The “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” director has his thoughts on all the strange things we’ve found in the sky.
In recent weeks, the American skies have been filled with various balloons and other unidentified flying objects that the US military has been forced to shoot down. The lack of information made available has led many curious Americans to draw their own conclusions about the mysterious objects – including Steven Spielberg. In a career-wide interview a “The Late Show with Steven Colbert” the “ET” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” director was asked about the recent surge in UFO sightings. While the Oscar front-runner 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 wish! I’ve never seen anything I can’t explain. But I do believe in certain people who have seen things they can’t explain. I think what’s come up recently is fascinating, absolutely fascinating. And I think the mystery that makes these obscuring observations and the lack of transparency… I think there is something going on that requires extreme caution.”
He continued: “I don’t think we are alone in the universe. I think it is mathematically impossible that we are the only intelligent species in the cosmos. I think that is absolutely impossible. At the same time, it also seems impossible for anyone to visit from 400 million light-years away – outside of the movies, of course – unless they figure out some way to jump the shark, so to speak, and get here through the wormholes. “
But while Spielberg isn’t convinced that anyone in the universe has invented faster-than-light travel, he’s more open to the idea that humans might have invented time travel. He presented Colbert with his own theory that the UFOs we see are actually people visiting us from the future.
“The most optimistic thing we see in the skies that the Army, Navy and Air Force are recording on their weapons cameras is what if they’re not from an advanced civilization 300 million light years away? ” he said. “What if it’s us, 500,000 years from now, who come back to document the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century because they’re anthropologists? And they know something that we don’t quite know that happened and they try to trace the last hundred years of our history.”
When Colbert joked that Spielberg’s theory meant humanity would have survived 500,000 years, the famously optimistic Spielberg responded with a joke of his own.
“Yes, we will survive,” he said. “Or at least a certain percentage of us will survive, allowing future generations to flourish.”
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