Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Let's Talk About Time Travel Part 2
Last week I discussed time travel on the small screen, highlighting two shows I think are great time travel shows. You can check that post here. This week I wanted to discuss time travel in more general terms- specifically the problems it might cause. So... let's jump in.
What would happen if you actually went back in time? Would anything you do cause a paradox, or change the future? Could you go back and see... yourself? I personally don't see how there can be two of the same person. But say it is- what would that be like? Could you go back and change something you wish you had done differently? And if so, I wonder if the cascading effect (like ripples in a pond) would change lots of other things, resulting in a different future. If so, what happens to the old future? Does it cease to exist, or are there two timelines now?
This is where things get mindbend-y. Let's say you go back and decide on a different major. Or a different whatever. Well, just about everything would be different from that point, right? Like those ripples in a pond- there would be all kinds of effects from that choice. How would the universe keep it straight?
Are there "rules" of time travel? What about the future- how can we go somewhere that hasn't happened yet? Or maybe it has... would you rather go back in time, or forward? What would you change?
If you could choose to go back in time, or into the future, which would you choose? What eras would you love to see? And if going forward- what would you be looking for? Share in the comments!