First, some background. Wednesday is "Conspiracy Theory Wednesday" around my house. We pick a conspiracy theory and research it. If there's documentaries, we watch it. If there's articles online, we dig them up. The idea of CTW is simple. Treat the conspiracy theory as though it were fact for one day. Try to find every way to make it fit reality. By doing this we can get a better understanding of the angles people will try to defend it from, and then it also makes it easier to debunk the conspiracies on any other day.
So I'm going to try to start putting up my Wednesday posts as CTW posts. It's representative of something I do 1 day every week, that's 52 days a year. So it's a big part of who I am. It's not exactly programming related, but it's a little bit of fun and a decent break.
Today's conspiracy is Black Hole Ripples.
Calling it a "conspiracy" isn't exactly accurate given that the link I just posted is from NASA. But they aren't 100% proven and no one has really looked into the consequences of what they mean.
Black Hole Ripples are the energy waves that emit from a black hole as it absorbs other objects. They are like ripples in an pond when a rock is dropped in, except there's no matter in space to ripple. The Black Holes are creating ripples in space and time.
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Since space and time are physically being shifted in a ripple style pattern, we can examine lots of other possibilities. If you consider these ripples to be like the crest and trough of an ocean wave, then you might consider that we are constantly shifting in space and time on an elliptical pattern as these waves pass over the earth.
Without looking into the "space" part of that equation, we have to note that this means that we're shifting back and forth in time. If these waves can cross-section the earth at different angles and from different directions, then it's likely that occasionally we'll see entire groups of people having similar time shifts at the same moment. In practice, however, we generally see individuals, not groups, who experience any sense of time having changed. If this is the case, we must also include the possibility that some human beings are more sensitive to time than others.
Time is already affected by gravity, as we've discovered by leaving the planet. Our clocks in our satellites are slightly faster than those on the ground. So exploring time shifts as a result of something as massive in terms of gravity as a black hole should not seem strange.
In oceanography, a rogue wave is just a matter of waves crossing. Basically, a wave with a long trough may overlap a wave with a short trough, and then their troughs and crests combine and make the occasional larger wave. If enough cross just right, you might get one really massive wave.
The question is, what might happen if this were to occur in space-time? that massive of a shift in space could do odd things to the earth itself, but what about in time?
In any case, that's CTW. Do your research and enjoy.