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  1. Reminds me of the Aokigahara forest in Japan, at the base of Mount Fuji. My speculation on this has been that these places might be emitting an inaudible frequency that sets off our paranoia or fear responses. This Wikipedia article has an interesting anecdote one the subject, and I consider it to be good evidence in favor of my theory.
  2. It makes sense - instead of declaring something no bueno, you lead people to believe it's in their own best interest to self-censor and prevent discussion on those topics. Even if this isn't an active conspiracy, there's a good chance it can evolve into one since the precedent's been set. Anyone in a position of power that can influence opinions (the media, basically) could start a modern witch hunt where people will burn themselves. It's setting my paranoia alight, which is a shame as I've been pretty calm for a while now.
  3. Reddit is a beautiful place. There's so many communities that are self-moderated and each is really represented of its userbase. Anyone can create a subreddit, but it takes a community to keep it alive. It's also a good source of news since all posts are user-added and come any source any reader might like. But writing prompts is one of my favorite places to look for quality reads when I'm short on time. If you've got longer, check out /r/libraryofshadows for some incredible stories.
  4. I would like to link to the Wikipedia article on the history of hearing aids. Some of the earlier models had an elongated shape (what we consider to be the candy bar profile for cell phones, now) and that many of these old videos could be nothing more than catching a passerby with nothing more than an early hearing aid.
  5. And thus a conspiracy to gain control over wells where cost of production was lower makes more sense. We produce a lot of oil but the methods are expensive. Staging a conspiracy to cause an invasion is a good excuse to get American muscle into countries where our mere presence alters the market - that's pretty devious. I'm not sure if I'm fully on-board but I do have a bit more respect for the theory now. Thanks for the summation.
  6. Exactly. We have control over at least one direction that time flows in, and that makes us powerful. It's why humans spend so much time as a species laboring for things they'll never get to use. All the people who contributed to human knowledge never got to see where it led us, and everything we do is for everyone that comes after us. It's why legacy is so important to people. As for what would happen if we could change the past or at the least pause the present, I'm not sure. I could see the present being paused as a much more viable mechanism that time travel into the past, though. If nothing else, whoever controlled that machine wouldn't ever lose out on sleep again.
  7. Not really, no, but it's not like a solid body. Think of it like a whirlpool, just spherical - the outer portions spin much faster than the inner portion. Jupiter and any other gaseous bodies rotate like this too, as far as I know. The only bodies that rotate at a constant speed are solid bodies like Earth, Mars, Mercury, and Venus.
  8. The first part makes a lot more sense, and some files show that the CIA had information involving 9/11 as far back as 98. Not preventing an attack is more our speed than creating one. FDR mysteriously moved most of our fleet to Pearl Harbor before that attack, and it's likely he was inviting an attack to get into the war (the US was a lot more isolationist at the time and wanted no part of WWII, not to mention many powerful people supported the Nazis) as well as justify a metric tonne of money to get a new fleet with advanced aircraft carriers. As for oil, the US has been producing lots of oil for ages now. The Alaskan pipeline produces so much oil, most of which goes into military reserve instead of seeing public consumption. While oil is lucrative, and it's entirely possible some big dogs in the oil industry might have staged a conspiracy, I think it's wee bit farfetched to say that Da Gumment did it. Industries doing so definitely has some precedent - anyone look up the Banana Republic conspiracy lately?
  9. The Days of Future Past movie was good, but I do find their vision of time travel challenging. They're sending the mind to the past, which on the surface seems like a more valid method of transport than sending a whole person. But on the other hand, the past and present coexisting until the traveler wakes up? It seems off to me. If they're coexisting, wouldn't that make the future change literally by the second? I don't know. It was a good movie though, and definitely worth watching if you're a fan of the Marvel movies.
  10. From what I know of the Annunaki, they were beings that came here at some far distant point in the past in search of rare minerals. They created the earliest humans in an attempt to create a reasonably intelligent worker to mine for them, but that the Annunaki would take to bed with them and this led to the more intelligent species coming along later (this is possibly vaguely referenced in the tales of Enoch and some of Noah's adventures) which eventually took on enough life of their own as a species to pose a threat to the aliens. I've never heard much of them supposedly eating humans, but I do recall Inanna/Ishtar being a bit bonkers, and liking human sacrifice. If that was her interests the cannibalism could easily have been part of their rituals, and may have inspired traditions that lived on until relatively recently through cultures such as the Aztecs. If there was cannibalism involved, I doubt it had much significance to their essence, but more likely just one of the strange rituals associated with Inanna.
  11. Actually, that was just an example. I've had a very normal, traditional life. xD I just mean, that while the past has happened, has run its course from one point to the next, it is what it is. But human perception of the past can be altered with new information, and that altered perception of reality is just as valid as the original course of events until proven otherwise. So time is even more confusing because we're experiencing it through a faulty biological lens.
  12. Another aspect about lying, on a personal level, is that it's easier to tell the truth about everything. Tell the truth about things even when it might cause you a minor inconvenience, or get you in small trouble. Because when you need to lie, to avoid something disastrous, nobody who knows you will think you're lying. You've established so much back credibility that you get a nearly defacto pass for any lie you'll need to tell. As far as governments go, that policy is already dead. They lost out on that chance as early as the Roswell Incident, and trying to change that now would be paddling a canoe backwards in white water.
  13. What about the other way around? I could be Typhoid Mary and the Trojan horse all rolled into one, spreading modern antibacterial-resistant diseases to people who've never been vaccinated for the disease at all. It could be just as disastrous as when Europeans first made contact with the Americas.
  14. One interesting model I've seen for the universe takes a toroid shape, and the implications for that are interesting. It's kind of hard to visualize but it would have many of the same 'infinite' effects but at the same time have a definable shape and boundary. Something to think about at least.
  15. This would be the harder part because of all of the variables involved. Is the time traveller stuck in this time period? Does his machine work anymore, to prevent him going back? Would it even have the capability of transporting more than one person? It would be the easiest in theory but hardest in practice and there's all sorts of weasel tactic excuses a phony could use to get around that. The mathematical problem idea is extremely, extremely good though. If he's a phony, but provides a real solution to the problem, he's done a good thing in a bad way. On the other hand, if the time traveler provided the solution, you get the same result but the implications are different. In the former case, you'd have to have further proof, but then again you'd also have to have further proof from the time traveler as well.
  16. There's some thought that because our universe is expanding, we're still on the early side of its lifespan. One day, it'll reach an apex, and then begin to contract eventually returning to a point where it will be as small as it was when the Big Bang happened, thus meaning our universe exists in cycles of expansion and contraction.
  17. The biggest issue I have is that the very action of them coming back could be all it takes to prevent the things they know as history from happening entirely. Any predictions they'd make could be half-true or false at all in that case, and it's because they came back in time that the events even changed. I really don't know how you could get around that. Unless you try one of my other ideas, which is to predict a natural disaster.
  18. First things first, I'd probably worry about disease. But really, I'd probably enjoy the bit of time I'd have before World War 1 started as best I could. Even if I was careful, I could easily get conscripted and shipped over. Imagine going through all of that trouble, just to die in a war? Worst time travel movie ever.
  19. At the least, we'd be able to get a better understanding of how creatures we don't consider sentient think. If you could record and translate a dog's thoughts into something we understand, it'd probably blow a lot of established psychology out of the water. I suppose I was being a bit optimistic with my speculation, but I'm hoping the flatworm might at least be a key to mind-based virtual reality.
  20. Control the secrets, control the world. I think the major reason people didn't think the NSA was spying on us was because the technology seemed far fetched. I'm still boggled by the amount of hard storage the NSA has to have just to keep all of the text based communications, let alone them logging any audio or video feeds. With aliens, people more or less don't believe that they exist. If they were to show up and basically hand us the keys to a space ship, it'd be a lot different. We'd have some factions clamoring to get off this rock, some who'd want to go with the aliens if possible, and others who'd try to make sure we'd do none of the above. It's pretty complicated, at the least but I find it amusing to talk about.
  21. s I completely agree. Some of that made my brain go numb, but I feel my stance on the subject fits the general outline of what you're saying. It's ever changing (especially so if space itself is expanding) and thus we are unable to do more than guess at its nature even as we come to terms with the fact we may be never able to understand it anyways. And if we guess right, it could reasonably be thought that we'll never be able to prove it. Somehow we're so minute but so macroscopic at the same time, and it's just going to confound us for a long time.
  22. It's more complicated than just saying panic will ensure - and I don't think that's the case at all. The question is, what aspect of the public knowing this information scares our governments the most? Are they worried about some kind of revolution? What kind of repercussions would widespread knowledge of aliens have? With all those question marks, I feel like my avatar is more relevant than ever. I don't know if there has been major contact yet. I suspect if there has been, it's been very limited - from the alien's side, not ours. It's more likely that the aliens are the ones being cautious because we're a warlike, nearly schizophrenic species, and they'd have no way of knowing how we'd react as a species to their presence. We're kind of xenophobic by nature so it stands to reason they're either letting us into the fold gently or trying to keep us from going postal on them.
  23. I think humanity is going to find out that going to the future is like walking down a sidewalk - you'll be there when you get there, and that's all there is to it. And trying to go back in time will be like repaving the sidewalk every time you want to walk down it. We'd be stuck in a perpetual time loop of going back and changing things, until somebody starts slicing off any fingers that touch the 'Go!' button.
  24. The present exists in a constant state of flux. Even our second-to-second existence changes based solely on our own perception, which (for humans) is the only means of understanding the universe around us. Existence only exists so far as we've defined it, and since we push the boundaries every day there's no real way to say for sure what is or isn't. It's like growing up, and finding out on your 18th birthday that you're adopted. The past is more or less intact, but it changed simply because the way you perceived it did. And since the future is in the same state of flux the present is, there's no way to know for sure what will be, even if you did theoretically have a time machine.
  25. You can make most of it with a good pair of shears and some duct tape. You'll need a small pile of parts from the hardware store, and maybe some parts you'll have to get online, but it assembles quickly and is designed to be easy to make. Most of the actual frame is a single piece of cardboard just folded strategically.
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