It’s Christmas Eve and all I can think about is time travel. I’ve already opened most of my presents with most of my family., so now what? I have to wait quite a few more hours until I get to open more, so what’s on my mind?
Of course. The theme of one of my favorite shows, part of my blog username, and the thing that I am so obsessed with I’m surprised I haven’t discovered how to make it a reality myself. Although it’d be pretty cool, I don’t think I have the brain energy or determination to pull out a task of that scale; I thought I’d start running at least five times a week and I only did it once! I have no willpower.
So. Time travel. Thousands of theories, fears, hopes, dreams, and visions all come from one single concept. Here are some of my favorites:
- The Grandfather Paradox
The theory that time travel is impossible because what if you traveled back in time and kill your grandfather right before he had your mother/father? Well then how could you go back into time and kill your grandfather? This would then create an eternal paradox of he died before you came into the world, how do you exist and how did you kill him? Well you couldn’t, because you were never conceived and born because either your mother was never conceived and born herself to give birth to you, or because your father was never conceived and then born to help bring you into this world. So how is your grandfather dead if you never existed, therefor never being able to kill him.
- The Butterfly Effect
This is a personal favorite of mine, although I don’t know why. Now this one is really complicated and when I tried Googling a way to describe it, I got lost. So basically, I’m going to describe it the way I’ve always thought about it:
Say you travel back in time and you step on a butterfly, henceforth killing it. Now say perhaps, that butterfly was going to fly on over to the windowsill of Allen Turning, a WW2 hero and the man we have to thank for computers (there’s a movie that just recently came out about him called The Imitation Game which is one of my absolute favorites. You should definitely go watch as soon as possible). So anyways, in theory, that butterfly may have, I don’t know, helped Allen Turing have courage to keep making Christopher, the first computer and the very machine that helped England win the war against the Germans.
So what if that butterfly that you just theoretically stepped on and killed didn’t help Allen Turning finish make Christopher fast enough to save millions of soldiers lives, or maybe he wouldn’t have even finished making Christopher at all and the Allies would’ve lost the bloody war! Makes you think about everything different, doesn’t it?
- Einstein’s theory of “special relativity”
So I just looked this one up and I rather like it a lot, actually. Einstein basically believed that say you have a twin and he’s down on Earth while you’re in a spaceship. Okay, and so this spaceship can go the speed of light. So when you go the speed of light, or maybe even faster, you’ll start to age slower than you’re twin on Earth. And not only that, but if you are able to go faster than the speed on light, then, with the help of gravity and time, you can slow down or speed up time and make time “bend.”
Of course, I just looked up this theory and have a very loose interpretation of it, so if you see some flaws in this understanding, then please tell down in the comments below!
- What the Doctor says about all this
This would have to be my favorite part of this post and really this is just to gives this all some lightheartedness to all this talk of paradoxes and WW2 (really, what is it with me and WW2 today???). So here’s a little quote from the Doctor about all this and really, part of me agrees with him on this:
“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbley, time-y wimey stuff.”
And with that quote, I leave you all and bid you a goodnight/good day. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good book!
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