea behind a wormhole, also known as an "Einstein-Rosen Bridge."

So how do you create one?  In short, no one knows.  There are theories, such as the one outlined at the link above from NASA, that involve the gathering of super-dense matter (such as from neutron stars), but that's pure speculation.  It is important, however, to distinguish between wormholes and black holes.  For that, let's go to Stephen Hawking:

“I’m sorry to disappoint science fiction fans, but if information is preserved, there is no possibility of using black holes to travel to other universes. If you jump into a black hole, your mass energy will be returned to our universe but in a mangled form which contains the information about what you were like but in a state where it cannot be easily recognized. It is like burning an encyclopedia. Information is not lost, if one keeps the smoke and the ashes. But it is difficult to read. In practice, it would be too difficult to re-build a macroscopic object like an encyclopedia that fell inside a black hole from information in the radiation, but the information preserving result is important for microscopic processes involving virtual black holes.” (“Information Loss in Black Holes” [July 2005])

How might UFOs be utilizing such a technology?  Author and UFO researcher Wilbur Allen has some ideas on the subject.  He appeared on Coast-to-Coast AM last year to talk about footage he shot in Arizona that he alleges shows UFO craft entering into and emerging from wormholes.  As Allen stated during his appearance, you could see "arcs" or "holes" open in the sky, followed by a flash of light. One interesting concept that he mentioned was that these unknown objects may be "plasma-based spacecraft" that are sometimes viewed as balls of light.  In the interest of fairness, we should probably note that there are natural atmospheric occurrences that could generate a similar effect.  

Nevertheless, I find the whole concept of a "plasma-based spacecraft" to be an intriguing one.  If for nothing else, it may provide "furniture" for interesting fiction.

Then again, if we return to Stephen Hawking, UFO researchers might not like what he has to say on the matter:

“I am discounting reports of UFOs. Why would they appear only to cranks and weirdos?”

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