The Time-Travel Dilemma

Coble is talking a little about it:

Time travel is all about pulling loose one string, which can never be done without marring the fabric. The man he was all those other summers ago would just sort of look at me like I’d lost my own mind. I know that look. I get it a lot. If I were to travel across time it’d be the biggest waste of Suspending The Laws Of Physics.

And this is what interests me about time travel in the Sue Allen piece. I’ve got people living now who want to go back to the grand Confederacy. I’ve got people living then who want to escape to the future. I’ve got people who have traveled through time who can’t prove it, not really. And it’s a giant clusterfuck. Of course you’re not believed.

But more than that, in time travel stories, it’s always people who have good reason for doing it that do it. But it seems to me much more likely that it’s selfish idiots who would do it and, as such, would then not make much of it except for their own selfish gains.

There may be some heretofore unknown law of physics that would make time travel impossible, but I think, even if it is possible, human nature would make it a clusterfuck. Hell, we’re traveling into the future right now, very slowly, and we don’t bother to learn things about the past that could aid us in the future, even though those things are available for the discovering.

So, why would we be any different if we were allowed to skip forward or back in greater leaps?

3 thoughts on “The Time-Travel Dilemma

  1. Aunt B.,

    Here is a short answer and a link to the whole article.

    “Thanks to Albert Einstein we know that time travel is possible. If you think about it, we’re all time travellers, inexorably moving forward into the future without even having to think about it. But more conceptually, Einstein’s theories have suggested that “wormholes” can connect two disparate regions of space and time, potentially allowing for the creation of time machines. Okay, great — so knowing that, now what do we do? Well, according to physicist Michio Kaku, we would need to extract the energy of an entire star or black hole — easier said than done. And then there’s the challenge of stabilizing the wormhole and ensuring that the aperture (or wormhole entry point) remains open for the return journey (one way trip into the past, anyone?). But even if physics is on our side, metaphysics is not. The “grandfather paradox” suggests that any technology that lets you kill your own ancestor can’t possibly exist, because it would break the cosmos. But there’s an even tougher paradox to consider: If time travel is possible, then where are all the time travelers from the future?”

    “If time travel is possible, then where are all the time travelers from the future?” Hah!!

    I love that. It reminds me of one of the great episodes of ‘Barney Miller’ and a fantastic Ray Bradbury story entitled ‘A Sound of Thunder.’

    In Star Trek Deep Space Nine the existence of a Star Fleet Department of Temporal Investigations figures in the delightful ‘Trials and Tribble-ations’ episode.

  2. “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… timey wimey… stuff” – The Doctor

  3. i dont think Time Travel could ever exist in real life, books and movies maybe. if it did it would be to Dangerous in the Wrong Hands. and who would control it, better to let things be and just be Sci-Fiction.

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