The Missing Equation: God Doesn’t Play Dice; He Sets the Parameters. (Part 4)
Updated: Jul 22
Our Sci-Fi thriller novel has now reached Part 4. In this section, our protagonists, Dr. Kattering and Dr. Summers, arrive at a significant conclusion. They delve into a discussion on the renowned concept of the Fermi Paradox and the Great Filters, aiming to unravel the mystery of extraterrestrial life and the fate of the universe. Their discoveries introduce two new characters, who potentially hold significant influence over the project and the overarching plot of the novel. Please read the previous part 3 here.
Part 4: Decoding the Enigma
As Kettering and Summers delved further into their investigative journey, they faced formidable hurdles. The anomaly that Summers had detected comprised a gravitational wave pattern, a phenomenon typically attributable to natural celestial occurrences. Could it be that they were perceiving complex narratives within a straightforward space-time event?
In parallel, Kettering harbored similar reservations. While LLMs operate deterministically, they also embody a certain degree of randomness within their functions, a feature vital for their capability to resolve intricate problems. The anomalous behaviors manifested by his LLM could just be an unforeseen outcome of this inherent randomness, not necessarily indicative of any external influence.
Nevertheless, they couldn't overlook the striking correlation between their discoveries - the gravitational wave anomaly and the quark computations within the LLM were entwined too intricately to dismiss as mere coincidence. Undoubtedly, there existed a pattern, a message veiled amidst the chaos, yet it appeared akin to a cosmic puzzle with its fragments strewn across the universe.
These existential puzzles disturbed Kettering's nights and fueled his pursuit for answers. And each question about humanity's place in the universe became even more pressing with the enigmatic signal from PSR J1939+2134.
One particular evening, as they were engrossed in these ponderings, the LLM processed an enormous set of data, yielding a pattern that Summers instantly recognized from her own data archives. It perfectly mirrored the gravitational wave anomaly!
A shared understanding began to crystallize between Kettering and Summers. The peculiar anomaly they were investigating didn't conform to any known celestial event, nor was it random noise skulking in their datasets. Instead, it bore the intriguing marks of a purposeful message, a deliberate form of communication.
What truly staggered them was the potential source of this message. The data suggested the origin was far beyond the realms we have explored or even comprehended till date. It was more distant than anything detected by the most advanced telescopes, such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), our cosmic lookout stationed at the Sun-Earth L2 Lagrange point, observing the universe's infrared secrets since its launch in late 2021.
The JWST, since its first released image in July 2022, has been a window into the cosmos' ancient past, a guardian of the stars' myriad stories. Its sophisticated instruments have peered into the time when the first stars flickered into existence, watched galaxies being born, and scrutinized atmospheres of exoplanets for signs of habitability. It has pushed the boundaries of the known universe, venturing farther and deeper than its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope. Yet, even with this unparalleled view of the universe, the origin of the message seemed to lie beyond its reach.
The data's implication was daunting yet electrifying. They were potentially dealing with a message from an unexplored realm, far beyond the most distant galaxies that JWST had observed. This realization sent a wave of awe washing over them, a blend of trepidation and exhilaration. They stood on the precipice of a discovery that could redefine humanity's understanding of its place in the cosmos.
In the quiet hum of their respective labs, they mulled over the enormity of their discovery. The signal's pattern wasn't just unusual - it defied the fundamental laws of their understanding of physics. What could generate such a signal, if not a celestial event?
They scoured through mountains of data, piecing together the disparate threads of information, their minds working in sync yet independently. That's when Kettering noticed a pattern, a subtlety in the signal. It exhibited a mathematical consistency, one that hinted at a reverse flow of causality. As if each pulse was not the result of the previous one, but its cause.
The realization was groundbreaking. The evidence of retrocausality suggested that they weren't dealing with an entity within their universe, but rather from a parallel one where time flowed backward. This notion wasn't merely a theoretical construct, but was underlined by John G. Cramer's transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics. He proposed that every quantum interaction is a 'handshake' between the past and future. If this was the case, the signal they were analyzing wasn't just a message—it was an ongoing dialogue from a universe where causality danced in reverse. The enormity of their discovery was both exciting and daunting, as they plunged deeper into this enigmatic discourse.
Armed with this revelation, they understood the monumental task that lay ahead. They would need to decipher a message originating from a universe governed by entirely different physical laws. The responsibility of pioneering the first inter-universe communication now rested on their shoulders, a challenge they accepted with both trepidation and excitement.
As Kettering and Summers embarked on their quest to unravel the enigmatic message, they remained oblivious to the impending transformation that would profoundly redefine their comprehension of reality.
Ever since his undergraduate studies, Kettering had been captivated by the Fermi Paradox and the concept of the Great Filter. The Fermi Paradox, named after physicist Enrico Fermi, puts forth the contradiction between the high probability of extraterrestrial life and the lack of contact or evidence. Despite the Drake Equation suggesting between 1,000 and 100,000,000 planets with civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy alone, the noticeable silence from the cosmos had become deafening over the years.
The Great Filter, an extension of the Paradox, suggested an even more sobering scenario. This hypothesis posits the existence of a significant barrier or series of barriers that prevents civilizations from reaching an advanced state - one that allows for interstellar communication or travel. It paints a bleak picture of the lifespan of intelligent life - civilizations either self-destruct before reaching the capability of deep space communication, or there are incredibly few that survive.
The recent Neithian signal had brought these age-old questions back into the forefront of Kettering's mind. Their contact from another universe added another layer of complexity. Was it possible that only one civilization per universe advanced enough to survive its own Great Filter? If so, were the Neithians that civilization in their universe, just as humans might be in ours? But the timing of the contact baffled him. Why now? After all these years of cosmic silence, why had they chosen this moment in human history to reach out?
Part 4.1: The Sceptic Unveiled
Director Mitchell emerged onto the stage, an imposing figure with his crisp military uniform and an unwavering, steely gaze. His introduction was met with an array of reactions, from respect for his service to suspicion of his motivations. As the head of a major intelligence agency, his name was rarely whispered without a hint of caution.
In contrast to Kettering's unfettered enthusiasm for the "Project Neith," Mitchell was grounded in pragmatism. He was a hardened soldier, a war strategist, an expert in global security. His world was one of tangible threats and concrete solutions. The esoteric realm of parallel universes and interdimensional communication seemed to him like a reckless dive into an uncharted abyss.
Dr. Harris, the political scientist, was another significant actor on the stage. An expert in postmodern narratives, he viewed scientific knowledge as a hegemonic force, often used to suppress alternate voices. His approach to the project was one of tactical opportunism. While he didn't trust the science behind it, he understood the narrative's potential - it was a tantalizing dish that could whet the public's appetite and advance his own political ambitions.
As the world absorbed the news of a potential link to another universe, a battle of perspectives ensued. Mitchell, anchored in his skepticism, saw the project as a potential threat to global security. The idea of revealing humanity's existence to an alien civilization, let alone one from a different universe, seemed like a gamble he wasn't willing to take.
Meanwhile, Dr. Harris, cloaked in his political agenda, perceived the project as an opportunity. He played the part of a supporter, siding with Kettering and the project, leveraging the growing public fascination to his advantage. He saw the "Project Neith" as a catalyst, a stepping stone that could catapult him higher in the political hierarchy.
So, a new chapter began, with Kettering pursuing a dream, Mitchell standing as the voice of caution, and Harris silently maneuvering the political currents to his benefit. Little did they know, their actions and decisions were set to collide, sending ripples across the world. The stage was set, the players ready, and the world, unknowingly, on the brink of transformation.
To be continued......