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We don't have an eternity

We don't have an eternity
  Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan
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Publicat Duminică, 25 Martie 2007, ora 18:27

       In the times of the old the Earth was imagined as flat, or having the shape of an up-side-down plate. Reaching the end of the world meant to pass into the god’s territory or to fall over the edge. Those were the times people didn’t thought of anything existing too far from their original places. Even Alexander the Great considered that he conquered the whole world when stepping out from Macedonia to Greece, Egypt, Persia and a part of India. The world was small and beyond known territories was nothing. It was just the end.
      Time passed by and people knowledge entitled them to affirm the Earth was not flat but round. And, as far as we are concerned, Magellan was the first man to prove the truth of the “round” theory. Well, it wasn’t exactly Magellan who died during the operation, but some of his crew. The world was round and the distances didn’t seem so small that they used to before.
      Yet, one day, a famous SF writer, Jules Verne, wrote an interesting book. The characters of this book succeeded circumnavigate the globe within 80 days (79, if we consider they won a day by heading east). That idea was a major breakthrough. The distances started shrinking once again, like Alice in Wonderland.
      In our days, it is a few hours trip to go from Tokyo to London or from Sidney to Sankt Petersburg. We have the world to our little finger; but there is another place. A place that makes distances all over the Earth seem insignificant.
      The Universe.
      We succeeded reaching the Moon, and this is a few days trip. A little longer to reach Mars.
      But how about reaching the nearest star, Alpha Centauri? THAT would take years.
      Yet years were necessary in our earlier days to go from Karakorum to Cuzco. Couldn’t it be a way to “cut off the road”?
      SF artists presented many theories, some looking like fantasies and some trying to be scientific. I personally enjoyed that “spice theory” used in Dune for being original. Many others deserve applause for their content. But now it is generally accepted that we can travel throughout the universe using “wormholes”, “hyperspace”. Is it really possible?
      The existence of black holes was indeed proven. Well, no-one fell in a black hole yet, though the theory and astronomic observations try to persuade us that those “things” exist. And knowing the compensation law in physic, we should agree there are some “white holes” somewhere else, corresponding to those black holes. A black hole swallows everything, while a white hole should spit out everything. We have an Entrance we have an Exit; the path it’s clear. As a hypothesis it works. No one tried it for real. It is only unlikely that someone should resist without being torn apart. More than that, who can guarantee us the place of our arrival? We enter a black hole, get out through a white hole and… where are we? Of course, we can establish our position in the universe and try to make a map of those paths throughout the universe. But how can we go back? We have to find another black hole to guide us to another white hole – god knows where – and so on till we get bored… or worst.
      The black hole-white hole theory leads us to one-way roads.
      Which would be kind of annoying, to put it gently.

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