SIMPLICITY RULES

Occam said—

“The simplest answer is often the best”

—or words to that effect.

Simple is good.

Looove simple.

Simple rules~!

AND TO NOT DIGRESS

I have my theory wrt Time Travel, namely:  ’tain’t possible*.

Now, get thee to U-toobe—there you will find no end of (some of ’em quite convincing) clips of Time Travellers caught in the act.

Human OOPARTs, in fact.

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“Mr Argus, Sir?”

“Yes, Little Virginia~”

“What’s an ‘Oopart’?”

“Acronymically speaking, it’s an Out Of Place Artefact, Ma’am.”

“Oh …?”

“If they discovered an undiscovered tomb in the Valley Of The Kings, Child; and on breaking the seals wandered in to find an iPad in the mummy’s grip—that would be an OOPART. The iPad, not the mummy.”

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SO WITH A CLEAR CONSCIENCE

I state again—

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—that any such imagery is simply at best a misunderstanding or (at human-naturest) an attempt to deceive.

TIME TRAVEL

IS

NOT

POSSIBLE~!

(and never shall be.)

Not unless God rewrites the laws, which of course would mean Him going back to beyond the Big Bang itself and starting over. (God being omnipotent it should present no problems.)

And now, a frivolous point germane to this issue—

—in the ‘time’ it took you to read this, how far through space has this entire planet shifted? And your location on the surface of this spinning orb? (Even just sitting at your desk you’ve covered a few miles.)

So:  what …

… would it take in mathematical sums to calculate just the vectorage to get you back (say) one teensy weensy little hour?

Goof even a wee bit of a minifraction and you’ll need a space-suit, or a shovel with a long handle—ya gotta be precise; just one squillionth of an inch of error and quite a few of your molecules will be arguing furiously with foreign molecules over who has rights of possession to the co-ordinates you’re now in—and I don’t think yours will win.

DAMMIT,

for some reason I keep thinking of these things—down there

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… effectively irrelevant but that’s my wandering mind for you.

Kismet

dodo

 

 

 

* Other than going forwards 

8 thoughts on “SIMPLICITY RULES

  1. The hooligan experts at Wikipedia seem to insist that while backwards time travel probably isn’t possible, but that forwards time travel might be (due to time dilation and general relativity). But right now we don’t have the technology to do any meaningful forward time travel.

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    1. I live in two worlds. One is the ‘here and now’ and the other is an awareness that the entire universe in all dimensions is entirely static—nothing at all moves in it. Except awareness.

      The nearest (overused!) analogy I can give is that of a movie film—project the lot in sequence and you get the illusion of movement. Stop the film in any place and you have a static photograph. Go through to the end and you’ve seen the movie, no? But nothing has changed—it’s still the same movie it was before you sampled it.

      As a kid I explored the cave on Wiri Mountain in Mangere. We went through (no hard hats, no safety hi-viz vests, no nothing; but we’d never heard of compulsory-wimp in those days).
      We used to leave a part-candle burning at strategic intervals; look forward and all was darkness, look backwards and there glowing golden in the darkness and totally unwavering were little beacons of light. And now—

      —you could liken our going in as to being born; placing candles as events, looking back as we exit as seeing memories. After we’d gone the candles eventually sputtered out and all returned to an almost timeless status quo, no? But the cave was still there, just as it was before we ever came on the scene.

      Observations are my own, distilled from decades of experiences and rabbiting through the words of other people.
      If you can spare the time poke through Fitzgerald’s translations of Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat”; but be warned, they are infinitely more Fitzgerald than ever they were Khayyam. Best read alone with either Pussers Rum or a large good red (and refills). (To hurry at this stage is to blow an opportunity …)

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    2. Forwards time travel too is impossible … other than what we are doing every day.

      If you jump forward a hundred years, that can only mean that out there in the future you are already there (and have been since before you were born, no?)

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      1. Most people see time as something which is separate from space, and uniform throughout the universe. In other words, 5 seconds for me is 5 seconds for you, regardless of where we are in the universe, or how fast either of us are traveling. If we look at it that way, there are certainly a few problems and paradoxes which result from time travel in either direction.
        With general relativity however, time can’t be separated from space, because the observed rate at which time passes for an object depends on the objects velocity relative to the observer. Gravitational fields can dilate time, as in the further an object is from a gravitational source, the faster the time passes for that object. This has actually been observed by the way. Atomic clocks placed at different altitudes have observed differences in time (only a few nanoseconds, but still…) . There is also a cosmonaut (Sergei Krikalev) who spent time on the ISS for a while, and is now 22.68 milliseconds younger than if he had just stayed on earth… weird huh?
        Now obviously those differences are minuscule and insignificant, and our current technology is limiting us. But in theory we could time travel (further into the future) by traveling really high speeds, but if or when we are capable of doing that? I’m not sure. Not in our lifetimes.

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      2. I hear what you’re saying … but to me it’s simply a question of ‘get there quicker’ rather than’ travel into’ the future.

        The conventional idea of fictional ”travel to the future’ is to bypass the necessary ‘getting there’.
        Disappear here, reappear umpty years in the future without getting there (getting back could be even more fun?)

        I’m conventional. Very. To me, no two physical objects can share the same space at the same time—as I stated before, this is exactly why a bullet (or dagger) kills. Disruption. All the best fiction writers ignore this fact, and well they might.

        No matter how many wormholes blackholes or whatever else-holes you go through, when you emerge in the future you’d be disrupting history. Future history …
        … and history cannot be changed.

        Folks will simply not agree with me … yet—

        past-present-future all exist and none of it can be changed.

        —hence the expression ‘timeline’. No?

        (Perhaps not all that ‘conventional’ after all…)

        Bugger. I feel a long convoluted post coming on … I think I’ll go for a walk instead …

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      3. Your cosmonaut buddy may himself be younger than his birth certificate might indicate—but does that mean he’s travelled into his future?

        (Clue: wait till he dies, then look at his whole life; from both ends.)
        (Or use imagination … it helps a whole heap and saves all that waiting.)

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  2. Yes no two objects can occupy the same space, there must be some kind of disturbance. That is obviously a hindrance and problem with time travel, but it doesn’t make it indefinitely impossible, in my opinion anyways.

    I see what you’re saying too, but many physicists would disagree, that’s all I’m saying. I’m not going to pretend I fully understand what they’re saying though, much of it flies over my head like a B2 spirit bomber.

    As for the cosmonaut, everything would appear normal for him, but for others on earth, he has traveled into the future. As for watching his life, it depends where we are watching it from 😉

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  3. Think 4 dimensions rather than our basic three. Length, breadth, depth and Time.

    At my simple level, for me to locate something anywhere in the universe I require a minimum of four dimensions; and must refer those to known datums (making any necessary allowances).

    Your cosmonaut travels in his own little self-contained bubble, no? As you say, it depends on where we are watching from. Methinks that his trip into the future is a one-way trip (no ‘Return’ ticket). Sure, he might come back to planet Earth … but he ain’t gonna come back to ‘here’.

    And I still love that ‘astronaut paradox’ (the twins paradox) where the adventurous twin shoots off around the galaxy and eventually comes home to find his brother now apparently many years (and much wear-and-tear) older than he is.

    We cannot ‘locate’ anything unless we have (at least) four dimensions, but being restricted to this planet helps a lot. However there’s no point in popping over to Rome to chat with Julius Caesar if he’s been dead all these years, even if you do go to exactly where he once was. To chat with Caesar you need reach all four co-ordinates: lat, long, elevation, and when—

    —and if you could somehow magic yourself there a simple shower of rain would shred you like machine-gun fire only much better. That rain has already fallen, some two thousand years ago … you aren’t going to change a drop of it. To do so could be to rewrite the entirety of history since then (given those stupid butterflies effecting everything …*)

    Referring to my second para above and applying it only to this planet … in our daily living and otherwise we still need four dimensions, but luckily we can assume the fourth from context. Time, mostly, is a rarely mentioned ‘given’.

    * I hate to say the words … “Butterly Effect” …

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