Is it possible that there is a "Foundation" in real life…. and they're just doing a really good job?
Heck… they might have set up this site to throw us off…
No, while there is some weird stuff out there it's nothing close to the stuff on here. Think of it like the MIB, sure there could be aliens but there isn't and the MIB as a group would be almost impossible to cover up (plasma weaponry and mind erasing flash bulbs would be very hard to keep secret.)
I agree, but the possibility is there.. nothing is impossible.
Anyone that has the tech to contain these things could have the tech to make us forget what we saw. Heck… a big stick can make you forget you saw something.
Sure some things are impossible. For instance, you can't stick your elbow in your ear. Or chill something to absolute zero. Or get politicians as a whole to stop being medacious and self-serving.
But while it might have been possible for an organization like the Foundation to exist up to about 20 years ago, the advent of the internet and especially social media has pretty much nixed that. It's too easy for someone to post an account, or even a video, of anomalous items or events to a blog or youtube. And I don't care what kind of resources you have at your disposal, it is impossible to police the entire internet (all websites, all chatrooms, all VOIP calls, etc.) at all times, in real-time. And even IF you could, you wouldn't be able to shut down info-spread fast enough.
Hell, given the current state of the internet, if an infohazard ever actually did appear, most/all of the industrialized world would be infected within days, if not hours. The only real limiting factor would be waiting for people to wake up and get exposed to it when they get online.
mind erasing flash bulbs would be very hard to keep secret
I would think that one would take care of itself…
Sure. Just as its possible that all of us here on the Foundation site are just very advanced AIs.
Also just throwing this out…
There are aliens in this universe, as a mathematically most probable possibility.
There are more than 13 light years of space and matter and potential enviroments for intelligent life forms to manifest outside of our observable spherical area of the universe.
If one of these intelligent lifeforms decided to hide among us and observe us, or play among us, it is certainly capable of doing so, and they would be more than impossible to find out.
They will be so far out of your awareness that you could never, ever, ever, have any sort of hint of their existance.
They will be like ghosts. The only difference is they cannot be seen.
You assume that 1) that alien life is advanced enough to have such technology and extended space travel, 2) that such a thing is possible, 3) that an advanced alien civilisation wouldn't make official contact with another society of intelligent life, and 4) that they would care.
potential enviroments for intelligent life forms to manifest outside of our observable spherical area of the universe.
Do you mean outside of the universe or outside of the visible universe? There is always the possibility for life to exist elsewhere but it is almost a certainty that we will never know of it or that we will die out long before it develops. Let alone that intelligent life existing beyond the universe as a whole is incredibly unlikely.
"More than 13 light years"? I think you maybe don't have a very good grasp on cosmic distances (don't worry, most people don't. The sheer scale makes it difficult to fully envision). Alpha Centauri, the closest star to our system, is 4 ly away. Our galaxy is several hundred thousand ly across (or more, I can't remember offhand). 13 ly is nothing.
Also, the last estimates I saw state that, based on current models of the Big Bang and subsequent development of the universe, the observable universe only contains something like 1/10 or less of the total mass that "should" exist.
But yes, it's essentially a mathematical certainty that non-Terran intelligent alien life has, does or will exist somewhere else in the universe. Heck, we already know that bacteria do (or at least did) live on Mars. The problem, as others have mentioned, is that the universe is just So Damn Big that the chances of us actually encountering other intelligent life is very, very small.
… this isn't the place for this, is it?
Hey, I was enjoying my self-esteem buckling under the weight of universe-y questions. No, actually, they were driving me mad.
Not at all implying that I'm not presently mad as we speak1.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to be dyeing my hair orange, wearing pale makeup, and putting on a HUGE GREEN HAT…
Clearly a foundation BASED ON SECRECY would not only have a PUBLIC WEBSITE for ANYONE TO JOIN, but they would also upload THEIR ENTIRE DATABASE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE, and everyone who has ever written an article is in on it. Seem pretty fucking legit to me.
So you're saying that this means you wouldn't believe the Foundation existed due to this site. sounds like its working to me.
Except if this site didn't exist I wouldn't believe it either because I wouldn't know about it, and when this site exists someone is bound to check out an area it describes or go searching for an SCP. You wouldn't display your social security number on a billboard because you think people will therefore believe it's not real; someone is bound to check it out.
Assumeing that the people behind the foundation are even a little smart, wouldn't it stand to reason that they would use missinformation? Useing this site to not only make people think that S.C.P is fake, but make those who might see through the lies chase a bunch of red harrings.
Its like telling someone to look for Bigfoot so ou can hide the Loch Ness monster.
You wouldn't display your social security number on a billboard because you think people will therefore believe it's not real; someone is bound to check it out.
Speaking of this, a few years back there was a company selling anti-identity-theft protection and, as part of their marketing campaign, the CEO put his actual social security number on a large number of billboards to "prove" that they could prevent it from being stolen. Last I heard, his identity had been successfully stolen at least 7 times.
I would imagine that, if the Foundation existed, creating a site that anyone could join would be a resource. Think about it…
1) The Site encourages us to create SCPs based off of what scares us or we find weird. Often times we take our own experiences with the unexplained and translate that into an SCP. This would give the "Foundation" something to look out for.
2) The site encourages originality and scrutinizes our entries, deleting those that aren't "good enough". This could be a way to sort out what is worth looking at as well as keeping supposed SCP sighting from accumulating. (100 people write the same SCP? They've probably all experienced it, let's check it out)
3) The Foundation wouldn't use their real name or upload anything they have actually made to the site, that would be stupid. The site would simply be a front for the organization to keep their eyes and ears open to anomalies that they could otherwise miss.
Just some food for thought. It's doubtful that an organization like this could survive without Leaks, but who would believe the leaks? It's like Aliens, Sure, the mathematical odds of them existing are favorable. But the odds of them being significantly more advanced than us are probably less than the odds of them being in the stone age still.
If so, then the Foundation must have, like, a billion spheres what make you go crazy.
Warehouse 0 - We contain approximately 360,000,000 spheres and spherical objects, do not go in the ball pit.
do not go in the ball pit
Well, that's just sensible advice anyway.
Fuck you, ball pits are *cough* awesome.
You can go enjoy your disease-laden balls. I'm gonna be over on the swing set. Or maybe the spiral slide.
So you're one of those kids who gets on the swingsets before everyone else and doesn't get off for the full half hour
well f*ck you too man