The Strange Theory That Aliens Are Living in Black Holes | Unveiled

The Strange Theory That Aliens Are Living in Black Holes | Unveiled

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In this video, Unveiled takes a closer look at the Transcension Hypothesis! This is the incredible theory that alien life DOES exist... it's just that it's SO much more advanced than we are that it lives on another dimension, and has already mastered the power of black holes!

The Strange Theory That Aliens Are Living In Black Holes

Life can survive some staggeringly extreme conditions. Even just on Earth, extremophiles can cope with massive amounts of pressure, temperature, radiation, and energy. So when we consider where alien life could be hiding in the universe, should we also be looking into seemingly impossible locations?

This is Unveiled, and today we’re taking a closer look at the strange theory that aliens are living in black holes.

There are many possible reasons for the so-called Fermi Paradox, the apparent discrepancy between the number of aliens predicted in the universe, which is lots…. and the number we’ve actually encountered, which is none. For example, the Dark Forest Theory suggests that all beings that are intelligent enough might also be hiding from each other, out of a kind of abundance of cosmic caution. As to how intelligent any of these potentially hidden groups could be? It depends on the scales and measures you choose to follow. As per the popular Kardashev Scale, the most intelligent civilizations rule over whole galaxies, so you might think that it would be hard for them to hide anywhere, and therefore that perhaps the Dark Forest wouldn’t apply. Going by one of the best known alternative models, however - the physicist John Barrow’s scale of Micro Dimensional Mastery - it might actually be that advancement comes as civilizations learn to master not the largest but the smallest forms of matter. Instead of taking up more and more space, the cleverest aliens just become more efficient with the space they have. And the Dark Forest becomes more of a possibility, again.

One theory especially fuses this idea of aliens hiding from us through their mastery of smaller domains. The Transcension Hypothesis was formulated by the futurist John M. Smart. It argues that the reason we don’t see aliens is because they’ve transcended our physical universe. They exist on another plane entirely, known as Inner Space. Inner Space is a far more optimal and efficient dimension than our own, consisting of smaller forms of matter and energy. It’s like Reality 2.0, from our perspective. A defining feature of the Transcension Hypothesis, though, is that it also says that beings that advance enough to enter Inner Space have no remaining incentive to go back and contact less intelligent life. On a natural, fundamental level, they would never want or need to speak to us again.

There are some broader reasons why communication links would break down (or never appear) in this model, though. For example, one idea is that if advanced civilizations began sending messages or probes to relatively primitive life like ours from Inner Space… they would then risk influencing and damaging our own technological progression. Instead, it’s proposed that it would be better to allow life to evolve on its own and make its own unique discoveries… to avoid the possibility of every civilization turning out the same, with the same science and achievements, and with nothing by way of diversity. The Transcension Hypothesis suggests, then, that we haven’t met alien life yet because a) we’re not intelligent enough to get to their level, and b) because transcended groups have never (and will never) reach out. The underlying argument of the hypothesis is always, though, that civilizations naturally progress to smaller and smaller scales of space, time, energy, and matter. And so, there’s a clear path toward black holes, with Smart himself referring to them as potentially a “developmental destiny”.

Black hole life isn’t only an offshoot of the Transcension Hypothesis, or even of modern science in general. It’s an idea that dates back to at least the mid-twentieth century, when the physicist Roger Penrose first proposed that black holes contain an enormous, nearly limitless, supply of energy. We know that Black Holes have a region around them called the Ergosphere, lying just outside the Event Horizon… and that any object that finds itself inside the ergosphere will be dragged through space at faster than lightspeed. But Penrose suggested that this energy could be used - via something now known as the Penrose Process - should an object be dropped into the ergosphere but then ejected out of it, after it had harvested net energy from the black hole.

In this way, it’s as though black holes are unrivaled energy stores, so it would make sense for the most advanced groups to live as close to them as possible. Black holes might reasonably be considered prime real estate in the universe. In fact, some physicists believe that black holes hold the potential to birth new universes entirely, such is their immeasurable power. The suggestion here is that when a black hole forms (by a star collapsing in on itself) it could be that the energy involved rebounds outward into what’s effectively another Big Bang - producing another universe on the other side of the singularity. So the theory goes. If aliens were living in black holes, then, they’d have perfectly positioned themselves along effective bridges between here and there. Again, although this time by slightly different means, they will have transcended this reality.

Of course, there’s some evidence to support all (or parts of) the hypothesis and some criticism against it. There’s certainly reason to think that advanced enough beings would invest in mastering smaller dimensions rather than larger. The Serbian astronomer Milan Cirkovic is another who has taken a closer look at this. In one 2008 study, he used models to determine how aliens would operate in two situations; one where they aimed to expand outward into space, known as an “Empire-State” model… and one where they instead optimize the space they have, in a “City-State” model. Cirkovic found that the Empire model rarely held together all that well, mostly because it quickly became too stretched… while the City model grew stronger and stronger. Zoom out, and City-State civilizations probably would be harder to spot, too, and especially if they grew intelligent enough to set up inside black holes. Consider even just humanity’s ambition toward nanotechnology that works at the atomic level… and there’s no doubt that such groups could be missed, easily allowing the Fermi Paradox to set in.

More broadly, the Transcension Hypothesis divides opinion. Critics say that it makes a number of assumptions in order to work. It assumes that life seemingly always develops towards the same particular goal all over the universe… that working across smaller domains is always the best strategy to reach that goal… and then that life can survive at such extremely small scales, as well, with black holes being a kind of end game. There’s also that concept of “Inner Space” to wrestle with. With something so seemingly fundamental to how an advanced group would work, it might easily take such an extraordinary amount of energy that it should be something that’s visible in space. But we have few candidates toward what that might be… unless the evidence of transcension is black holes themselves.

So, what’s your verdict? Does the Transcension Hypothesis ring true for you? Could black holes be an integral part of the theory… or do they remain just as mysterious as ever? For now, perhaps the main takeaway is the suggestion that to advance we should be looking more at the very small, and not the very big. Substitute the Kardashev Scale for Micro Dimensional Mastery and the road ahead might quickly become clearer and more achievable.

If there is a universal strategy for developing civilizations, we might currently be completely misaligned with it. And, were we to force ourselves back on track, it could be that our future homes will one day be found in (and around) the darkest and deadliest places in the universe, as we currently understand it. Because that’s the strange theory that aliens are living in black holes.