Time creates perhaps arguably the greatest bifurcation schism in all of our awareness.
It divides that which has happened, from that which will happen with what is happening right now.
I don't know where one would put what 'might' [have] happen[ed].
Maybe in some ambiguous region that is mostly in the future, but that loops around to before the ancient past.
The sequencing, passage of moments that creates [one of the?] the greatest structural element of all.
Time is the linkage sequencing between instantaneous existence flashes.
Arguably with all of what can or might happen, in the future, i am not sure what the rationale for meddling in the past is.
[I just watched 'Frequency' the other day]
With all the paradoxes & the cascading repercussions of inserted actions problems it sounds quite illadvisable a thing to do.
And if it is that fluid, it just seems like it would very easily lose all coherence.
Everything could easily start spinning off into wild unpredictability. Degradation of events into insanity. Like maybe physics starts breaking down &
becoming unstable, or time sequencing starts glitching with little or large discontinuities. it is sort of the notion that all things are sort of
suspended in fluid. Perhaps an especially vapid fluid without any [or very little] inertia/continuity characteristics.
Maybe someone time travels & only then do they realize the horrible, nightmare mistake they have made. Breaking from coherence & continuity should not
be done lightly or without great trepidation, imo.
When all your dreams become possible, invariably all your nightmares do too.
It could also be that the past has a special characteristic that the present & [potential?] future(s) do[es] not.
Like a gravitas embedment. like supermass. [infinite, leaden, heavy inertia?]
You might be able to go back and change an event, but the mass of everything else would almost inevitably defeat it to make any lasting change.
If the supermass idea was true it would probably make going into the past a simply impossibly resource expensive proposition.
Like you can bend the corner of an automobile fender, but the rest of the auto is virtually unchanged.
It would be essentially pointless, with the possible exception of doing so purely as a sensorial tour experience.
I have no particular evidence to support the supermass notion, but it doesn't seem to violate our perceptions & experience with time.
[running off on own tangent~]
Interestingly that might imply that the 'future', if there is any such thing, is sort of hyper un-massive. The future may be exotically trivial.
ultimately the notion of progress may become meaningless. drivel. irritatingly fake emptiness.
It might also meld well with a proposition i have proffered that length is a function of the past, & the reason going faster than light requires going
backwards in time is because the future has no length to travel yet. The only available length/distance to traverse lies in the past.
Logically, experience requires the passage of time.
Consciousness/awareness applied to time = experience? -> memory-impression?
Maybe it is all a function of scale.
Maybe UFOs are real, right this instant, but they are actually operating on a hypermicro, sub-Planck-length scale.
& maybe what is being displayed to people is an insane magnified projection.
Or equally the converse, where mega-ominous huge scales are condensed/shrunk down to our micro-universe. Playing with the 'ants'?
Maybe the macro isn't interested in us, except as a means of access to the [hated/loved? super curious?] hyper-micro. Or terrified avoidance of the
Also from a psychological standpoint our purpose/agenda in manipulating the past [or even the present or future] is to create some altered
'meaningful' 'better' 'improved' outcome.
Does the past have inescapable, ominous portends & the future is so trival as to be worthless?
In perhaps an odd way that suggests that our focus should be upon the present or its very close vicinity, where animation & at least theoretic options
exist or at least not very far into the future or past.
But that actually bothers me a bit emotionally, as my upbringing trained me with at least the notion of defensive preparations for the unknown,
Gathering eclectic resources & hoping one can assemble some applicable subset of them into useful configuration as some pending 'future'
I suppose the notion if you could go into the very short term past & redirect something it might have some lasting ramifications. In fact so fast that
it is indistinguishable from the present. And maybe that is part of what our minds do or at least try to synthesize.
It is like we are trying to run our minds double time on the half instants between the regular integer discrete standard instants. On the fractions of
instants. [Does that mean we are putting out some weird kind of sub-Planck radiation?
But i suspect the threshold to the past is a really sharp, stark, ominous thing.
Blackholes, where time is sort of suspended at the center might have a means of peering into the past [pasts? alternate pasts?], but maybe even there
it might be more pleasant, if not necessarily more satisfying to use it to try and look into [leap to] alternate future domains, suspended over the
warping of spacetime there.
Somehow we always interpret the future as many possible branches & the past as a single ominous petrification,
but it may be [& some have suggested] that the past is in fact as multi-branched as the future & what we see or perceive of it is simply a matter of
angle of view.
If divergence actually occurs [which it may not] then it seems hard to imagine that convergence also may or is occurring.
The whole notion of 'useful' time travel is instigating a divergence from [singular?] sequence. [setting aside the tourism thought. If one is
anthropoligically studying the past, easily arguably that has or could have ramifications/consequences
Of course if one thinks of complete chaos of divergence, convergence & ambiguity then maybe time passage is a mechanism by which we derive/extract
meaning from something that actually has none.
And perhaps our expiration is when the eccentrified, synthesized build up of 'meaningfulness' exceeds containment & we sort of short circuit back at
least into meaninglessness & somewhat beyond it, if that is even possible. anti-meaningfulness? hate?
Not a pleasant thought, but i don't see any logic it seems to defy.
Dang, i think i am depressing [scaring?] myself a little with this thought inquiry.
'Hate' is the gravitas [supermass?] of the past? Again, another not pleasant thought.
Frustration [mismatch/difference between design/projections & actual experiences] builds up over a life-time until it explodes/destructs into
dissolution & seemingly inescapable hate?
Evasion might mean keeping one's hopes/anticipations vague & unstructured? Is that a cop out?
Who da woosie?
Most amazing of all is my ability to rant on, seemingly endlessly, about things where have not a single substantive element to work with.
I am the monopole.
Endless output, without any input.
(other adjectives, monotonous, monopolizing, pointless)
wouldn't it be weird if we were all [heavily?] indebted to hate & frustration [suffering?], as the benefactors of coherence & continuity they
Maybe i am paranoid.
maybe there are things to be paranoid about.
Question is, how well do my imagined paranoias match to any real things that might exist?
The lady or the tiger?
You can't know what you don't know,
& you can never fully know the mind of another.
this is not all the product of personal vanity!
well, ok, maybe.
shut up self.
self, compliantly shutting up (for now)
[edit on 29-6-2010 by slank]