posted on Jan, 9 2009 @ 11:18 PM
This is my first thread, so if this is not the correct forum, I apologize.
As far as I know, I am the first and only person to actually conduct a time travel experiment. I have always had an interest in science and what some
call pseudo-science. Because of this, I have also been interested in time travel. Like many of you, I have speculated about the feasability of time
travel. I also wondered if time travel might be perfected within my lifetime.
So, this led me to wonder if I could somehow find out and I devised this very simple time travel experiment.
What I did was, I made a pact with myself that if time travel was perfected within my lifetime, then I would use it to travel back in time to meet
myself. I know this violates the time travel paradox, but frankly I don't buy into the paradox. In my opinion, if time travel is possible at all then
there is nothing to stop you from meeting your former self.
At first the experiment sounds very simple, just get in the time machine, set the dial to some time of your choosing, then ZAAAP, back in time. Then
hookup with your old buddies.
The problem is how many of you can place yourself at a particular place and time with 100 percent certainty? I know in my own case there are only a
handfull of memories that I can recollect, with 100 percent certainty, that they took place at a specific time, date, and place.
I decided that I needed to create a time reference point for myself. I needed to create an event in my life that could be located by time, date, and
place, with 100 percent accuracy, and 100 percent recall. An event that I could remember with clarity for decades, centuries if necessary.
So, I decided that I would arrange to travel to a specific place, on a date that I could not possibly forget. Since, I had always wanted to visit the
Four Corners Monument, and since it is fairly remote, with a lot of wide open space. Who knows how large a time machine might be? I settled on this as
the place. I decided that it was likely that the United States would exist and its landmarks would not disappear within my lifetime. Even if it did,
records will exist showing the former state boundaries.
I decided that the date would be my 40th birthday, and the time would be high noon. (Melodramatic I know, but I grew up in the West.) I was 38 at the
time that I settled all of this and this gave me time to prepare for the experiment. It also gave me time to let the whole experiment sink into long
So, I had my time travel experiment set up. All I had to do was carry it out. I talked to my wife about it, and although she thought that it was very
wacky, she liked the idea. She likes to travel and she had never been to Four Corners either, so she was more than happy to go along. I bought a GPS
unit, so that I could locate myself precisely. I had intended to log every move that I made that day, and to record it, but I discovered that was not
So, the time came to carry out the experiment. My wife and I flew to Albequerque, NM and we drove to the Four Corners area. We took a room at a motel
near Four Corners. On the morning of the designated day, we woke at 7am, had breakfast, and loaded the car. I was surprised that I had a feeling of
anticipation about the whole thing. I guess that I was excited about the posibility (no matter how remote) that I might actually experience something
We left the motel and drove to the Four Corners National Monument. We arrived about 10:30 am local time. We unpacked our lawnchairs, water,
binoculars, sunscreen, etc. I picked a spot near the monument and watched. I decided to wear my very favorite T-shirt (I have two of these exactly the
same.) I have worn this same T-shirt in all of my last 3 driver's license photos, so it is a shirt that I am sure to recognize, and more important,
I sat and watched the sky, the terrain, the tourists, and checked to see if there was anybody watching me, or looking, or acting out of place. Again,
I have no idea of what time travel might be like, so I watched for any sign of anything abnormal. Meanwhile my wife was checking out the
silversmith's wares and haggled over a bracelet.
At 11:55am I got in line to get my picture taken standing in all four states. I checked the time on my GPS and at exactly 12 noon, I was standing on
the mark that indicated the intersection of four states.
Then nothing happened. The time came and went.
I was not overly surprised that nothing happened. I wasn't even particularly disapointed, this was after all an experiment. I was interested to see
what the outcome would be.
I moved back to my lawnchair. Since it was my intention to create a time reference in my life, I decided that I would spend at least two more hours at
the site, just in case. So, I sat in my lawnchair, and my wife continued to shop.
So, we stayed at the Monument. I walked around a little but I left my lawnchair in exactly the same spot. I read the plaques, walked around the place,
looked at the arts and crafts, talked with some tourists, played with my GPS. Never moving too far from my lawnchair, just in case.
At around 4:00 pm we decided to move on. So we loaded the car and headed for a campground. I had brought a tent, and I wanted to do some camping.
My wife and I talked about the day and what the experiment showed. We both agreed that it probably indicated that time travel would not occure within
my lifetime, or at least it would not be common.
This was a little over 8 years ago and I have talked to a few of my friends about the experiment. Some think that it is completely wacky, others find
it interesting that I actually carried it out. They all agree that they have not heard about any other similar experiments. So, to my knowledge this
is the first and only time travel experiment ever conducted. If you know of any others please post them.
By the way, if you want to, you can meet me at high noon, August 26, 2000, at the Four Corners Monument. It's ok if you're a little late, I'm there