Could 'temporal tourism' be a thing? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 aussiegall
Is it possible that unidentified flying objects are piloted, not by aliens, but by our own future descendants ?
Ever since the term 'UFO' was coined, people around the world have been looking up at the stars wondering if our planet has ever been visited by intelligent extraterrestrial entities.
In his new book entitled 'Identified Flying Objects: A Multidisciplinary Scientific Approach to the UFO Phenomenon
', however, Michael Masters - a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Technological University - argues that UFOs may actually be piloted by our own future selves.
Certainly, it has long been argued that if time travel was possible at all, we should have already encountered visitors from the future.
Masters proposes that the entities that many people claim to have witnessed during UFO and alien abduction experiences may in fact be future time travelers (or 'extratempestrials'.)
"We know we're here. We know humans exist," he said. "We know that we've had a long evolutionary history on this planet. And we know our technology is going to be more advanced in the future."
"I think the simplest explanation, innately, is that it is us. I'm just trying to offer what is likely the most parsimonious explanation."
Masters also argues that the people of the future may simply be visiting our time to learn more about their own past - to study today's humans in the same way that one might study an extinct animal.
There could even be a 'temporal tourism' industry enabling people to go on holiday in the past.
"Undoubtedly in the future, there are those that will pay a lot of money to have the opportunity to go back and observe their favorite period in history," he said.
If there really are visitors from the future here in the present however, they do seem to be doing a surprisingly good job of staying out of the way.
Source: Space.com | Comments (79)
UFO, Alien, Time Travel