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Re: It amazes me that everyone misses a key possibility ..
'Us from the future' is a fairly well-discussed hypothesis for UFOs in my experience - it takes care of the 'why the #### would they cross interstellar space to come out to this backwater' question, plus the 'why the #### would they look bilaterally symmetrical and humanoid' one too (though even if they were a 'super intelligent shade of the colour blue' ((c) Douglas Adams), they could still make human shaped flesh robots so as not to spook us - why make them with big heads like the mekon though? (just copying Steven Spielberg?)). It could also maybe explain why the UFOs seemed to turn up at historically important times (like WW2) to do some sightseeing (though this misses out all the other historically important times, like history cherry picking usually does). Personally I prefer the Tipler/De Chardin/Omega Point/simulation version, aesthetically at least, which can also be shoehorned in to explain ghosts, angels, gods and other 'glitches in the matrix' with a bit of pushing (it's quite popular in SF - Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson is a good version), and doesn't require time travel (just the simple mater of an infinite computer at the end of time) - mash this up with the recent holographic universe hypothesis (ie we're actually 2d projections on the surface of a black hole) and we're good to go (somewhere...).
Either way, it's a moot point if the evidence all turns out to be aperture shapes and gimbals like the ones above seem to be (though I have seen a ufo that seemed to defy current tech (a point of light changing direction instantly), and have read many impressive reports from others, so I'm still open to evidence)
As for the not being able to change the past, that's not necessarily the case if following the many worlds hypothesis (the only one that doesn't require spooky magic to work (just 10 to the hundred universes just one particle different, which is a sort of magic I guess)) - in that version any changes made in a past universe would have no effect on the original universe you came from, but would branch out to a new universe - but also the chances are you wouldn't be able to return to the original one anyway (this is based on speculation in a David Deutsch book and various SF stories)