a reply to: digital01anarchy
First of all, I should state that I have about as much belief in Titor or his pronouncements, as I do in the existence of a species entirely and
exclusively constructed of candyfloss and discarded prophylactics.
However, to state such without giving my reasons would be idiotic and incomplete, and so an explanation follows:
When a person makes a statement under most circumstances, it can be viewed through various filters, lenses of thought if you will.
The primary focusing array of truth, in my opinion anyway, is science. Although I am a man of faith myself, for matters pertaining to the physical
universe and what can and cannot occur within it, science is the flashlight with which I tend to illuminate the dusty basement of possibility, so as
not to stumble into the cobweb of nonsense, or get a foot stuck in the rat trap of the illogical.
When one examines Titor's claims with a scientific mind, several issues come to light. First of all, are the laws of physics, and his claim that his
machine, for all that it is tiny and insignificant in size, can draw down enough power to alter the nature of space and time to such a degree, that it
becomes porous, or that this effect can be controlled in any way with the apparatus as suggested, having as it does, no obvious counter, display or
other visualisation interface mechanism. For example, if I want to go back twenty seconds in a video on a computer, I can use the slider at the bottom
to skip forward or backward a precise amount. Some systems even allow one to type in the exact second and minute that one wants to view from. His
device appears not to have that level of control, or anything remotely similar thereto.
So to get into the physics just a little... Bent space is not uncommon. All matter having any kind of mass apportioned to it, bends space time, from
the smallest of things, to the very largest. It has been suggested at times and by various people, that simply to move in space time at light speed,
would require as much energy as exists in the universe in the first place, or some obscene amount at any rate.
The energy requirements to poke a hole in the fabric of space and time, and pop out the other side of that gap intact therefore, would have to be
UTTERLY ridiculous, because this is not just moving a physical object we are talking about, but actually punching a hole in the fabric of space and
time, connecting that hole to another location on the timeline, punching another hole there, and keeping it stable enough to actually move through.
There simply is not the energy required to produce this effect, and furthermore, no advance in technology will improve upon that scenario, because
there are only finite resources of energy in the universe with which to work the effect, and those resources are not enough.
So that is one matter (hehe) out of the way.
Then you have the narrative. Lets ignore the idea that a man used an impossibly small device to produce an effect that in all probability requires
more energy to make it work than the universe contains...
When one tells a lie, there are quite a few ways to make it believable. One of the ways to do this, is to make being proven honest, reliant on
information which is not, or cannot be known by laypersons. For example, if I tell you that I am from a dimension in which everyone speaks in only the
finest English, the human race is spread across the entire galaxy already and in which we are feared by all other galactic communities, BUT that
proving it would require this dimensions humans to have developed technology which does not yet exist, in order to examine the universe for evidence
of the transit point between my original reality and this one, I can at least fool the unwary and less well scientifically educated.
Which brings me on to the next important element of spinning nonsense to people. Choosing ones audience is vital. With a tale such as Titor's, no
scientifically astute individual worth their salt is going to buy, either at face value or upon examination, the story he spun. That is not what one
aims to do with a nonsense as large as the one he perpetrated. He was aiming for a certain cross section of society, who love science fiction but
actually HATE science. Regardless of the potential reason one might have for disliking science as a concept or community, or as a subject in school
more probably, the effects are that a person who holds that dislike is unlikely to actually have the tools to dissect a yarn about time travel,
without becoming utterly confounded by their own lack of knowledge on the subject of physics. All one has to do therefore, is make the elements of
ones tale which have nothing to do with science, sound reasonable, plausible. For example, I am sure that Mr Titor suggested that certain lies would
be told by government representatives, that certain conflicts would arise at certain times, that certain industries would suffer certain problems in
times to come and so on.
However, those things are red herrings in the extreme, because first and foremost, they take attention away from the scientific evidence (which
cannot lie to us), and places the attention of the listener or reader on the potential that the story may be "proven in time" by the unfolding of
events according to a certain timetable. What is even better, is if you can sell the idea that certain elements of timing may be different in this
timeline, as it has already been imperceptibly, but irredeemably altered by his arrival. This stock market crash may come five years later, and this
war may feature different players, lower or higher body count, and so on. This makes it possible for ANY mentioned thing, war, stock market issues,
political gamesmanship and scandal, any mentioned thing to be held up as proof of concept, when it holds about as much weight as a cold read from a
All he has done in suggesting that certain things will happen, is taken a look at world history, current affairs, and made some reasonable
assumptions based on two main factors, these being that first of all, human history is full of repetition, and secondly the ability to make educated
guesses as to which players might be involved in the next cycle of clusterbangery, given the current situation.
I hate to say it, but this website has produced more accurate predictions about world affairs, than Mr Jon Titor ever has, and more reliably too.
The last and most important thing that a person has to do to pull off a lie like this, is either state or imply that those who believe him have
something that other people do not, some desirable thing, some quirk of mentality which sets them apart and above other people, a preparedness for the
future perhaps, or some other similar virtue. Unfortunately, this is simply an exploit of a trait which is certainly held by a few, but not
necessarily a virtue. Gullibility. Without wishing to be harsh, this factor more than any other, is what permits a liar to become a hoaxer, more than
any other thing.
When a person eschews science, they eschew reason. Science is not an ideology, it is a process, and one without which our lives would be far harder,
our ability to find our place in the universe far smaller, and the road to finding that place more harrowing and confusing. It is also the sort of
tool that cuts through nonsense like Titor spouts, to the heart of reality.