Satire on False Perspective. William Hogarth (1754).

Again, those properties

Coincidences like the licence plate number of Franz Ferdinand’s death car being a reference to the end date of World War I suggest that history is a script. Evidence of reincarnation indicates that memories can be storied outside the body. The universe may not be what is appears to be. The scientific approach is to ignore these phenomena as they can’t be reproduced in a laboratory. That doesn’t make these things go away. This universe might be a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation. But perhaps there are other explanations for these phenomena. Most let go of time or the law of cause and effect.

Our usual way of perceiving events is that something happens on a certain place at a certain time. A place is seen as a constant as time passes. Events in the past have caused events in the present and events in the present cause events in the future. For example, the invasion of the Allies happened in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Normandy is still there but 6 June 1944 is history. The liberation of Western Europe from German occupation is seen as a consequence of D-Day. If D-Day hadn’t happened, history would have taken a different turn. We have time and cause and effect. That makes sense to us.

Some people claim that all points in time are connected in some other way than the past making the present possible and the present making the future possible. A psychiatrist named Karl Jung came up with the idea of a collective consciousness that connects all events via meaning. This could, for instance, explain the evidence of reincarnation. The collective consciousness can put the memories of a deceased person into someone else.

Others think of time as a dimension so that you travel to a time like you can travel to a place, even though nobody ever succeeded in doing that as far as we know. These ideas counter our notion of time as well as cause and effect but so does the theory of relativity. And the theory of relativity proved to be very useful so we consider it to be true.

A reference to the end date of World War I could end up on the licence plate of Franz Ferdinand’s death car because of some connection we do not yet know of. No plausible explanation is given as to what that connection that might be, but perhaps there is some property of the universe that is still unexplained. And maybe both are true. All points in time could be connected in some other way while the concept of causality also applies. Physicists have to work with queer phenomena that are hard to explain. For example, light behaves like particles but also like waves, but waves can’t be particles.

Alternatively, a time traveller could have gone back in time and put the number on the licence plate even though the theory of relativity doesn’t allow for that. Time travel to the future is possible but going back in time creates all kinds of logical problems. For instance, such an action would alter future events. Chaos theory suggests that even the slightest disturbance of the past can cause dramatic changes in the future so that the end date of World War I would change and perhaps the war wouldn’t even start.

So maybe we should let our imagination run free. Anything is possible if we can think of it and can corroborate it with experiments. That is the way science makes progress. A piece of fruit could be an apple as long as you look at it but turn into a banana as soon as you look the other way. And you can never be sure that an apple doesn’t become a banana when nobody watches. Scientists believe things like that if experiments confirm these beliefs. For instance, some particles turn into waves when you don’t observe them. And believing this can bring us energy or other things we desire.

An obvious explanation for the unexplained phenomena and peculiar coincidences like the licence plate number on Franz Ferdinand’s car is that this universe is a virtual reality created by an advanced civilisation. You don’t have to assume anything about the properties of our universe. You only have to believe that the technology to create virtual reality universes can be made cheap and that humans will use this technology once it becomes available. That makes more sense to the human mind than apples turning into bananas. But then again, it is dangerous to assume the obvious. If an apple really turns into a banana when you don’t watch then one plus one doesn’t have to equal two as long as you don’t solve the equation and this universe may be a virtual reality als long as you believe it.

Featured image: Satire on False Perspective. William Hogarth (1754). Public Domain.

The car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed

There is a plan for the future

On 28 June 1914 the Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in his car in Sarajevo. It was the act that triggered World War I. Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the throne of Austria, which was a large empire at the time. Austria held Serbia responsible and declared war. Both countries had allies so the war escalated and it became the first world war. World War I ended with the Armistice of 11 November 1918. 11 November can be written as 11-11. But there is something far more peculiar about this event. The car in which Franz Ferdinand was killed had licence plate number A III 118. This could mean Armistice 11-11-18.

The assassination succeeded after a series of mishaps. Two conspirators failed to act. A third threw a bomb that exploded below the next car. Franz Ferdinand then changed his plan to visit the wounded from the bombing at the hospital. After learning that the plot had failed, Princip positioned himself near a food shop on the route to the hospital. There he saw Franz Ferdinand’s open car reversing after having taken a wrong turn. The engine of the car stalled and the gears locked. This gave Gavrilo the opportunity to strike. He only fired two bullets without aiming well because he was hindered by the crowd, miraculously killing both the Archduke and his wife.1

Franz Ferdinand had premonitions of an early death. The accounts of these premonitions appear reliable. One relative mentioned that he had told some of his friends a month before his death that he knew that he was going to be murdered. According to another account the Archduke had shot a rare white stag a year earlier. It was widely believed that a hunter who killed such an animal, or one of his family members, would die within a year.1

Indeed, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was beset by some unusual coincidences, for example the car just stopping in front of Gavrillo, the only person still prepared to kill the Archduke, but the most striking one proved to be the licence plate number. Did someone already know in 1914 that Franz Ferdinand would be assassinated in this car, even though a few assassination attempts failed, and that this event would ignite a war that would end on 11 November 1918? There may be script running all events. If there was a plan for the future in 1914, there could be one in place now. This website attempts to make sense of the future. You can join me on this journey and make some interesting discoveries along the way.

Featured image: Gräf and Stift Double Phaeton ridden by the Archduke Franz Ferdinand at the time of his assassination. User OlliFoolish (2011). Wikimedia Commons.

1. Curses! Archduke Franz Ferdinand and His Astounding Death Car. Mike Dash (2013). Smithsonian. [link]