posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 03:26 PM
Let's see how well I could do as a time voyager (let's say I went back to 1962):
How do you guys share information?
"We read papers and watch television, but we also send information over the telephone lines in the form of images and text."
When was that invented?
"I'm not sure, I think it started as a militart thing in the 1960s."
This phone service you use?
"Well, it wasn't used by civilians until the 90s, but I know a few guys who used something like it before then."
Do we land on the moon?
"Yes, we landed on the moon."
How much does it cost to buy a moon ticket?
"You can't buy a ticket to the moon, we don't fly there."
What problems does your society have?
"Well, many parts of the inner city are riddled with crime. The housing projects have a lot of problems."
What year did crime start to go up?
"In the late 60s/early 70s, I believe"
Do we fight a war with the communists?
"Yes, but not with Russia in russia, though Russians sent a lot of advisors to the actual war."
Which was with someone else?
"Yeah, we fought the communists in asia."
So we went to war with China?
But we've said we won't get involved with the problems there.
"Well, we get into it slowly."
When is war declared?
So there isn't a war?
"Yes and no, it's an armed conflict that's undecalred."
When does it start?
"Well, it's going on now, in a way, but it doesn't start until 1964, unofficially, still. It, arguably, started in 1954."
Now, I've answered every question above as well as I can without giving away info someone could bet on... yet someone in 1962 could say that I was
being evasive and contradictory. Their own beliefs might also be used to 'debunk' what I said.
1.I couldn't pin down a date for the start of the Vietnam war (which can be said to have many beginnings)
2.In 1962 we were involved in Vietnam, but most americans were unaware of either the involvement or its scope. So... i would be 'lying' by most
standards in this regard.
3.Crime and failed social projects... in 62 things like housing projects were seen by many politicians as a necessary step in rehabing cities. My
report on their failure might be ignored if it was judged by 1962 values.