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Time-Traveling UFOnauts?

Just recently, long-time friend, ufological author, publisher and observer of the saucer scene, Tim Green Beckley, emailed me to say he was working on a new book on the controversial issue of time-travel. Tim asked me: would I be interested in contributing a paper to the book? “Well, of course I would!” I replied. And, now, the book is available to one and all. Its title: Plans for Time Travel Machines That Really Work: How to Move Through Time and Space.

Over the years I have heard more than a few stories, theories and suggestions that, just perhaps, our presumed extraterrestrial visitors may not be quite so extraterrestrial, after all. Maybe they’re us. But not us from now, if you see what I’m getting at. Instead, maybe they are from times still yet to come. Yeah, I know, it’s all a big mind-f**k. But, it’s still a matter worth addressing, no matter how many headaches it gives us!

Without doubt, one of the most intriguing theories that suggests a time-travel component to the UFO puzzle came to me from good mate, and prolific author and researcher, Joshua P. Warren. Josh has developed a very interesting scenario that places one of the most controversial aspects of the subject firmly into a time-surfing context. It’s one of my favorite of all paranormal puzzles: the Men in Black.

In an interview I did with him a couple of years ago, Josh said of the darkly-clad, sinister visitors: “Why do the MIB dress like this? Why do we call them the Men in Black? Well, if a man puts on a black suit, with a black hat and walks down the street in 1910, and you see that man, you would probably notice him. But, would you think there was anything too extraordinary, or too out-of-place about him? No: you probably would not.

“And if you saw a man walking down the street in 2010 wearing a black suit and a black hat, would you notice him? Probably, yes. But, would you think you think there was necessarily anything too extraordinary? No. And that’s why in and around the whole 20th Century, it just so happens that the black suit and the black hat will work for them.”

Thus, in Josh’s notable scenario, the MIB dress in such a fashion to ingeniously allow them to blend in, no matter what era of the past century or so they might be visiting at any given moment. But what of times before, say, the dawning of the twentieth century? How might the MIB have camouflaged themselves back then? Josh has a few ideas about that too:

“If you were to go back into the 1600s or 1700s, there would be a different wardrobe that would work within the broadest range. I don’t know what that wardrobe is, but I feel confident that if I sat down with a historian who was extremely knowledgeable of the fashions from those past periods, and who also understood the concept that I’m talking about, we could probably come up with a dress that the Men in Black may have worn at various points throughout history, in order to give them the widest range to work within at any given time.”

But, if the Men in Black are indeed some form of future-humans, then why are they so interested in the past? Or, rather, our present? Josh muses on the possibility that perhaps rather than being the bad guys that many perceive them to be, the MIB are actually something along the lines of time-cops, whose role it is to ensure that past, present and future are not thrown into flux by reckless time-travelers who soar around the skies of our time in futuristic vehicles that we perceive as alien spacecraft.

Josh says of this scenario: “If you have a situation in which the timelines are being constantly changed in an unauthorized way, by some of these para-temporal travelers, from far in the future, then obviously you’re going to have these Men in Black pop up there to try to get the timeline situation under control. And that’s why, when you take something like what happened at Point Pleasant in the 1960s, we have a variety, a whole spectrum, of paranormal activity and strange creatures, and then the Men in Black suddenly appear.”

Josh concludes: “So, it could be that the Men in Black follow all this stuff around; that’s their job. Not that they are causing these things to happen, but they’re alerted to it when there’s a dangerous timeline issue that needs to be corrected. They’re not necessarily the bad-guys at all; they might be doing damage control, and maybe that includes warning and silencing witnesses to protect the time-travel secret. They might be weird, and they might look weird, but their overall mission may be just to keep order and protect the timelines.”

The MIB as good guys, after all? Now wouldn’t that be a twist?!

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  • David Feliciano

    More like the observers from FRINGE!!!

  • not even wrong

    I agree with you if we are discussing time travel as a linear event. There was a comic strip that showed a person going back in time and since he was in the same spot he ended up in outer space since the earth/solar system wasn’t where it was when he started. However, if you look at time travel based on quantum theories then going back in time to change a time line might take you on a different path but the original path still follows it’s own course. So changes you make impact your time line but not the original time line you went back to change.

  • Quantum mechanics and the many worlds interpretation points to paradoxes such as the matricide paradox as non-existent. For instance if you succeeded in matricide you would only create a timeline where a raving lunatic (you) killed a woman and then disappeared, meanwhile the timeline where you were born and no time travel happened is still alive and well. The MIB could be coming back to make sure that we inhabit a certain set of timelines and don’t head down the road of a timeline they might not be able to get to.

  • Micah Hanks

    I too have wrestled with the “time travel” theory as it may pertain to some UFO phenomenon. In my new book, “The UFO Singularity,” rather than adopting the view that beings from the future literally travel here in time machines, I have wondered instead whether some UFO phenomenon (and in truth, perhaps other varieties of Fortean phenomenon) might not stem from what we could call something akin to anomalous “temporal inconsistencies,” or physical circumstances capable of producing inexplicable rents in temporality and space-time. It is beyond the scope of the present discussion to presume how or why such a “time-slip” might occur (borrowing another popular term for the phenomenon here), but I still think that there is at least the potential existent which, rather than presenting us with actual “time travel,” could nonetheless present circumstances that might allow present-day humans to perceive both events from the past (i.e. ghosts and traditional reports of “time slips” that generally favor past events), and perhaps events or objects stemming from our temporal future as well. Could some UFO phenomenon constitute the latter? Who knows…

    One big issue we’re left to deal with, if the latter were in fact the case, would be the apparent thermodynamic “arrow” of time. In other words, entropic forces prevent us from perceiving the future, although the human brain can certainly store memories of the past. As much as I dislike many of Stephen Hawking’s other theories (namely his dismissive attitude toward UFO phenomenon), he seems to be spot-on in his determinations as to why humans can’t perceive “memories of the future,” to borrow Mr. von Daniken’s terminology. Thermodynamic laws and, namely, that little hiccup we call entropy seem to disallow that… but if the temporal past nonetheless remains accessible in some way (even if only to memory, and of course, through physical mediums like film and photos), then how does this logic pertain to future humans, whose mastery of nanotechnologies, etc, may allow them a greater degree of control over the manipulation of temporality? If these beings could influence their own past, how would you or I perceive it today? And furthermore, if advanced science of the future one day discovers ways to overcome things like entropy, will so called “perfectly efficient” machines allow humans to begin to perceive aspects of the future, either through things like advanced A.I., or maybe even synthetic enhancement of physical human bodies?

    It provides some food for thought, at very least… although I don’t think any of what I’m discussing here really constitutes the traditional notion of “time travel” by any means. Nonetheless, certain future technologies that may evade temporality and time, essentially, as we know it today, may indeed have an influence over various observable phenomenon humans are capable of witnessing today… and these would no doubt be referred to by the likes of Nick Redfern and I as being “high strangeness.”

  • Trogdor

    Whether you call it time travel , time slips or temporal hic-ups, you are left with the same theoretical problems. If you travel back in time and actually reconnect with your own past, it implies that there are at least two copies of the universe – one in the present and the one in the past which you bumped into. How many copies of the universe must there be? Presumably one for every Plank constant of time. How are they connected? That is, why should changing a past copy affect a future copy?

    You see the difficulty in trying to actually model the Hollywood scenario.

    As far as we can tell, there is only one universe which we can interact with.

    “not even wrong” is correct in that all time travel stories tend to assume that you travel in the other three dimensions as well so as to land safely on the earth.

    As far as Quantum Mechanics parallel universe theorems are concerned, QM is only applicable to the atomic and subatomic levels. It does not scale any higher. So you can talk about parallel probabilities of an electron’s position, but not of the parallel probabilities of a dust spec.

  • R. A.

    Quantum phenomena have been observed in macro objects. See Aaron O’Connell’s 2011 TED talk.

  • J.Griffin

    I notice how much pop-fiction/fantasy terminology&references seems to be
    the only way most people can conceptualize and express
    what they consider to be the “unknown”…