reply to post by USAFJetTech
Well USAFJettech (funny user ID btw), good point, but the biggest problem with time travel is even simpler than this, and it is of a purely
It's the fact that "time" is only a conception, just as our whole chronological, linear conception of how things evolve and move in this world. The
idea that there is the past, the present and the future is purely, literally, an idea, and nothing more. Yet our whole civilization has mostly
adjusted and synchronized itself to it so it everybody could be coordinated and everything would hold together, at least from the exterior.
But in reality, if you just look around you and place yourself our of the idea of time, all you actually see are things moving, relatively, and
evolving. You cannot see a past, nor a future, and not even a present, you only see a constant FLOW of things. Time was only a way to measure this
flow so that we would not lose our faint grasp on reality, and between humans beforehand. Solar, mechanical or electronic clocks made it possible for
this measure to work on a large scale so that a broader mass of people could relate to it, just as compasses or rulers. This measure, like the metric
or imperial systems, are strictly cultural constructs, and the best proof is that American Natives did not have any notion of time in their ways to
measure the world, it was brought to them, just as the imperial system and the English language was brought to all British colonies so now today we
get to communicate mostly in a language that's foreign to many people around the world, so that it makes it possible for folks like me to bring my
ideas on ATS (!).
Sooo, since the relation between the abstract idea of time and the concrete referring reality is still totally unfounded, how could there be a way to
make a machine reverse a process that exists only in the world of ideas? It's illogical. Doesn't make more sense than making a table levitate with
your mind. The scientists who believe that are idiots that can't think outside the box at all...
Perhaps we can "go back in time" to some extent -by going back to some other order of things- but there would be no way, with our current system of
measure, to do that. Quantum physics has offered some interesting clues to it, but still we have to find a proper system of measurement to use. If you
wanna go back in time, you just simply don't enter, like, "September 18th 1856, 1:46 pm, 23784 seconds" in the time machine, so that you can go
save your great-great-grandfather from being shot by a gunslinger. It simply won't do anything. We need a system that has a minimum of relation with
the real, physical world, like carbon-dating, or astral configurations, or something.. but would it coincide with our own notion of time? Most
probably not, as reality is far from being linear and continuous. It is, actually, very multidimensional in the way it evolves, and goes far beyond
what we can perceive and measure.