High Strangeness: A Russian Time Traveler in Stalin’s Gulag?
High Strangeness: A Russian Time Traveler in Stalin’s Gulag?
High strangeness constitute the lifeblood of Inexplicata, and we thank our friends at Chile’s Noticiero Ufológico Autónomo for supplying us this tidbit.
The most recent update of the NOUFA blog gives us a newsclipping from Chile’s respected EL Mercurio newspaper, dated 12 March 1995, and from the files of Mr. Aquiles Castillo. We reproduce it here in its entirety:
EL MERCURIO – Sunday, 12 March 1995
Russian Journalist Purportedly Met a “Time Traveler”
MOSCOW, 11 (ANSA) – A man traveling from the future’s 23rd century landed in the Stalin-era Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, spending five years of captivity in a gulag and living for sixty years in the communist era without being able to return to his time. The news, published today by the presidential daily “Rossiskie Viesti”, is attributed to the testimony of journalist Vadim Chernobrov, who swears having met the mysterious – and disoriented – time traveler. According to the newspaper, Eugene Iosifovich hailed from the 23rd century, but arrived in communist Russia and was arrested for espionage. Apparently, those in the 23rd century forgot all about the unwary time traveler, thinking perhaps that a season in the Soviet Union would be punishment enough for going astray. Chernobrov also disclosed that the traveler had forecast the collapse of the USSR and Boris Yeltsin’s rise to power.
Time travel is best left to the Time Lords, or to the ever-dutiful John Titor.
Can you imagine a future where parents can pick the eye color, hair color, skin color and height of their new baby? Does that sound like some wild dream of the future? Well, the future is now. One Los Angeles fertility clinic is now offering to design babies to the exact specifications of the parents.
The Fertility Institute is calling this new technology “cosmetic medicine”. Do you want your daughter to look like Barbie? Done. Just order up a tall, light-skinned, green-eyed, daughter with blonde hair and the clinic will do the rest.
This technology is based on something called “pre-implantation genetic diagnosis”, or PGD, which doctors have been using the last few years to identify potentially deadly diseases in embryos. The technology has become so advanced that now doctors can not just spot potential diseases, but they can actually get enough information from an embryonic cell that they can identify thousands of characteristics of a single embryo.
Well, this day has finally arrived. Genetically engineered human beings and designer children born to parents who can afford to pay the fees.
And make no bones about it, this will happen.
The next question is; “Will this new technology be made available to the masses?”
What do you think?
In a related note, Technological Singularity advocate Michael Anissimov’s blog Accelerating Future has a recent post in which a commentor mentions ectogenesis; The growing of a fetus in an artificial womb outside of a biological body.
This poses an ethical question that if the technology becomes economically viable, will abortions due to unwanted children become illegal again?
And if the reasons for abortion become moot, who, or what will raise these children if the parent(s) refuse to raise them?
Who pays the cost of growing the fetus to maturation, the State/taxpayers, or the unwilling parent(s)?
These issues, like the designer children, are already here.
Witness the Octo-Mom media spectacle/circus/carnival and the results so far.
One of the main reasons I started this blog originally was to discuss Transhumanism and the ramifications for society.
I have strayed from that over the past 22 months because I found other subjects that seemed more important at the time. And issues of the NWO, esoteric symbolism, UFOs and alternate history will continue to draw my attention.
But needless to say, I still consider myself a transhumanist in an offhand kind of way because I’m still living and breathing due to technologies that were once considered impossible 30 short years ago. There were no ghosts, evil spirits, grey aliens, tricksters, possessions, priests, ministers or exorcisms involved in keeping me alive.
Just good old fashioned human research and tech.
And maybe a little luck.
Now according to the Multiverse Theory, we inhabit many parallel Universes at once, in fact, infinite.
Many possibilities exist at the same time, all it takes is for an event to be witnessed/measured in order to make it “real.” And just that very act alone causes an infinite number of “branches/possibilities” to come about.
Could there be an untold amount of parallel “Universes” in which I didn’t survive the operation?
According to many quantum theorists, yes.
Is this “woo-woo” mysticism writ large? A secular religion? Impossible?
Or just plain bullshit to calm the sheeple who couldn’t understand it anyway?
Many other theorists say yes to that.
If there really is such a thing as Transhumanism, perhaps these fundemental questions of existence can be answered.
Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists that sweeps away one of the key objections to the mind boggling and controversial idea.
|Time travellers: David Tennant as Doctor Who with Billie Piper as Rose|
The work has wider implications since the idea of parallel universes sidesteps one of the key problems with time travel. Every since it was given serious lab cred in 1949 by the great logician Kurt Godel, many eminent physicists have argued against time travel because it undermines ideas of cause and effect to create paradoxes: a time traveller could go back to kill his grandfather so that he is never born in the first place.
But the existence of parallel worlds offers a way around these troublesome paradoxes, according to David Deutsch of Oxford University, a highly respected proponent of quantum theory, the deeply mathematical, successful and baffling theory of the atomic world.
He argues that time travel shifts between different branches of reality, basing his claim on parallel universes, the so-called “many-worlds” formulation of quantum theory.
The new work bolsters his claim that quantum theory does not forbid time travel. “It does sidestep it. You go into another universe,” he said yesterday, though he admits that there is still a way to go to find schemes to manipulate space and time in a way that makes time hops possible.
If one believes the Internet legend/myth of John Titor, a visitor from 2036, the device that was inside the “trunk” of the Corvette he drove utilized a “micro-singularity”, which used Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity of Gravitation to bend space-time.
Also quantum tunnelling is another possible method.
As I have noted in previous posts and other writers have mentioned in published journels, if one is able to travel into the past, it’s not really the traveller’s world-line they’re going to, it’s one that closely matches their own. As mentioned in the article, this cancels out the Grand-parent Paradox.
Alot of physicists still dispute the “multi-verse” theory. As mathematical evidence keeps mounting, one can’t keep denying the evidence.
Maybe that’s why the neocons claim they can manufacture reality?