Time, Kant, Lee Smolin, and UFOs
In a passel of new books I got this week (personal writings of Wilhelm Reich, The Illustrated Guide to God, Greatest Mysteries of the Unexplained, The Cave Painters, Tim Hebert’s recommendation The Big Bang, et cetera) is Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin [Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston/New York, 2014].
Smolin’s treatise is about the reality of time; he counters the prevailing view of most physicists and philosophers (and people generally) that time is an illusion.
I shall provide more on his book and the topic upcoming but want to note here that Smolin, like many others in physics, refers to Emmanuel Kant, a favorite of my academic pal, Bryan Sentes.
(Bryan, who, while a poet, and polymath and has an honours degree in philosophy, is gaga about Kant.)
I am loath to be gaga about Kant, knowing a little about his personal peccadilloes and mired mistakes (some of which I’ll present in my Smolin piece).
The point I’m trying to make here, is that one can’t talk about time-travel in regard to UFOs without a smidgen, at least, of Kantian philosophy or Smolin dialectic, along with a patina of knowledge about quantum cosmology, Einsteinian relativity, and other relevant materials.
But time-travel has to be considered in the search for a UFO explanation, if one accepts my view that extraterrestrials would be daffy to keep showing up in this lowly planet’s airspace in the numbers indicated by the raft of UFO reports over the years and still.