Friday, 29 October 2010

Time Travel - the proof?

Now, those who know me will be aware of my fascination with space and time travel. I've read interesting papers on the prospects of both, and there is some great work out there if you want to peruse in greater depth.

The past few days have seen an explosive meme flashing round the aethernet. Depending on where you see it, this is either conclusive proof of the possibility of time travel, a complete misconception of what the alleged proof shows, or inconclusive-what-do-you-think. It has already been spoofed, although many are taking it seriously, and it has hit the mainstream media.

So, what is this meme? Well, independent film maker George Clark, based in Belfast, presented his short film to the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival. According to the film, Clark has spent a year puzzling over a small clip of film contained in the 'extras' component of the complete Charlie Chaplin DVD set - he explains exactly where in the film itself, and he invites the viewer to explore this for themself.

The vintage film clip was taken at the premier of Chaplin's The Circus at the Chinese Theatre in 1928, and shows a heavy-set woman walking across the screen, holding her left hand (closest to the camera) in a particular manner, and apparently talking. Now, she does not appear to be accompanied by anyone - the male in the shot is striding ahead of her, and taking no notice of her - but she does seem to be speaking, and acting in a way which is familiar to modern audiences.

Clark explains how he believes the woman is speaking into a mobile/cell device, and with this context set in mind, you could believe this to be the case. However, it has been noted that the device she may be holding is a hearing aid, and it could be similar to one of these or these, although how it would be powered is another unanswered question, as these were designed for mains power. It has also been suggested that she is holding an icepack. Other more technical comments include the notion that cross-fading was not a developed technique in 1928, although this is a bit of a straw man, in that this footage has been edited since it was first shot - seeing unedited footage would likely not help in seeing what the person is doing, but would enable better research. Another straw man is the lack of mobile/cell phone towers in 1928 to carry a signal - I should imagine that if you had invented time travel, you'd have invented a way of communicating. Has no-one seen the recent Dr Who re-boot and his superphone?

Given that George Clark works in the industry and comments on new developments in film art, it has also been commented that this could be a promotional activity, as he is involved with the Yellow Fever Film Festival.

Anyway, take a look at the footage, see for yourself.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

In all likelihood, the device is a 1924 Siemens Hearing Aid. Or this person has a Delorean. One or the other. :)

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Anonymous said...

I believe it could be a small crystal radio set.

Anonymous said...

how do you suppose a cell phone might have worked in 1928, with no cell towers or satalites? cell phones are useless without them...

i would suggest talking to someone who was around at that time and see what they say... im guessing its either nothing but shadows in their hand, or its something that was very common back in those days.

Anonymous said...

I believe it could be a time travel but the only problem is that mobile phones had been invented in 1990's and to this date no one had invented the time travelling machine so in my point of view i believe that by the time that someone will invent this time machine the mobile phones as we know them today might change thier shape and size so if this woman is a time travller she must be from the very far future and when she travlled in that year she mistaken or forgotten that mobile phones were invented 70 years after.

jsnow said...

I've watched this over and over and am my opinion is still inconclusive. I have to admit that I'm definitely skeptical, but at the last second when she turns slightly towards the camera, I definitely see her speaking on a phone. Who knows?! We'll probably always be wondering - one more of the mysteries of life.

Jessica
www.partselect.com

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time travel evidence said...

That is the exact video that proves there has to be a time traveler. Good read!

Tom Wilson said...

My father in law is so funny he actually watches movies from the early 1900's. I should watch a few with him. I wonder if a time traveler went back in time if he/she can alter time and appear in the movie. Cool stuff I think you really have time travel evidence .

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