Saturday, May 19, 2012

When Would You Go?


If you could time travel...WHEN...would you go?

 
I feel like I already answered this question.  I could swear I tried to anyway.  I don't think I want to actually TIME TRAVEL until I can workout Robert A. Heinlein's (All You Zombies) Paradox. 
 
"'—All You Zombies—'" chronicles a young man (later revealed to be intersex) taken back in time and tricked into impregnating his younger, female self (before he underwent a sex change); he thus turns out to be the offspring of that union, with the paradoxical result that he is his own mother and father. As the story unfolds, all the major characters are revealed to be the same person, at different stages of her/his life.
 
http://home.windstream.net/dwrighsr/Heinlein/AllYouZombies.html - A chart that tries to map out the paradox.
(Note: this might make it appear that there is a 2-dimensional time continuum, but that is not the case. The various lines are simply separated for demonstration purposes. Furthermore, the diagram can be thought of as being the viewpoint that a fifth-dimensional observer would have. All of the first four dimensions, 3 space and one of time are contained in the lines going back and forth across the page and we are looking at them from the next higher dimensional viewpoint.)
 
This paradox currently reinforces my opinion that there is no such thing as TIME TRAVEL, only PERCEPTION TRAVEL.  And I could really swear that I've already answered this question once already!
 
Now, I can ignore my opinion and pretend that I really believe in time travel (like the excellent adventure of Bill and Ted) and try to pick a date in the history or future that I am curious about. But I really don't have the desire, because where ever I go, there I am. And I like I Am-ing right here, right now.  I used to want to go further...but I think I am there.
 
OK, I know you still aren't happy with my answer.  Let's say I decide that I want to go forward in time when we all have bionic bodies that never wear out. Think about the implications...
 
Did you ever read 'Jitterbug Perfume' by Tom Robbins?  I just realized that I was strongly influenced by this book, much more so that I'd ever thought.
 
"The universe does not have laws. It has habits. And habits can be broken".

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I read Jitterbug Perfume. You read my copy. :)

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