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when we get into a car, we are stepping inside a time machine. anything that alters the perception of movement beyond using our own two feet is a time machine.
space and time are intertwined. the faster we go, the longer we live. relativity.
"how far is the nearest gas station?"
"about 20 minutes".
we talk space in time and time as space.
when you get inside a car, you can cut days down to hours, hours down to minutes. this is traversing time. it's very clumsy, and very one way. how do we break through? by reaching the speed of light.
when you reach that speed, you become the light.
the medium is the message.
once you breakthrough, you have eternity. there is no time.
instant communication is also a time machine. when you pick up a phone, your analog voice is converted into signals that travel around the globe: electrical pulses on wire. light speed. the information gets reconverted into analog speakers for the human ear to hear. the internet and digital text, audio and video imaging interfacing instantaneously. this is time travel. you cover a lot of space and a lot of time. it's getting better. with broadband in its infancy, we can take that extra step of visualization: quantum teleportation. if we can build a network like this globally, who says that this system doesn't apply on a grander scale? perhaps we are mirroring how the universe works.
- @Om* 5/15/00
_Time Machines_ by Paul Laffoley
Homage to H.G. Wells, Alfred Jarry, J.B.L. Foucault, Henri Bergson, J.W. Dunne,
F.J. Tipler, George Van Tassel, R. Buckminster Fuller
In 1963, Roy Kerr, a New Zealand mathematician, found a solution of Einstein's equations for a rotating black hole, which had bizarre properties. The black hole would not collapse to a point (as previously thought) but into a spinning ring (of neutrons). The ring would be circulating so rapidly that centrifugal force would eep the ring from collapsing under gravity. The ring, in turn, acts like the Looking Glass of Alice. Anyone walking through the ring would not die, but could pass through the ring into an alternate universe.
Since then, hundreds of other "wormhole" solutions have been found to Einstein's equations. These wormholes connect not only two regions of space (hence the name) but also two regions of time as well. In principle, they can be used as time machines. Recently, attempts to add the quantum theory to gravity (and hence create a "theory of everything") have given us some insight into the paradox problem. In the quantum theory, we can have multiple states of any object. For example, an electron can exist simultaneously in different orbits (a fact which is responsible for giving us the laws of chemistry). Similarly, Schrodinger's famous cat can exist simultaneously in two possible states: dead and alive. So by going back in time and altering the past, we merely create a parallel universe. So we are changing someone ELSE's past by saving, say, Abraham Lincoln from being assassinated at the Ford Theater, but our Lincoln is still dead. In this way, the river of time forks into two separate rivers.
- Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics
I've thought of many, many ways of expressing this that would make it less catastrophically radical. A very simple way that makes everybody feel a little better is to suppose that what happens on December 21, 2012, is that physicists who've been laboring for some time toward the technology of time travel, actually succeed. Suddenly the timewave is fulfilled, and yet the heavens do not fall, and angels don't appear to lift us into paradise. The reason history ends at that date is because after the invention of time travel the notion of a seriality of events ceases to have any meaning. Everybody agrees history ended yesterday. We then experience life in a post-historical atemporal bubble where you not only tell where you live, but when you live.
McKenna - _The Evolutionary
Interestingly enough, Stephen Hawking once opposed the idea of time travel. He even claimed he had "empirical" evidence against it. If time travel existed, he said, then we would have been visited by tourists from the future. Since we see no tourists from the future, ergo: time travel is not possible. Because of the enormous amount of work done by theoretical physicists within the last 5 years or so, Hawking has since changed his mind, and now believes that time travel is possible (although not necessarily practical). (Furthermore, perhaps we are simply not very interesting to these tourists from the future. Anyone who can harness the power of a star would consider us to be very primitive.
Imagine your friends coming across an ant hill. Would they bend down to the ants and give them trinkets, books, medicine, and power? Or would some of your friends have the strange urge to step on a few of them?)
- Michio Kaku
The time travel question is more interesting. Possibly the world is experiencing a compression of technological novelty that is going to lead to developments that are very much like what we would imagine time travel to be. We may be closing in on the ability to transmit information forward into the future, and to create an informational domain of communication between various points in time. How this will be done is difficult to imagine, but things like fractal mathematics, superconductivity, and nanotechnology offer new and novel approaches to realizing these old dreams. We shouldn't assume time travel is impossible simply because it hasn't been done. There's plenty of latitude in the laws of quantum physics to allow for moving information through time in various ways.
- Terence McKenna - _Archaic Revival
Time Processing a Speculation.
Time manifests through Bodies, through Human Bodies, through Planets, Stars, and other Cosmic Structures.
We process Time, by living. We live in the world in a human body.
The world is a concentratedInformation field, the human body is concentrated information field. We operate in an Information rich Time-Field.
So what is happening here? What happens to the time we process?
Is Time processing us in some way? Is the body a Time machine, that projects us through the Information-Field we call the world? The world is filled with other Time machines, and our inter-actions with these other Time machines are what we call experience.
If we had no Time we would have no experiences and would not be living.
Time is what we eat to stay alive, it is what we digest our experience with.
Death is Time Processing us by eating us. By eating our experiences.
Time then is the inter-action of information fields, a mutual processing of intelligent life energies between cosmic structures that feed on one another. This happens on multi-dimentional levels and the more conscious the inter-action the more we as human beings are aware of the flows of information, the denser the time field becomes and remains in the memory as an intelligent resource. This intelligence is created as an ally that has the freedom of the whole Time-spectrum to exist simultaneously in the past, present and future.This is then something which we and other beings can use to time travel, to surf the 'Temporal Internet' and explore our futures and pasts and enhance the time densities of present moments enough to alter realities and information flows within the 'universal essence'. We then become Time messages in human bodies beaming information via planets, stars, and galaxies back to the Primal Matrix.
This is Time Processing.
Seven years before 22-year-old Wells wrote the first version of _The Time Machine_, Edward Page Mitchell, an editor of the New York Sun, published "The Clock That Went Backward."
Contemporary culture is a two-tiered system, like the Morlocks and the Eloi in H.G. Wells's _The Time Machine_, except that it's been turned upside down. In _The Time Machine_ the Eloi were an effete upper class, supported by lots of subterranean Morlocks who kept the technological wheels turning. But in our world it's the other way round. The Morlocks are in the minority, and they are running the show, because they understand how everything works. The much more numerous Eloi learn everything they know from being steeped from birth in electronic media directed and controlled by book-reading Morlocks. So many ignorant people could be dangerous if they got pointed in the wrong direction, and so we've evolved a popular culture that is (a) almost unbelievably infectious and (b) neuters every person who gets infected by it, by rendering them unwilling to make judgments and incapable of taking stands. Morlocks, who have the energy and intelligence to comprehend details, go out and master complex subjects and produce Disney-like Sensorial Interfaces so that Eloi can get the gist without having to strain their minds or endure boredom. Those Morlocks will go to India and tediously explore a hundred ruins, then come home and built sanitary bug-free versions: highlight films, as it were. This costs a lot, because Morlocks insist on good coffee and first-class airline tickets, but that's no problem because Eloi like to be dazzled and will gladly pay for it all.
- Neal Stephenson - _In The Beginning Was The Command Line_
4 Tones to Facilitate Travel Through Time
_Repo Man_ (vhs/ntsc) (1984)
Miller: Well the way I see it it's exactly the same. There ain't no difference between a flying saucer and a time machine. People get so hung up on specifics. They miss out on seeing the whole thing. Take South America for example. In South America thousands of people go missing every year. Nobody knows where they go. They just like disappear. But if you think about it for a minute, you realize something. There had to be a time when there was no people. Right?
Otto: Yeah. I guess.
Miller: Well where did all these people come from? hmmm? I'll tell you where. The future. Where did all these people disappear to? hmmm?
Otto: The past?
Miller: That's right! And how did they get there?
Otto: How the fuck do I know?
Miller: Flying saucers. Which are really? Yeah you got it. Time machines. I think a lot about this kind of stuff. I do my best thinking on the bus. That's how come I don't drive, see?
Otto: You don't even know how to drive.
Miller: I don't want to know how. I don't want to learn. See? The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.