Regression- Chapter Six: The Martian experiment and the theory of multiverses

The colonization of Mars started way before there were the proper means to do it. Just like parents have children and learn how to raise them on the go, we’ve improvised the terraformation of Mars. This was possible only thanks to genetic engineering, since there was an unavoidable stumbling block for human habitation of the red planet: Our physical adaptation to Earth. So to sum up: We made the first martians and then sent them to Mars. As you may imagine, this wasn’t a genius idea, but we did it and it changed the galactic history.

It all started with politics by the end of the twenty-first century. There was a lot more of hospitable terrains on Earth than on Mars, that’s for sure, but behind were the days of land annexation and colonization. The exploitation of other country’s soil and resources was still possible, but immigration was a luxury that no country could afford anymore. The world was overpopulated and quotas were imposed by global regulators. No one could stop the Chinese and Indians from overpopulating their own countries, but they wouldn’t allow them to do the same with the rest of the world. An outlet for this expansionist impulse was found in the colonization of Mars. Such an undertaking was only possible by conjoining forces, so the international community of Mars Explorers was created. It was privately and publicly financed, and every shareholder was to have a stake on Mars, were the colonization to succeed. In a way, it was an altruistic venture, because the project would take more than a hundred years to yield palpable fruits. However, like any other stock, it could exponentially increase in value once the colonization of Mars became more certain, so many speculators invested great sums.

Many others, however, were in just for the adrenaline. These adrenaline junkies would even fight for first places in the expeditions. The idea was simple. To live in underground, airtight centrifuge bubble cities while terraforming and colonizing Mars. The energy cost of this project would be, conservatively, around thirty septillion joules. At the time there was the energetic capacity in the form of nanomaterial that could turn radiation into energy and Mars had plenty of radiation. The first step was to create a human habitat, that is, an oxygenated place protected from cosmic rays, warm and pressurized enough so human bodies could survive. The lack of gravity, however, was a big issue due to bone problems that are caused by it. Therefore, a centrifuge system had to be created to simulate Earth’s gravity. Basically speaking, they paraterraformed Mars first, just like builders making camp on the site. However, these builders were also colonists, charged with populating mars. Their kids were genetically engineered to stand the Martian environment. Radiation was the main cause of death among the colonists, despite the drugs and the genetic engineering used. Many people’s bodies just couldn’t survive the evolutionary update. The endgame was to combine terraformation with genetic engineering to be able to live on the surface of Mars. This was later achieved and the population of the colonies has been rigidly controlled since. Their main reason to exist was to provide Earth with a plan Z in case of a cataclysm that menaced to wipe out humanity from the original planet. But nowadays Mars is more than just a contingency plan. Since it became self-sufficient, Earth stopped supporting it and this twin planet has reached total independence, the same as colonies did in the nineteenth and twentieth century. From then on, Earth’s population has also been under control, so in the case of a cataclysm on Mars or in Earth, the planets can aid each other.

The terraformation of Mars, was, however, achieved, a few centuries after Mars was completely colonized and, only then, Martians stopped existing. Humans had to be retro-engineered to stand the terraformed conditions. The process started immediately after the arrival of the first batch of colonists. They were mostly engineers, miners and geologists. Although they lived in underground tunnels left by extinguished volcanoes, they had to work outdoors, being exposed to cosmic rays. But constant radiation isn’t as bad as people had previously thought. The body gets used to it, and with the help of single-walled carbon nanotubes called Nanovector Trojan Horses, the short term effects can be counteracted. They wore exoskeletons that helped them maneuver on the Martian surface and prevented their bones from losing density. Regarding solar flares, they were a meteorological phenomenon that became a matter of fact to them, the same as hurricanes and tsunamis on Earth. They just watched out for them and sought immediate shelter when they were coming.

The subterranean colonization of Mars lasted more than a century. No real efforts were done towards the terraformation of Mars during that time because it wasn’t technologically possible. They had the theory but not the means to do it. This colossal effort was comparable to that of the colonists of the new world in the first millennium. Huge amounts of capital were necessary, and the technology to make it possible wasn’t still there. There was a key difference, though. The first ancient colonists sought paradises to conquer, while the new colonists imagined a paradise in a hostile environment. But by the beginning of the twenty-third century, they were ready to finally position a dipole field at Mars L1 Lagrange Point. This project took four decades and when it was finished, it prevented the solar wind from further eroding the atmosphere and sterilization the surface. After this had been done, they started heating up the Martian atmosphere with the use of super-carbonates. Sulfur and fluorine gas were mostly used to create a super greenhouse effect. Through electrolysis, acid was subtracted from Martian water, getting oxygen as a byproduct, which had previously been valued as gold among the colonists. The acid was then used to dissolve the C02, which was released into the atmosphere. The Martian ice caps started melting, producing vapor, which also heated the atmosphere. Mars became even more deserted than before, and water became precious. Mars was a Sahara with small spattered oases. It took a couple of centuries to build these oases on the surface of the planet. At first, cyanobacteria were massively cultivated in greenhouses. They oxygenated the atmosphere inside these green pockets. Then trees were grown and finally crops. At last, after more than three centuries, Martians could settle on the surface. It took a millennium for the whole planet to become a unified ecosystem. With the advent of our modern nanotechnology, the bubble cities became obsolete and Mars became a properly inhabitable planet. Only then water started being carried in meteors which smacked towards the planet by cosmic robots. These meteors were shot as soon as they entered the Martian atmosphere until they disintegrated into small particles. These meteor showers became a new meteorological phenomenon and everyone was warned before it happened so they could take shelter. They were a few casualties and lots of damage, but the system of oasis prevented these showers from being catastrophic. When the oasis started spreading, the smacking of hydrogen-rich meteors towards the planet stopped and the scarcity of water was simply managed through nanotechnology and population control. The atmospheric pressure is still an issue nowadays, among interplanetary travelers. Martians that come to Earth or Earthlings that go to Mars need to wear a special exoskeleton suit all the time. Fortunately, our current technology has made this possible with zero risks of malfunction and with minimal discomfort. People often migrate planets and they get rapidly used to their exoskeletons, the same as people get used to wearing clothes on an everyday basis. It’s as routinely done as shaving or wearing makeup, and then don’t interfere with any physiological activity, not even showering.

Today we have two Earths. Mars is our twin sister and we take care of her as much as of the Earth. That’s our new new-world, the place for adventurers. It’s tougher than on Earth, but that’s what convinces many to emigrate there. On the other hand, many Martians come to Earth to admire the old world. There are nostalgia and a sense of reverence towards Mother Earth.

Now, I know this subject may be of great interest to scientists and even laypeople from the second millennium, but it’s not the object of this book, so I’ll have to disappoint you all. I’m sure scientific books will be written to pass down technology to you, but I’m not a scientist. This is the thing I’d like to try to explain: The passing down of information from the future to the past. As you well know from relative theory, the space-time continuum can be altered. Einstein’s equation shows that energy is correlative to mass, and Planck’s constant shows that energy is correlative to frequency, that is time. That means mass is correlated to time. There’s no time where there’s no mass. That building block from the twentieth century helped construct the theory behind today’s time-traveling technology. We can loophole into the past while traveling to the future. Therefore, technically speaking, traveling to the past is impossible. What we do is travel to the future thought a bent space that passes by the past. That has lots of implications for time-traveling. Yes, the past is altered, but also the future. It’s just like bringing back souvenirs or memories from abroad. Of course, we can also alter other people’s past or memories, but, strangely, their present doesn’t change. This phenomenon is called: reality check. The past is malleable, the same as the future, but the present seems to be carved in stone.

Only information can travel faster than light. So no physical traveling is possible. In practice what this means is that people from the past have visions of the future, premonitions. They can predict the future. That’s all there is to time traveling. There’s also a limit to the passing down of information. When we reach a certain point, it becomes futile, the same as reading Shakespeare to a Neanderthal. That’s what we call the megagenerational gap. We basically can’t transmit information to different megagenerations than ours. They would hear them but not understand them. We could speak their language and explain in their terms, but we follow the principle of no rush. It’s better to give civilization time to grasp all concepts. The evolution of nature and humanity has been flawless. It couldn’t have gone faster. This principle is called: the fatality principle. We can’t rush our destiny.

So, to clarify: time-traveling is not possible, because there’s only one universe. There aren’t parallel realities that can branch out from a single reality. The past can fluctuate, but only in our memories. Our present is carved in stone. Our mega-intelligence corrects our lives. So no matter how much information we send to the past, our present will end up the same. We call this the principle of self-realization. Imagine a conversation. It changes the life of the person who tells the message and that one of the person who receives it. There’s interaction. That’s what happens with every input we give you. I could write to you right now the name of one of my ancestors and ask you to kill them and that would have consequences in my life, that is, I would cease to exist, the same as if I asked you to kill me. My existence would’ve been a mere dream then, nothing more. There wouldn’t be a parallel reality because I would cease to exist immediately, the same as dreams stop when we wake up. Time-traveling is not physical traveling, but rather remembering the future. The space-time continuum is loopholed and you can see into your future, but you can’t change it, the same as we can’t change our pasts. This is what Greeks understood very well: the fatality of our destiny. The anthropic principle demands order in the universe: God doesn’t play dice.

Descartes said: I think, therefore I am. We say: We exist, therefore a universe has been created for us. This is also called: the God instinct. The mere fact that we believe and seek a superior force ordering our lives is proof of its existence. The same as when we feel the chilliness of the wind or the warmth of the sun. Our intelligence must have been made in the likeness of this superior force; otherwise, communication wouldn’t be possible. And is it possible that the creation has a language that the creator can’t understand? And by the creator I mean: nature. There’s no doubt that nature is the creator since we know today that it’s impossible to replicate nature in its full creational force. And we know that we communicate with nature because we have senses that capture it and we can recreate it and transform it, which is basic communication. So, according to the anthropic principle, an observable universe implies observers. That is, we’re necessary to the universe; furthermore, we’re the natural consequence of an observable universe. We’re not by chance, we have a destiny: Evolution and enlightenment.

This is where we draw the line nowadays. In the second millennium, people talked about multiverses, which implied that some universes weren’t conducive to intelligent life. But even if these universes existed, what would be their purpose; and if no one could observe them, would they exist? Doesn’t existence itself implies communication? Can we exist in isolation from other entities? Can we have consciousness without a world to reflect it on? That’s where the multiverse theory falls apart. Or rather, yes, there are innumerable multiverses… in our imagination. As many as we can imagine. That’s the only way they can exist: hypothetically. For them to materialize, they’d have to enter our universe and be observable by us, and therefore they would just become one with our universe. Or, if they can’t be observable by us, then they wouldn’t exist to us. Which is a simple tautology: There is a parallel universe, that is, a non-universe which we can’t observe. It’s the same as saying: I imagined a flying pig, that is, I didn’t see (I merely imagined) a non-existent flying pig. The idea of multiverses is mere tautology.


I'm a writer born in Argentina, but currently living in Poland. I work as an English and French teacher, translator and copywriter.

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