In recent days, I happened upon an online post from a user named “dh1” that I felt was refreshing and merited comment here. Because his comments mirror my own longstanding stance on a variety of topics, namely how to investigate the Question and come to defensible conclusions thereof, I felt it was important to get the word out about his insight, ya know?
I have provided some of his more salient points below with my comments. Perhaps you can consider this a small glimpse or preview into COATT II. Enjoy
An independent filmmaker asked me some weeks ago this question. This is my answer.
As of this writing (January 2017), the John Titor/TimeTravel_0 story has been with us for 17 years (and arguably much longer). And, putting it mildly, the discussions surrounding those 17-year old posts continue with almost unabated momentum.
Why? Why do the posts of an anonymous person(s) of nearly two decades old continue to garner such discussion and passion?
Over the years, there have been many online discussions concerning TimeTravel_0 and they typically fall into the following general categories:
- Was John Titor real?
- Which predictions did he get right/wrong?
- Who was John Titor?
These three questions have been asked, in a variety of forms and in a variety of formats, for nearly 20 years now (My God, has it been that long?). Thus far, I have seen scant evidence that the online discussion has progressed beyond these three basic questions and, in recent weeks, I have been reminded of this. I am extremely encouraged that the conversation is happening at all, but the stagnation and lack of forward progress beyond these three, very basic and very boring, questions is depressing. Have we really not progressed beyond them? Are you not bored?
An observation of current events as compared to the statements of a man named John Titor
Once upon a time, a small tribe of fleas lived upon the surface of the Earth. They existed and survived by feeding upon whatever small detritus and debris they could find in their immediate vicinity. I’m not sure what fleas eat, but whatever it is, this little tribe of fleas was able to eke out a meager existence and survive from one generation to the next.
Since the recent elections, I have been inundated with numerous emails and other comments asking what the election of Donald Trump must mean within the context of the TimeTravel_0 posts.
I have demurred from responding to these questions but have since decided to respond here. I hope those many who have reached out to me seeking comment take this essay to heart and allow it to deepen their own understanding of the Question before us all.
Conviction of a Time Traveler was published in November of 2010. It was, and continues to be, the only documented investigation into the question whether Timetravel_0 (aka John Titor) was a real “time traveler.”
I am both proud and sad to report that no other person professing an interest or curiosity in this Question has been able to follow or improve upon the findings documented in Conviction of a Time Traveler.
In the years since publication (has it been six years only/already?) my participation online has gone from active participation and debate to banishment to the wilderness. To say that this arc has been a learning experience into the psychology of man would be an understatement. How unexpected and yet fully predictable it was to discover that people are generally not interested in new ideas or new ways of looking at old ideas. Instead, I discovered that the echo chamber has no exits. A hard lesson to learn and one many before me learned, sometimes with disastrous results.
Sir Francis Bacon
In furtherance of the Question that distracts us from our daily tasks, I have discovered that the answers to this Question do not reside in the typical paradigms that we are so familiar with. I was surprised as anyone upon my slow realization that the reality of ‘time travel’ does not necessarily fit within the framework of secret government projects or eccentric white-haired scientists. No, the stage upon which the time travel Question rests is indeed much larger than anyone, even I, ever suspected.
I listen to Mysterious Universe from time to time and ran across this article by Nick Redfern about an experience by Philip K Dick.
A nice reminder that hidden gears will persist, whether we are aware of them or not…
The archeologist enjoyed the quiet. It was a different kind of quiet than what one might find on an empty city square. This quiet had depth.