On Time Travel
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

So every now and then I have to listen to some blowhard explain in detail why their time travel theory is the correct one and why even though they have alternate timelines or whatnot there's no paradoxes.

The theories are usually not very scientific. So I am going to be the blowhard today and regale you with why I am right. I've held my tongue for too long.

I support the only theory that not only doesn't have paradoxes, but which we can infer from how time works in the universe and which has mathematical proofs and theoretical evidence.

The way we perceive time is an illusion imposed by our cognitive process. We can only see time flowing in one direction. Time has directionality, and because of that events are not disjointed and have cause and effect. Reverse time also has directionality, and so events should be recognizable when they are played forwards or backwards. Forwards time should see cause go towards effect, backwards time should see effect go towards cause. The cup falls off the table and shatters, the cup regenerates and rises to rest on the table. The events can not change once they were already set in motion - once they are recorded/observed, if you will.

We can even demonstrate this with quantum principles. Current quantum measurements can affect and therefore predict the normally random future states of a quantum system and more importantly, VICE VERSA. Essentially, the future effects can resonate through time to leave an imprint upon the current measurements.

Now, let's be fair. Fatalism is obnoxiously anthropocentric - the universe cares not for the arrogance of humans. I am annoyed by those scientists who claim that because more primitive parts of the brain spark before the higher functions in decision making, we aren't really making decisions and therefore don't really have free-will. Poppy cock, as though all of those impulses aren't integral parts of the decision making process. Humans are much more complicated than quanta. But there are certain ramifications of this in regards to cause and effect and the very small scale workings of the universe and time itself. The electrons firing in our brains can be influenced by their future state as much as they can be by their present and past states. Deja vu and Jamais vu.

Of course the only way we could ever see time go backwards, and thus travel "back in time," is either to use video editing, reverse the expansion of the universe, or fall into a black hole (itself a collapsing universe). And if we did time travel, it would already have been an integral part of the events that happened - tracing the pre-existing paths as it were, and that's if it's not just walking backwards from an outsider perspective.

But because black holes are potentially somewhat accessible (or for now they can be simulated), and because we have mathematics, this means we can actually test and prove exactly what I'm saying.

Source: Stephen freakin' Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Science yo!


Friday, June 27, 2014 1:39 AM


Pretty well as far as I can tell. The hologram theory is more of a suggestion of a SORT of boundary for the universe despite it having infinite space/volume.

Imagine if you will that the entire 3D nature of the universe is projected onto the surface of an expanding balloon called the cosmological horizon, and that's a rough approximation of the concept. The surface of the balloon is still spherical and in a sense a line drawn around the universe (a circle) is still infinite. Time is represented by the universe expanding outward (forward time) or shrinking inward (reverse time).

Light bends around the curvature of space-time, so it looks like we're looking straight through the body towards the center, but we're more scratching the surface, and the sense of time passage more comes from the immense age of the light reaching us and carrying information from the past. Functionally it's not really that different from actually looking inward through a transparent body, but in terms of cosmology it has some important effects and implications. There's also various quantum particle concepts tied into it, nut I've given the basic gist of it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:05 PM


But how does any of this coincide w/ the view that the universe itself might just be a 3-D hologram ?

And more importantly, how can I travel back in time to the point where I get to make out w/ that cute red headed girl ? ( Obvious Charlie Brown reference )


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