10 Nov 2014
What if theoretical time travel could be scientifically arrived at? What would happen if it didn’t work as predicted?
Ultrafast Electron Microscope
Femto Photography (Slow motion at 1 trillion frames per second)
If Einstein’s theory of relativity is correct, exceeding the speed of light allows us to travel backwards in time. While this sounds very concise and dependable, what if that supposed speed could actually be reached or exceeded, and time could supposedly be “travel backwards” in. What is time? In order for us to approach this paradoxical new dimension of reality, we have to start thinking more philosophically. If time began when the universe began, then there was a point that there was no time, but if there was nothing, and then something, that would suggest that the moment before time existed would be included in the time line, would it not?
On the other hand, taking more of a theistic approach, and allowing for the possibility for a Creator to have eternally existed, it is only the predicted time measurements and resulting time line that is finite. But if there is no end or beginning of time, does that mean that is an illusion? Time is relative to those who are watching it transpire from a limited perspective. But to a being who is capable of existing in all possible places simultaneously, who knows all things knowable, it would be no stretch of the imagination to give Him the benefit of the doubt that He can make accurate predictions what what will happen in future events. But is time really bendable and malleable? If time is conceived as an ongoing sequence of events that follow each other, then any event that follows a previous point continues to be the future, even if it’s in the opposite direction.
Lets consider a mathematical time line. Starting at zero, we move ahead ten points, and then ten more. And then we choose to move back 30 spaces. We have crossed the zero point, but it is still one consecutive movement on the time line. It is still a chronologically consecutive event. It doesn’t matter which direction the event happens in, it is still following previous events. I am certainly no theoretical physicist, but I would venture that predictions about how time works are taken from observations of what has been seen from four dimensions. If any supposed time traveling were to ever happen, we would have already seen it, and it would probably have been quite bit news by now. Since there is no evidence of this, the conclusion is that time doesn’t work that way.
The concern here is that so much of our world relies upon this theory of relativity. It this is proved wrong, then everything has to be recalibrated. Science would once again “learn” a more accurate picture of what reality looks like. To be completely honest, science seems very unpredictable, because it relies upon observed evidences from equipment created from observed “certainties” in the universe. But what if certain “observed certainties” were never really certain at all. It means science has been fumbling along with incorrect measurements because of incomplete observations of the universe we live in. Don’t get me wrong, I love science, and especially technology. But I know myself well enough to know I can be deceived by what is alluring. What is true is what should be the foundations of our growth and forward momentum. The question is: do we know Truth?