In the first half, science writer and physicist Paul Halpern talked about wormholes, time travel, and how physicists Richard Feynman and John Wheeler revolutionized time and reality. In the collaboration between the two physicists, Feynman showed how quantum reality is a combination of alternative, contradictory possibilities, which inspired Wheeler to propose his mind-bending theory of wormholes, as portals to the future and past, and connections to different parts of space. When the two started out in 1939, they were trying to tackle the question of what was the smallest or fundamental unit in reality, Halpern recounted.
In the 1970s-80s, Wheeler began to believe that everything was made from information like computer bits, and that's when Feynman coined the idea of a quantum computer which instead of running on 1's and 0's, would use a mixture called qubits. A student of Wheeler's, Hugh Everett, was the creator of the 'many worlds interpretation' of quantum mechanics, Halpern continued, which suggests that since the observer cannot be separated from that which is observed, then every time you make an observation, reality splits.
In the latter half, filmmaker Seth Breedlove discussed Small Town Monsters, his film series that explores fabled creatures believed to exist around small, rural communities in the US. His recent work looks at the Chestnut Ridge, a mountainous area of southwestern Pennsylvania that is home to a bizarre series of phenomena. One of the most well known events in the area, he noted, was the 1965 UFO crash in Kecksburg, sometimes called the "East Coast Roswell." The variety of sightings include Bigfoot, Dogman, phantom black cats, strange lights in the woods, and ghostly/supernatural activity, dating as far back as the late 1800s.
One fascinating Dogman account involved three women who were at Roaring Run Park and saw a strange bipedal figure at the trail head. The creature had a large snout and two pointed ears, and snarled at them as it came forward. One of the women just stared it down, while her two companions ran back to the car, Breedlove detailed. A sighting of a Thunderbird occurred near Keystone State Park, he added, where as a man approached the creature in his truck, "the thing stood up on its hind legs and unfurled these wings that he thought were...in the neighborhood of 18-feet across." The witness concluded that if he hadn't been in his truck the bird would have "picked him to pieces."
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