Through the film Interstellar, average-sized brains were made aware of the concept of wormholes and the fifth dimension. But how many of us know the truth of the unknown. Today, I’m going to share some myths and reality of Time Travel.
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First, before I begin: Time Travel is real.
It is no rubbish, or at least, not in theories. Many enthusiasts and scientists all over the world are working to deduce something from earlier encounters and calculations; mathematicians are doing equations to solve the mystery. And investors are funding the research, which might produce the first TT machine someday.
Many ideas exist, and many theorems have been proved, but wormholes, however, rise highest among all those speculations. To stay clear of any confusion: it is a wormhole, not warm-hole (that would be a tragic wordplay if so was its true spelling or meaning).
For our time is very shadow that passeth away; and after our end, there is no returning: for it is fast sealed so that no man cometh again.Wisdom of Solomon 2:5
Lee, a fictional character from the only fiction I ever wrote: Demon with Emotions, is a time traveler. He is over 500 years old yet decided to live in his 40 years self. That book is not science fiction but more of a fantasy apart from the methods Lee used to travel time. Does he use wormholes? Hell no. Wormholes are practically non-existent. They are so tiny compared to what they show in the movies, even a bacteria cell has to squeeze its ass to get through.
In 2009, the famous and extremely talented physicist (who, by the way, can kick your ass) invited our descendants to a dinner party . He concluded from his philosophies that one could not travel to the past.
Although he didn’t say that directly, or maybe he did, but in that invitation, he conveyed his message with a little bit of irony. Well, the man got a sense of humor. The invitation was meant to people from the generation where the time machine is real, and he proved that that time: would not exist.
We can travel to the future if we are very, really, very fast, as told by Sir Hawk himself .
Why Time Travel is not Possible
If you run with the speed of light, that is about 3 lakhs kilometers every second or roughly 186,282 miles per second (no, you can never run that fast), then you might bend what we newbies call time-space continuum (source: the Flash).
Run that fast, and you would skip a second. Run that fast for hours, and you would skip some minutes. And even if you manage to build a freak particle accelerator of some kind and a flux capacitor (Back to the Future and The Flash), the best you can do is create a wormhole for such a short amount of time, it’s not possible with our current technology.
There are still many laws and forces which we’re not aware of yet.
So that’s one theory of time travel, and it is one-way. You cannot travel to the past. There are many paradoxes as well, which support the claim against the possibilities of time-travel.
One of the most controversial paradoxes on time travel, moreover, is about a man who killed his grandfather.
The Grandfather Paradox:
In the early 1950s or so, a statement that blew minds of many sci-fi enthusiasts came to know. It was called -the Grandfather paradox.
See, when something that many of us cannot understand just because we all are not Sherlock, many of us deny its existence. This deniability brings up the best quality of a modern human being: resistance.
We resist anything new because we’re afraid it might affect our habitat.
And that’s natural. This resistance raises some of the most valid arguments which otherwise would never occur to us.
Grandfather Paradox was a statement pictured by Robert Heinlein.
It is quite an amusing assumption, and if we think about it, It is quite reasonable.
Someone mysteriously dropped a baby girl outside an orphanage, without any note. She grew there, and after she turned 18, falls in love with a drifter. He impregnates her and leaves. During delivery, the doctors find that the woman has the female as well as male genitalia. To save her life, they transform her into a man. The Same night, “his” baby gets kidnapped.
Rejected and hated by society, our guy starts drinking and drifting, moving places.
One night, after several years, in some pub, he meets this bartender and pours all his lifetime sad story in front of him. The bartender resolves an act of revenge and takes him to the past on his time machine.
After reaching the past, this guy, instead of finding the drifter who got him impregnated, falls in love with a beautiful young woman.
Then after a one-night-stand, that beautiful young woman gets pregnant.
Freaked out, our guy leaves her in the dark.
The bartender then forwards time for nine-month and kidnaps that woman’s baby from the hospital and drops her in an orphanage 18 years earlier.
The drifter was the father and mother of himself (literally).
Have you got your mind spinning?
According to the grandfather paradox, if time travel to the past is possible, a person can “reproduce” themselves, and that certainly would break any physical law that we’ve ever known.
Sir Hawk simplified this paradox into something called the “mad scientist paradox,” which, if you’re interested, can read in his article. He also explained other means of time travel like orbiting a giant black hole and running like a DC superhero around the globe. (Yes, Berry Alan, it is you!)
Why Time Travel is not only possible but true
Ok, now this is interesting. Even after all the “resistance” and the facts proving time-travel is false, I’m here, telling you that it’s not only possible: but true.
The answer is simple: Multiverse.
Although Hawks explained very well why time travel to the past is not possible, my, alongside many other enthusiasts, believe the contrary.
The multiverse is far greater than our imagination, and it is the only (as far as we know of) scenario that transcends the laws of physics: by introducing and raising quantum physics to a new level .
I have yet another closing statement for you.
Do you remember yourself 5 years ago? Do you remember what your dreams were?
It might look way less scientific, but believe me; there might exist a version of you that is a lot different than you are, living in a different universe.
I believe, every fraction of a second, a new universe gets created . A new universe for each one of us. Millions of billions of universes every second, and there are infinite numbers of them out there.
When you break into the space-time continuum, you are not only skipping some distance or time. You are skipping a whole universe.
If you travel to the past, you travel to the past in a different universe, creating a different timeline, resulting in a different future and probably in a different life.
If you read comics, you’ll know what I mean.
Time travel is possible; time travel is the truth.
I mean, aren’t we traveling through time every second we live? Think about it.
Read more on the grandfather paradox.
Citations and Remarks:
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