737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 35 Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2453 times:
I've been reading Michael Crichton's book, Timeline, which deals with quantum physics and traveling to different times in alternate universes. If you could choose an era and location to visit, where would you go?
One that leaps instantly to mind:
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina - December 17, 1903.
I'd like to watch the Wright Brothers first historic flight, knowing that their success would launch a giant industry in years to come.
Kaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2431 times:
I am with dripstick on going back to the morning of Sept 11th. I would do anything in my power to erase the vision that has been stuck in my mind of that dark grey and blue 767 thundering overhead into the south tower. Just thinking back to it right now makes me lower my head in disgust just as I did watching that same scene almost a year ago. To rid myself of this nightmare would be a blessing.
Blink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5499 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2417 times:
I'd love to be a hippie in the 60s and 70s. It seems like such an interesting part in American history. It is more modern and really affected culture. The 60s was such an interesting decade in the United States.
"Make love not war!"
"Hell no we won't go!"
peace out man ,
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 17, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
Forget it guys. Think about what you are saying. Time travel is not, can not, and will not ever be possible. But it is fun to think about the possibilities though. The Back To The Future movies are some of my favorites. If it was, why haven't we been inundadted with visitors from the future?
There are all kinds of problems associated with time travel. The biggest one is the so-called "paradox".
Take 9/11 for example. You say you would go back and try and stop it. So you did, and the collapse of the WTC never took place. Since that event never took place, there would be no reason for you to travel back in time to prevent it. Since you never came back to prevent it, it therefore did occur. Since it did, you travel back, and so on and so on. The series of events becomes stuck in a perpetual loop.
It's the same thing as the so-called "Grandfather Paradox". What would happen if you travelled say 70 years into the past and killed your grandfather when he was just a baby? hat would mean that he wouldn't have fathered your father, who in turn fathered you. Therefore you wouldn't have been born. If you weren't born, then you couldn't go back and kill him. Since you didn't kill him, he was born. Again, there's that vicious cycle.
I've read many books and articles on the subject, some with sharply differing opinions. Most have talked about how time travel is theoretically possible, but the technical challenges alone seem to all but guarantee that it will forever be just a fantasy.
then there's the issue of altering history.
Perhaps we may only be able to travel back or forward in time to only witness events. We will not be able to interact with them.
Who knows.....it is fascinating to think about.
Oh...and to answer all of your questions:
I may want to go back and witness my own birth or my parents wedding, or the Wright Brothers first flight, or something lofty like that.
But I'd spend more of my time buying Lottery Tickets and playing the Stock Market.
I'd also make stops along the way, buying products and items that have long since been discontinued and have an E-bay bonanza.
737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
Very good post Matt D.
But according to Crichton's book (I'm only 300 pages or so into it and I am keeping in mind that it is a work of fiction), the people who developed this quantum technology claim that time travel is indeed impossible; they are traveling to alternate universes instead. They also claim that "time paradoxes" do not exist, that one person cannot have much of an effect on history. However, they do take precautions against introducing technology (weapons, etc) into these other universes. It's a little confusing.
It could be that the characters have their own agenda and are trying to mislead others. When I finish the book, I'll know for sure.
Wn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
I would find a way to be on the roof of tower two when AA11 struck tower one. I would bring the most up-to-date video recording technology available. I mean, man alive, to see something like that live! (I was more than ten blocks away at the time; didn't see much until they actually fell). I would also have made sure to have several RPGs with me at the time (Rediculous? Yes, but no more so than traveling in time), so as to crash the second plane before it could strike. Since it is quite unlikely that the north tower would have collapsed if no. 2 didn't, I would be very genuinely interested to see how PA handles the repair effort. Also, I would become a billionaire from copyrighting that footage.
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4188 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2300 times:
I'd return to:
-The first flight (Kitty Hawk, 1903)
-The last Delta L-1011 flight (and be on the flight this time, not told by the reservations agent that the L10s had been retired on 7/17/02!)
-1969, to be able to watch the Apollo 11 landing (on TV)
...or go back to every time I screwed something up & correct it, and relive all of the most enjoyable moments in my life.
I would also go forward, to see whether or not I get married, what job I have, the planes, airports & airlines of the future, etc.
Just my ideas!
Matt D- I've heard of the "Grandfather Paradox" & I thought it was an interesting concept.
Super Em From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
I would go back to Adam and Eve and make sure that they do not eat the apple. We would all be better off if they did not sin. Sept 11 would be the second priority. I doubt however that kind of technology exists.