The ‘Encounters of the Third Kind’ director has some thoughts on all the weird things we’ve found in the sky.
In recent weeks, the skies of the United States have been filled with various balloons and other unidentified flying objects that the United States military has been forced to shoot down. The lack of information provided has led many curious Americans to come to their own conclusions about the mysterious objects – including Steven Spielberg. In a career-spanning interview with “The Late Show with Steven Colbert,” the director of “ET” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was asked about the recent increase in UFO sightings. While the Oscar favorite isn’t ready to fully endorse the theory that we’re being visited by aliens, the saga has certainly piqued his interest.
“I’ve never seen a UFO,” Spielberg said. ” I would like to know ! I’ve never seen anything that I can’t explain. But I think some people have seen things they can’t explain. I think what’s happened recently is fascinating, absolutely fascinating. And I think the secrecy around all of these sightings and the lack of transparency…I think there’s something going on that just requires extraordinary due diligence.
He continued, “I don’t believe we are alone in the universe. I think it’s mathematically impossible for us to be the only intelligent species in the cosmos. I think it’s totally impossible. At the same time, it also seems impossible for anyone to visit us 400 million light years away – except in the movies, of course – unless they find a way to jump the shark, to so to speak, and pass here wormholes.”
But while Spielberg isn’t convinced that anyone in the universe has figured out faster-than-light travel, he’s more open to the idea that humans could have figured out time travel. He presented Colbert with his own theory that the UFOs we see are actually humans visiting us from the future.
“The most optimistic thing I feel about these things that we see in the sky, that the army, navy and air force are recording on their cameras, is that if they didn’t come not from an advanced civilization 300 million light years away?,” he said. “What if it was us, 500,000 years in the future, who came back to document the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century because they are anthropologists? And they know that something that we don’t yet know very well has happened, and they’re trying to trace the last hundred years of our history.
When Colbert joked that Spielberg’s theory meant mankind would have survived 500,000 years, the famous for his optimism Spielberg responded with his own joke.
“Yes, we are surviving,” he said. “Or at least some percentage of us survive, allowing future generations to thrive.”
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