The World`s First Time Machine

Submitted by: Bekll 10 years ago in Science

What once was fantasy will soon be fact.
There are 209 comments:
Male 44
a) he succeeds and travels back in time in our timeline. which is foobar because we would already know about it. b)he travels back in time and the multiverse theory aplies. he splits the time line in two in which case we can basicly assume he dies because we have no way of proving hes alive. his cals are right IN THEORY. but remember theory isnt everything. we used to think we were the center of the universe. the point is unless he stayed 100% hidden this is not possible in our concievable timeline. if he succeeds and goes to the future however thats another story. but remember if he went to the past. and for some reason managed to change the timeline then of course the entire build up would not be so and we would already have the ability to travel through time. and seeing as im here typing this now. he hasnt done that. space/time is a duality. 0% space = 100%time. traveling at 80% of max possible speed (light) 20% time. 110% light speed = -10% time.
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Male 8
umm if time travel will have been made possible in the future then why hasnt somone from the future gone to the present which is their past and tell us they made a time machine in the future. lol try saying that fast and understanding it at the same time!!!:P
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Female 35
It`s pratically impossible. If you go back to the past, to change even one thing can set things off. Even if you went back in time to yesterday, you can change what your past self does, there fore changing what you do today. If you go to tommorow (future)you might find out that someone died and then you try and fix it but might get your self killed, not allowing you to go back to the past. Both will cause a paradox, because you cannot be two places at once and you cannot influence what you in the past did or what you are going to do.
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Male 949
It`s possible, and it probably will happen. If you disagree that is because you are a narrow-minded non-nice individual with a rotten avacado for brains.
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Male 593
^^ YAY IT WORKED ^^
Time traveling DOES exist. My future self just arrived from the future and brought a portable time machine along. Because even if I`d tell me how to make it, we don`t have the technology to build it. And I couldn`t post it when I invented it (in the future) because at that time IAB didn`t exist anymore.
So if you excuse me, I`ll now use my brand-new Time Machine® to go to the past and tell myself to post my previous post, to preserve continuity.
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Male 593
I just met my future self who came from later and told me to post this. I`ll ellaborate when I know more.
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Female 920
I`m definelty all for it!
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Male 4,246
I mix thyme into my pasta sauce, it adds a wonderful flavour.

Why yes, I have stopped taking this seriously, why do you ask?

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Male 40
And I am using the term "create" very loosely.
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Male 40
All I was saying is that a time machine is probably not the best term to use. It is not like someone is creating or destroying time, they are just finding ways to work around it. The fact that humans sense and understand time, which makes us the creators of it, means that we are time machines. Something that moves through or around time would be better labelled a time travel machine.
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Male 263
their fundamental theory is flawed, that time is a dimension that can be bent.
Also, you can`t go into the future, because there is not a single piece of proof that we are living our lives out in an infinite manner. This is what would be needed for time travel.

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Male 738
I like how he demonstrated the dimensions.
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Male 957
wow that was quite something.

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Female 24
honestly, the concept of time travel scares me a little. I mean if someone could control the past then they would control the future. I think what I`m trying to say is what if someone erased the past and controlled the peoples thoughts and actions with propaganda and whatnot, 1984 would come true but then again it could without time travel.. just in case some of you are wondering 1984 is a book written by George Orwell. forgive me sometimes I just talk too much haha...
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Female 1,492
that is flippin` amazing!!! but how are they gonna find the particle they send back?
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Male 982
"Why would you want to go back in time honestly? I have a hard enough time trying to grasp what in the hell happens in the present let alone the past."

Quoted for truth.

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Male 1,825
boring and would never work. too many paradoxes
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Male 6
i have my doubts but itd be cool
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Male 6
i could keep jimi hendrix and janis joplin and john lennon from dying..yay
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Male 6
i have my doubts but itd be cool
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Male 810
I`m 14 and I could do a better job of explaining the dimensions 2, 3, 4, and on through 10.
He did explain his technique well though, and the concept of folding through dimensions.

But the best way to warp through time would be the sixth, not the fourth. The fourth dimension is simply, time. You can travel through the fourth dimension if you fold it in to a loop yes, but you`d be in the sixth dimension if you were properly folding into different periods of your life.

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Female 222
Why would you want to go back in time honestly? I have a hard enough time trying to grasp what in the hell happens in the present let alone the past.
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Male 2,781
MAYBE HE CAN SET IT UP IN A BADASS DELOREAN..
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Male 170
Full Story

This is the link to the full story which this was taken from.

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Male 1,461
How would he prove that his particles went back in time anyway?
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Female 161
that was retarded. period.
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Female 138
This is only a small section of the entire program, which I watched a few months ago. It`s pretty interesting.
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Male 579
just so you know, he said that you can`t go past the time you turn it on, so he and everyone else CAN`T go to any time past the time it was turned on. so, if it was turned on may 3rd 2009, thats as far back as you go.
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Male 242
Like I said in my first post here, he didn`t make it :-P but you`re right, time travelling is dangerous buisness
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Male 42
if you think about it, it puts us in danger just for his dumb dad. what if he does go back in time. that could screw up the whole universe and we could be never born. too risky i would say... for everyone. i hope he doesnt make it
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Male 242
roller_03- everyone is continually moving through the 4th dimension as time passes. time is in that aspect one-dimensional, a time-line. time travelling is moving across that line (forward, backward) in an irregular way
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Male 49
But if we went back already wouldn`t it of already happened so anybody going back in time would of happened already and been seen. If like he said it`s just one time-line like a rope. Anything he would of done has happened, so basically i guess it never happens but it could still be real just, noone has come back... that`s my 2 cents.
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Male 242
I wonder if he thought of this: If he would succeed in making a time machine, and travel back in time to save his fathers life, why didn`t his father live longer? Or, if his father had lived, he wouldn`t have gotten the motivation of building a time machine in the first place. So there`s your first paradox.

bubba_gum- you`re an idiot

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Male 40
Technically, don`t time machines already exist? Isn`t everything a time machine since we are all moving through time? Also, using the clip comparison of the paper and the paperclip, how can we expect, as pieces of paper, to exist in or move ourselves into the 4th dimension? Just as he was saying that the paper can`t understand what is going on with the paperclip, how can we say that we then understand what is going to happen with the 4th dimension when we are in the 3rd? Rules might exist that we can not fathom or even begin to understand.
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Male 142
idk but it could be like it goes into another dimension just like this one. so its possible that we have sent something but we really don`t know it. something like Back to the Future where Marty knows that the mall was called "twin pine mall" but if you recall he ran over one of the pine trees so when he went back it was called "lone pine mall"
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Male 278
time is somthing man created, time does not exist. and if he will send somthig back into time, wouldn`t we already know about it?
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Male 695
Kinda cool if he makes a machine, yell out "EUREKA!!!", turn it on... and we all fall into a black hole!
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Male 144
Blablablablablablablablablablablablablabla okay?

bla.

here`s an example of someone who will never succeed in his dream.

did i mention blabla.

There is only NOW in the objectivity of the universe, time is just a tool. Yes if you could keep up with or outspeed the speed of light u could see past images. but thats not diffirent from television.

I`m glad i dont have to pay tax for that pointless instrument.

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Male 902
i made a joke post about a crazy scientist who attempted to travel through time with vacuum tubes and used your post as evidence and we are both reading too much into this. Fear not, i didn`t accuse you of being overly insightful. I would never be so rude to a stranger.
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Male 4,246
"So however nonsensical, your post became relevent."

Uh-huh. :-/ I was jokingly referring to the US Senator who called the Internet a `series of tubes.` As for what lucid676 said...I`m not sure it connects at all.

Either you`re reading too much into what I said, or I`m reading too much into what you`re saying.

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Female 718
yea, right, sure, hmm, yea you do that. not going to happen and in the remote chance it does, well, lets just say we`re all screwed if you think about it.
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Female 401
NOt wow at all....all we need is some retard to send something or one back in time and drat everything up to the point where we dont exist because of something that they made happen. People need to leave certain poo alone. The world is not interesting if everything is discovered! We need mystery! ARRG~!
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Male 902
R_U_Kidding
Male, 18-29, Canada
1474 Posts Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:25:42 AM
See, the time-space continuum is like a series of tubes...

Offlinelucid676
Male, 18-29, Western US
5 Posts Wednesday, February 28, 2007 5:35:28 AM
There is an amazing interview about this guy done by this american life at thislife.org. It covers how he tried to make a time machine out of vacuum tubes when he was a kid.

Then mine followed his. So however nonsensical, your post became relevent.

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Male 4,246
"If RUKidding`s logic holds any water, he was closer back then than he is now. Which really only creates another time paradox, if you think about it."

HylianNinja: I presented logic? Um, I think you may have confused me with somebody else.

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Male 12
They fail.
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Female 152
Did anyone call that number? I wanna know what they say. That`s some crazy sh it.
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Male 280
Umm... I know how to travel either forward or backwards in time. If you want to go into the past, walk west, and future, east. Cuz time is late to the west and early in the east. Pretty clever huh? Well anyway, yea. I doubt ill live to see the day I can go back... Just go back. Ahhhh.. That would be so cool. But a person can dream, cant he?... CANT HE?!?!?!
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Male 468
there will never be a time machine because stuff like 9/11, pearl harbor, both world wars, etc. happened and i would think that those are some things to go back and prevent from happening
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Male 51
i think if that dude keeps fuwking with that machine, he will create a black hole and get us all sucked in...just think about it, really think about it, the only possible outcome is a black hole...
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Male 12
Time travel into the future exists and is easy to do. All you gotta do is just STAND THERE!!! and soon you`ll be in the future in no time!
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Male 438
i have a time machine, its called a clock
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Male 388
booooo
time travel is a load of BS
his efforts are in vain.
he needs to get over his dads death, it happens
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Female 33
this clip was taken from a show on televison, so obviously he couldnt explain his whole plan in the six-some minutes shown here.

spacetime confuses/intrigues me, and i`d love to see time travel become possible someday =]

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Male 982
Just think.
at least we`re attempting to get somewhere.
Regardless of whether he`s making progress or not, he`s giving one hell of an effort.
The world needs more people like this.
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Male 623
that spinny time space thing actually made sense
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Male 188
this video is total crap that presents nothing revolutionary, why the high rating?

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Male 49
The earth rotates about its axis, and the earth rotates around the sun, the sun rotates around the galactic center, the galaxy is moving about the universe, the universe is moving around/about (what? if the universe is a term for all that exists then what is it expanding into?)?? How fast are we really moving then =P
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Male 902
And how the hell could it reach that point in space after the initial time travel expedition? A secondary black hole created solely for the purpose of its teleportation to its targets time-modifed location?
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Male 902
The funny thing is, the earth spins as it rotates around the sun, which could be spinning around some other body. The entire universe is expanding. Its all a very crooked deal that means nothing might ever really pass by the same point in space twice. Or is this "particle" that is "fired" into this "black hole" equipped with a homing device to locate exactly where this "time machine" was at "located" the time it is being sent to?
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Male 4
As for paradoxes. These couldn`t happen as you could never travel back to a point before the machine was switched on as the spinning space would no longer exist. Hence why he can`t send himself instructions on how to build the machine.
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Male 4
The column of intense laser light has the same effect as a rotating black hole. It drags space around with it thus creating a column of space spinning at near light speed. The sub atomic partical would then be fired into the column also at near light speed.

Within the spinning area of space the partical never passes light speed and so laws of physics are preserved, but the combined velocity of both the partical and the space it`s travelling through, relative to the rest of the universe, will actually be far greater than that of light causing the partical to travel back in time.

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Male 4
I actually know this theory and it is possible.

According to relativity as you approach the speed of light time slows down eventually stopping all together when you reach light speed. Once you pass light speed time then starts to reverse.

The problem is the laws of physics state that nothing can go faster than light.

This is where the lasers come in.

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Male 902
Doesn`t matter. At the end, the perceived protagonist will destroy the machine while uplifting 80s music, or possibly a very melodic inspirational rap song, plays in the background. If it works out really well, the world will see how it ends in 2-8 years. It`ll be funny as we keep getting little snippets through all sorts of invisible mediums broadcast into our mass communication devices. Only to find out that he was the bad guy all along. Brick shatting will ensue.
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Female 1
Am I the only one who sees what a stupid, and completely selfish idea this is? One man wants to go back in time so he can see his dad. He`s so smart, but what he hasn`t considered is that if he does, in fact, learn how to go back in time, and does, and changes one thing in his life, everyone else in the world`s life could be different. If his dad lived, he could meet someone who knows someone, and they`ll get together, and something will happen and someone will get murdered, and that someone knows someone who knows you, it gets on the news, you freak out, etc, etc. There is a whole chain of events that could happen if one man decides to change one thing. Imaging the chaos that would ensue if EVERYONE decided they wanted to change something. Personally, I like my life the way it is, and I don`t want someone else to screw it up. So sorry, no thanks, no way. Idiots.
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Male 602
Uh, when he put the paperclip through the paper I had a problem with that. When the paper clip left the paper, would that create a rip in time, which would inadvertently destroy everything as we know it? Like the hole in the paper?
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Female 1,398
that is such a load of crap. the words and the pictures didn`t match squat, they were just talking about crap.
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Male 528
you`ve got to be kidding me
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Male 359
if Eintstein was correct about the laser ring that if you make a loop it creat a loop in time and space it would unlock more then just time travel it would unlock hyperspace which in turn would unlock long distance space travel letting the human race get to diffrent planets and stars.
Or it could cause a black hole (again one of Einsteins theory`s) and it would destroy the solar system.

So either way Einstein is correct about something

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Male 238
how does he know if it goes to the past? mabey it went to the future...
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Male 148
I have a time machine!

My memories take me to the Past.
My dreams to the Future.
I`m in the present.
(I love that quote even if it ain`t exact)
Guess what NO paradoxes...

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Male 366
that`s all well and good, but they don`t seem to have any method of measuring how far it`ll send the particles, and if time is in a loop, and the future is infinite, then the guy will end up floating in a white tunnel filled with clocks.
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Female 8
Whoa..
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Male 536
Guy goes back to past > Saves father > Father survives well past today > Guy has no motivation to create Time Machine > Osht.
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Male 1,866
I can`t wait till he fails...
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Male 382
If there was a way for people to travel from the future, they would have to have a portable machine because we sure as hell have no way for them to get back. Yet. And whats to say this guy isn`t from the future and invented this to get the heck outta here? I myself wouldn`t mind going back on a one way trip with some winning lottery numbers, and take some risks I should have taken when I was younger. But then again not like the pepsi commercial
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Male 142
Umm Sting and loop(the last thing he mention)
sounds like Quantum Leap
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Male 1,289
anyone call that number yet?
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Male 701
i like the whole thereory, just so i can imput my opinion. I think that time isnt linear, it goes slower at some parts faster at others, depending your state of mind, so find a way to go back, you wont know how to go to where you want to be. Also, i think, you would have no effect in the past, you might try to do something and its like you are not even there, thats just my theory, just stuff i think about when im about to go to sleep :\
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Female 21
As to the people talking about time parodoxes: if you look deeply enough into the physics, then you realize that a paradox can`t occur, because you`re not creating a loop as such, you`re creating branching timelines from your actions, we think.

Maybe this is a little bit out there for asking on this forum, but does anyone have an idea how a laser is supposed to create this gravitational vortex they`re talking about? I`m not a doctor of physics, but it would seem to me that if gravitational whirlpools are as easy as setting up a loop of laser light then contragravity, the problem of absolute zero and time travel should be readily obvious already...

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Male 602
What if he does build it? He steps into the laser, gets brought back in time, does what he needs to do, then what? The laser wasn`t built back then so he has no way of going back.
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Male 425
That would kick ass to be able to go back in time. But I don`t think it`ll ever happen.
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Male 1,725
that is soooooo awesome
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Male 23
I would kill Hitler, and save JFK. Also, pass that test
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Male 16
Yay!!! Now Uncle Rico can go back to 1982 and take state, go pro, etc...
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Female 576
=O
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Male 188
If time travel were possible, somebody from the future would have arrived by now.
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Male 1,343
Snake! You can`t do that! The future will be changed! You`ll create a time paradox!!
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Male 4,393
fool!!! if you change the past, you can change the future!!!
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Male 158
if he saw his father, then why didn`t he see his future self (when he was a kid) talking to his dad?
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Female 71
If it did end up working, imagin how touched the father would be. His son did the impossible just to see him.
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Female 1,025
wouldnt depend on it.
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Male 176
bllsh%t
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Male 448
One day they will be doing an expirement and eveything will disappear..
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Male 147
I didn`t bother reading five pages of comments, so if what I`ve said has already been said, sorry.

I learned in physics last year that traveling into the future is possible if you go faster than the speed of light (which I`m not sure if that`s possible or not) but you`ll still live the same amount of years relative to yourself, it`s just everyone not going the speed of light will be moving a lot faster relative to you. However, if time travel to the past was ever invented, even if there were strict rules not to make yourself seen, don`t you think at one point time machines will be on the black market and some joker will go to like the American Revolution or something and streak around? But we`ve never seen that happen so I don`t think it`s gonna happen.

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Male 277
For one, time is only re;evant so you can`t travel into something that essentially doesn`t exist... That`s why time travel never has, and never will be invented.
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Female 4,447
No, SuperWombat, people who are prejudice are dumb and quite ignorant.
And I must say, I`m enjoying the comments far more than the actual post.
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Female 339
Call me crazy, but i think all this is very possible

People going into the past would screw up the future yada yada ya... but think about it.. when we get to the point where humans can travel back, surely there`d be some super tight massive rules in using it to prevent anyone from the future from being seen

*shify eyes* The people from the future could be watching us right now o.O *shudder*

Also, that guy never said he wanted to go back and save his dad! He just said when he was a boy he desperately wanted to see his dad again, he`s a proffesor of physics now, he would know its not possible to save him

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Male 1,420
http://www.tenthdimension.com/medialinks...
acctually, this is a great video explaining how the dimensions relate to eachother.
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Male 1,420
first, his analogy with the 2D/3D thing isnt quite the same... the piece of paper isnt moving in quite in a line... one point in time is like a "point" in the 4th dimension. a line in the 4th dimension is basicly just everything existing for a certain amount of time. the 4th dimension is theoretically the first dimension... one line. the FIFTH dimension however, is like the second... it is not just a line of time, but a line that can bend/branch off in more than one direction. a cirlce is just a curved line, right? in the same way, a line of time can bend to form circles and "trees".
the 6th dimension is like the 3rd, in that its basically a bend in the previous demension... you can bend a square to form a tube shape... you can bend the 5th dimension, or a bend/branch in time, to form a new "object". you can only travel in a straight line in the fourth dimension, you would have to enter the fifth in order to go anthign otehr than a straight line.
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Male 300
iansquall, if you had read the comments then you`d have seen that he realises that it`s impossible. But why give up your life`s work just like that? Discovering time travel is still really amazing and being the guy to discover it...that`s just not something you throw away.

I hate it that people don`t read previous comments. If you think you`re cool coming up with your grandfather paradox, then read the comments about different a different timeline offshooting from there. That grandfather you just killed isn`t your own, it`s the grandfather of your parallel self.

So iansquall, your philosophy teacher may have argued that the future we`re in now cannot be altered because any alterations would occur on a seperate timeline, and thus not affecting us.

Anyway, I`m wasting my time. Soon there`ll be another influx of people piping up about the grandfather paradox. Sigh.

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Male 49
seems perfectly logical to me. to test the subatomic partical, they set up the laser time machine now. then say all of the sudden subatomic particals appear in the machine. these particals are from maybe 2 weeks in the furter where their futer selves put subatomic particals into. Not sure if you under stood that but time IS a VERY cofusing this to most people. I think about alot from time to time and work out my confusion. PLUS i`v seen the full version of this clip on discovery channel a while ago.
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Male 3
I would set the controls for Aug 15, 16 and 17 1969. I;m going to woodstock, man. Can everyone say groovy.
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Male 2,796
Many of you have expressed extreme skeptisism over this topic with absolutely zero willingness to look up the information for yourself. The FACT of the matter is, none of this information is new... not even close. The fact that most of you dismiss this stuff so easily just because you cannot wrap it around your tiny little selfish brains is no surprise.

A person wrote a novella (I believe in the 40`s or 60`s) called "Flatland" that puts the whole "paper" thing into perspective for you. Read it. Then read a book called "Hyperspace" so you can get all the concepts included the 10 or so dimensions of space and time. The author does a great job breaking it down Barney-Style for you morons out there.
For the record, I do not believe Time Travel will happen, but only because of paradoxical reasons, or the possibility that significant time travel will negate our reality.
We can prove most things on paper, but every system has entropy in real life.

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Male 220
god made time for one reason SO WE DONT GO BACK but anyways i hope it happens so i can go back and chng my life and on top that makes sense
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Female 1,984
READ THIS PLEASE

If a time machine were created, one CANNOT go further into the past than when the machine was turned on.

Meaning... no stopping Hitler, no stopping wars from the 20th century back, etc.

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Male 280
couldn`t you seriously fuc k up the world? i mean what if you like stopped WW2 then what, huh!?
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Male 251
*looks at all the paradox doomsayers* Or modifying a past event might just create a new "piece of paper" (or plane of existence) that is relative to the particle that was modified.

Which would imply that every particle has its own personal plane of existence; how they overlap to form a stable mass is still a bit beyond me though. I`m no scientist. :)

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Female 165
A Sound of Thunder, anyone?
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Female 601
*wipes bits of my brain off of the monitor*

Wait, if the whole point of this guy`s mission to build a time machine is to go back and see his father, and time machines probably won`t be around for a WHILE, he`ll be dead. How`s he gonna go back in time to save his father? (probably not the entire point, I know, but he seemed so intent on doing that and it confused me)

On the time traveling theory itself... my philosophy teacher said something about the past not adversely having any effect on the future even if you go back and change things. I don`t remember (and I hate myself for forgetting this) what he used to back up his argument, but it was a reaally good point.

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Male 158
Actually, Invalok, If he were to go back in time and save his father, then all would be well from then on. However we wouldn`t have the gift of time travel.


What you said was true for killing your own grandfather. PARADOX.

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Male 404
There is a theory that there is a universe for every possible way an atom can react to another. If this is the case, going back into the future would no cause any damage to our world, only affect the world the time traveler is traveling in.
I dont know if it`s true, but who knows!
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Male 143
I dont know whether it works or if it does whether its the right thing to do. But if nothing bad can happen I WANNA GO
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Male 358
This is just a baby step. It`s like sending a dog into space. We don`t know what`s gonna happen if we send back a human. This technology needs to advance more before it can live up to all your expectations. Be patient.
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Male 95
TIME TRAVEL ISNT POSSIBLE.
have fun with trying though.
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Male 1,455
Well, time travel would explain how religion came about.

"Look at me! The waters are parting!"

*fiddles with futuristic device*

"Look! Its working! Now you will accept me as your god and do whatever I tell you to for the rest of my life!"

Just a theory.

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Male 336
its impossible. just nonsense science fiction that will never come true
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Male 49
But anyone can time travel.. go sleep in a bed and you`ll awake several hours in the future! I do this in my lab all the time.
Oh, we`re talking about going BACK in time, hmm-- nope, won`t happen.
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Male 171
The paper and paperclip evidence is compelling, not to mention referencing a movie. Wow, I`m excited!
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Male 87
Did any of you guys who just say "Nope time travel can`t happen" actually watch it? To answer the "Wouldn`t we go back in time to stop terrorists" question, some people believe the past can`t be altered. Haha, i think i saw it on The Twilight Zone. Someone went back in time to kill Hitler and his gun jammed.
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Male 119
if we ever came up with time travel wouldn`t we know already since our future would have traveled back in time and said hello to us?
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Male 572
i wanted to see something happen not just him talking and talking.
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Male 315
Wow, sounds cool! Hopefully this guy`s plans will go ahead and work - could be big bucks! lol
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Male 85
oh wow, i didnt read any posts because i was expecting nonsense ecc ecc, but i just found out that i wrote exactly what EdwinMango did XDXD srry man
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Male 85
if timetravel was ever going to be possible, then we would always have known.. just think, don`t you think that if in the future timetravel was possible someone would have gone past in time to do things like stopping terrorist attacks ecc ecc? plus, they would go bvack in time to steal precious treasures from distruction.. plus, how bout the paradoxes?? if this guy is going to save his father from death with the time machine, he`ll never make one, thus making his father dying, thus making him making a timemachine ecc ecc.. travvelling in the future is possible thanks to speed.. but timetravel in the past is never, nor will ever be possible!!
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Male 730
Everyone dissing this man`s qualifications need to step back and appriciate the wonderful irony they bring into the world every letter of the post!
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Male 300
"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly`s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world."

And coincidentally, such an action could also prevent it. And this has been mentioned.

And read at least some of the earlier comments, people! You`d then see that a load of other people have said your stupid paradox or "we should already know" theory. And you`ll also see the more logical replies people made. And read what Bekll said on page 3.

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Male 2,616
i dont understand how you could manipulate time when it doesnt physically exist. its just quantified by people
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Male 69
haha o dear, u americans are dumb, sorry but it has to be said
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Female 1,071
However... if he saved his Dad`s life, he wouldn`t have to build a time machine in the first place so this link wouldn`t exist and then I wouldn`t be commenting... so really there isn`t any point in commenting?
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Female 1,071
Wow... that would be amazing
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Female 221
Wait, but if time travel was possible wouldn`t we already know? Wouldn`t the people from the future come and say they made it and tell us how? When they where talking about demensions were they saying time was on different demsions, because it can`t be because the future people would have gone back in time already to stop wars and stuff, unless everyone gets really hateful in the future. But I don`t know if he said that, he probably didn`t. I`m babbling sorry.
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Male 561
^^^ for those who dont understand that

The smallest change in the past can have a HUGE impact in the future for better for worse or both

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Male 561
It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly`s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.

- Chaos Theory

Theirs your answer to time travel

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Male 136
Even if time travel was possible, I would be opposed to using it. The moral and philosophical ramifications are simply too complex to warrant technology of that power.
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Male 4,680
Doctor who eat your heart out.
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Male 393
I think he`s wasting his time.
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Male 1,231
Mind blowing. I was kinda waiting for Bumblecock to say `this works, i do it in my lab all the time`.
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Female 1,984
Toward the end of the book, it becomes apparent that the time machine Mallett envisions will not enable him to see his father again. The time machine will only point us toward the future, and we would only be able to travel back to the time the machine was first turned on, and no further.

"I would not be able to use my time machine to see my father," Mallett writes.

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Female 1,984
(The orginal poster)

I attended a lecture of Ronald Mallett - the man in the video at my college.

As it turns out, time travel has ALREADY been achieved by 1/2 a second.

Also, it should be during our lifetime that a time machine will be invented.

Understand this, say, hypothetically, the time machine was invented today. In 100 years the furthest one can go into the past is 28/February/2007 - today`s date. Only from the time the machine is turned on.

Time is flexible. One theory that Ronald is working on has to do with rotating black holes (which not even light can escape).

He is also using Einstein`s theories to reach his goal of man`s ultimate machine.

http://www.physics.uconn.edu/~mallett/ma...

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Male 83
Ok:

Time travel theories 101:

1) there is more than one time line, see back to the future where a new world exists to stabilize the timeline. However, that`s `the` timeline, according to the observer. The other timeline still exists, but you don`t see it anymore. (Allowing him to rescue his father)

2) The alien argument does not work for time-travel or aliens `if it`s possible, we`d observe it`. How do you know that it hasn`t been used on this demension already? You don`t, and the only way I could see time-travel resolving would be to NOT be accessable to the general public, or too many demensions would spring up.

3) the laser light show brings to mind "Closed time circles", in which time travel IS possible, but on a very limited scale.

Sorry for being a jerk.

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Female 1,403
Couldn`t he had just gotten a psychologist to work through his grief?
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Male 576
Everyone knows that only Christopher Loyd can time travel. Micheal J. lost his ability with the shakes.
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Male 2,586
Not to mention that a defined space now will not be accessible in the future or the past... What I`m saying is that if you could vanish out of existance for just one second and come back to the exact point you left from, you`d be floating in space as the Earth would have gone many miles on in its orbit around the sun. Same thing with a particle... sure, IF they manage to send it back or forwards in time, they can only make it return at a pre-defined location which will most likely not exist
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Female 27
I don`t think time travel is possible. Time isn`t a materialistic thing for people/objects to travel through.

Because -for example- if you went to the past and killed your mum, then you wouldn`t be born because your mum is dead, which means that you never existed, which means that you didn`t really kill your mum (because you were never there to begin with) which also means that your mum gave birth to you and so on and forth, hence you get stuck in an infinite loop.

And also like iamzach said, if time travel were possible, we`d find them coming to their past (our present)

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Male 318
actually, you can meet yourself. That was what he was saying with the folded paper and th epaper clip. You can be in two places at once, in theory.
think of it in terms of the fourth dimension being eternity. There is no beginning or end in eternity, there is no time in eternity. If you believe in an eternal afterlife then in order fo ryou to exist in eternity you must have no beginning in end. Those that believe in eternity must believe that they have always been, because you cannot have a beginning in eternity. Eternity is outside finite time. In fact, from eternity the physical time bound dimension would look like a long line into which you could enter at any time of history. Also, if you believe in eternal life adn that youwill be in eternity then you must believe that you already do exist in eternity simultaneously with your existence within time. So you are already eternal, your consciousness exists outside of time already.
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Male 24
It`s true. If time travell was possible we`d already have it. Think about it.
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Female 59
here`s the deal if someone spent years of their life trying to make a time machine and succeeded they would then go back in time to tell themself how to make a time machine sooner or at least leave a note because of the whole you can`t meet yourself thing so if he`s spent years working on it i dont think he will succeed
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Female 46
This is just, quite simply, messing with my mind. As I was watching the video watching him explain 2D and 3D with a paperclip stuck into a piece of paper, I tried, I really tried to understand, but it just made me more confused than ever.

Let me know when there is a fully working time machine for sale at my local Wal-Mart. Make sure it is simple... "Enter date you wish to travel to then press the green button." When that happens, let me know.

Past that, I give up.

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Male 318
my favorite episode form the simpsons is when homer travels in the past and keeps drating things up.

time travel is already possible but not through mechanics and only to observe , not affect.

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Male 1,265
"Nothing besides light can travel light speed."

Light is an electromagnetic wave that happens to be visible to us. There are plenty of other such waves that travel just as fast but the speed of light seems to be the limit.

It`s been theorised that there are plenty of particles that travel faster than light but they can`t go slower. In that case, light speed isn`t so much a speed limit as a barrier between the fast lane and the slow lane.

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Male 902
I think we can all agree that whatever the outcome(OR OUTCAME?!?) of his experiments, time will be broken. And some diety will smite him for his roosteriness. "Mess with my time again, jackass. I`ll not let you forget to remember that this may or may not have happened sometime in the past, present or future ever again, and on the off chance that i am wrong your penis(or lack of) will disappear!", said the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
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Male 988
BUT if he went back in time (which is always going to be impossible anyway but lets say he did) then saved his dad, he wouldn`t exist in that time anymore and would die because if his dad was alive then he would never need to build a time machine in the first place.

=waste of time and effort.

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Male 7
Why hasn`t anyone said the obvious? If he succeeds at time travel he would already know because he would have sent himself information from the future on how to actually build the time machine. He wouldn`t be wasting all this time thinking up formulas and such.
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Male 188
I love the way they cite Einstein, then go on to say `we`ve known for a long time that time travel is possible`. Which contradicts what Einstein believed himself, if I`m not mistaken.

Even if we can travel through time, we can`t change it - unless you change it off its course and TO what we know as history.

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Male 49
But a piece of paper is still three-dimensional.. /shrug, I get what he`s talking about but its not going to work.
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Male 300
I`ve heard something like that worldline theory before. In fact, it was so obvious I kinda figured it out beforehand. Because changing the past changes the probabilities of certain things, you head down a slightly different route which ends up being drastically different over time.

It`s like that quantum theory that states that every single possible outcome happens in a different universe. Which means that if you go back and change something, you can`t get back to the same future that you came from, because you`d basically be in the wrong universe, as that never happened in your original one. Meh, it`s confusing...but the bottom line is that they won`t be able to do it.

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Male 139
Time travel into the past is impossible, but you can "time travel" into the future if you were to reach a speed close to that of the speed of light. (Nothing besides light can travel light speed.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilati...

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Male 1,024
It`s already happened: JOHN TITOR

OK, so it was an elaborate hoax, but fun to read. This guy had photos of his time machine, photos of bent lasers beams, on and on.

But the theory of "worldlines" is fascinating. It eliminates paradoxes usually associated with time travel. I`m not a physicist, so i may sound like an idiot, but whatever. read about it. it`s cool.

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Female 496
Hasn`t he read enough science-fiction? He can`t go back and save his father! It`ll mess up the space-time continuum! Read The Time Machine, or watch the movie. It`ll explain it.
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Male 459
ScrtNinja said: "so how exactly are they going to test that a subatomic particle is now in the past? "

I wondered the same thing. The only way I can think of is to watch their rotating time vortex ( or whatever it is) and see if anything unusual shows up. But, how will they know what it is they`re looking for? I suppose they could decide now what particle they are going to try to send in the future and look for that. Then again, if they`re watching for something to show up, who is going to send it? Very confusing.

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Male 234
Unless they are forbidden to use in the future, Weh_Pooh. But they don`t have to because the terminator is coming here and kill this guy! whoot? Or... this guy dies before he invents it, and the people who continue this project will be slain by a robot.

Nah seriously, I find this pretty interesting. It goes beyond my logic, but he explains that with a paperclip, so who am I to say this isn`t gonna work :P And most of the comments above are useless, kthnx.

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Male 1,406
Einstein proved you cant travel through time lolololz
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Male 1,003
Never gonna happpen... If we could build a time machine, I think we would`ve already traveled back in time, so WE would know because the people of the future would be here.
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Male 902
CAPSLOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL
(ass)
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Male 108
THESE PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID!!!! SURE THEY HAVE SMARTS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO COMMON SENSE THEY HAVE NONE!!!! TIME IS SUCH A COMPLEX THING TO MESS WITH. IF THEY DO MANAGE TO TIME TRAVEL IT WILL NO DOUBTEDLY COME BACK AND BITE US IN THE ASS!!! IT ONLY TAKES ONCE! ONE SCREW UP AND TIME WILL BE MESSED UP FOREVER. *calming down now* If we do somehow manage to time travel, the only reason to do it, would be to observe. We should NOT... I repeat, NOT... CHANGE ANYTHING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!
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Male 129
100% PHOTOSHOPPED
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Male 2,605
I half-expected him to outline his equations and the schematics of his machine, but I suppose the show felt the audience was too low-brow to understand any of it. Maybe he has a website or some articles?
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Male 896
It`s funny, I submitted this thing yesterday also.
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Male 1,217
wow the comments have completely dumped the vid out the window
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Male 9
Time is a measurement of motion. Its very simple to go back in time. All you have to do is to reverse the exact motion of every single particle in this (universe including yourself)and you`ll be back in time.
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Male 902
writting?
I fear for your safety around cabinet corners. "u" moron.
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Female 3,001
wow lots of writting in these comments
im just gonna point out its not real. hah. u morons
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Male 82
"if it does happen we`re all gonna be dead by then anyway" We`ll be alive in "2007" so people in "3007" (or whenever) could come back and see us alive. So would we really be dead?
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Male 902
If RUKidding`s logic holds any water, he was closer back then than he is now. Which really only creates another time paradox, if you think about it. drat maybe he succeeded back then but found out what he is doing now will just create a huge asplosion that will knock the earth off its orbit and kill everyone, and disgusted, came back to stop himself. But right as he was about not do the thing he is doing now, someone was rude to him and his already fragile psyche was shattered and now he is just a raving, world demolishing lunatic, minus the raving part. Or plus it. makes the whole story more interesting i think.
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Male 1
It has been basically said already but basically if he goes back in time to save his father he would have never invented the time machine so the whole time-line would altered.
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Male 329
fu|<tards
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Male 64
There is an amazing interview about this guy done by this american life at thislife.org. It covers how he tried to make a time machine out of vacuum tubes when he was a kid.
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Female 1,228
see, stuff like this just explodes my mind, I cant really get a grip onit.
yeah, it wud be cool if a time machine was invented, but like a few of you have said, what wud happen when you went back in time, and changed something, and then the world that you left wud have changed as well.
you cud seriously mess up alot of things.
maybe this is something that shouldn`t be delt with?
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Male 2,567
>:O
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Male 610
too many paradoxes to count on how this might not actually work...and if it does you actually think theyre going to let you average joe schmo use it? not likely. in the end, at least with people, everything becomes a weapon O.o
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Male 902
time is the interval between two events, so yes it exists. But its only an idea, no matter how hard scientists want to travel through it. It would be like trying to ride on the back of faith or pull hope, kicking and screaming, through a door that leads to atlantis whilst giving shintoism the finger and expecting it to be offended.
And as soon as they open that portal, Chrono will hop out and slice the neck of everyone around, screaming something or other about a Lavos character.
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Male 3,255
Time dosent exist. When you realize this, you realize that travling around in something that dosent exist, well, cant happen.
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Male 2,513
I`ve always thought that time travel, for humans at least, would never be possible. Or else we`d have heard about them a long time ago.
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Male 4,246
See, the time-space continuum is like a series of tubes...
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Male 119
so how exactly are they going to test that a subatomic particle is now in the past? or better yet couldnt they just make up their mind today and say "I`m going to look right here, right now and something will appear." if nothing happens they might as well just give up and quit spending money because they couldnt send it in the future.
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Male 2,958
Every post in this thread has blown my mind...
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Male 902
So by that theory to travel back in time a person would have to spin around in circles at the speed of light. Then get sucked into the resulting black hole that really has nothing to stop it once its been created and just proceeds to plant the present into the past. This makes reaching to future harder as you have to hop over the time-gap left where the present used to be. or it just makes the past the present and the present the future, but the present cant be the future if its happening right now. So the future doesn`t exist anymore, and since the present is still back in the past we`ve eliminated that as well. What`s left? The past. But the past is history, and history is something that was done a while back. So that gone too. I think were screwed
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Male 747
why do we need to bend space and time anyway?
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Male 43
The confusion of what the guy is doing is probably more due to the editors of the TV program. His theory uses frame-dragging, part of the theory of general relativity that states a spinning object drags space and time around itself.

The idea is to use circular lasers that generate a gravitation field to create frame-dragging and then dropping a particle in it to get caught in the drag which will allow it to travel back in time. That seems to be the gist of it, more info here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Mall...

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Female 123
No there is and never will be time travel.. the only way to really travel back in time is turn your clock back that is the only way to do it. I couldn`t watch all of this cause to me it is complete bs!
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Male 724
If you ask me, I`d say just follow this philosophy of life:

http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm...

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Male 4,246
The video stopped halfway through. Is anyone else having problems with youTube today?
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Male 902
haha sorry, you dared me. and yeah, messing with time would be pretty sketchy. Imagine a plot hole in the real world, with no author to fill in the gap . Except for that big invisable hand in the sky. It could make things interesting.


Interesting being like a divided by zero time loop drathole no-one can escape from or even know exists. WITH a paper clip through it. All ending(OR BEGINNING?!?) with an inbred creationism theory. Wait....

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Male 429
But if you change the past...and you return to the "altered future"...you wouldn`t be in the world you lived in when you decided to time travel back. The unaltered world is lost forever...if there are 3 layers of paper...each is it`s own dimension, and you travelled from D1 to D2 and alter D2, when you go back to "D1" it would be changed because of your time travel actions. This altered future is D3. If you killed yourself in D2 past, you still exist because your being is linked to D1 and D3. Even though D2 lost connection with your being doesn`t mean you cease to exist.
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Male 1,111
Well while the theories sound as close to right as anything I know of there are a few things to note.
1) like you guys said, change the past, change the future
2) he`s a prof. at the U. of CT....is anyone else not wowed by this?
3) Most of the theories he was talking about dealing with the 2D world are right out of the book "Flatland"

guess we`ll have to wait n see...

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Male 223
>_> Bastard
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Male 223
Invalok

Time is funny that way huh? What happens needs to happen in order for things to happen the way they happen.

As a result, time may only move forward, we just have to find out how to do so.

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Male 902
Photoshopped
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Male 223
I DARE one of you to say "Photoshopped". That`ll all I ever see anymore.
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Male 724
So, he goes back into the past and saves his father ... then the young boy would have no motivation to build a time machine so he wouldn`t build it, but if he doesn`t build it then he doesn`t go to the past, so his father dies... So, he goes back into the past and saves his father ... then the young boy would have no motivation to build a time machine so he wouldn`t build it, but if he doesn`t build it then he doesn`t go to the past, so his father dies... So, he goes back into the past and saves his father ... then the young boy would have no motivation to build a time machine so he wouldn`t build it, but if he doesn`t build it then he doesn`t go to the past, so his father dies... So, he goes back into the past and saves his father ... then the young boy would have no motivation to build a time machine so he wouldn`t build it, but if he doesn`t build it then he doesn`t go to the past, so his father dies... So, he goes back into the past and saves his father ...
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Male 331
Agreed with iAMzach. Then again, what if they are, but... uh... they`re just invisible? Yeah, and uh, can`t really tell when they`re there.
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Female 364
i dont like it when people call things fake just because they cant understand or comprehend it. you dont KNOW this is fake, equally we dont KNOW it is real. does it matter? if it does happen we`re all gonna be dead by then anyway. and would we really want people messing around with time? things happen for a reason. i dont want someone going back an fakking it all up.

but.....still......WOW.

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Male 318
dude, dimension just f*cks my brain up
but on-topic, AWESOME DUDE!!
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Male 96
Now I want to be a theoretical physicist.
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Male 606
yea i was kinda waiting for them like actualy show me something...not just talk my ear off. whatev...if they invented time machines im sure we would see them coming to the past. then again...THAT COULD EXPLAIN UFOS. *note sarcasam*
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Female 3,562
I understood all that, and honestly it was the biggest crock I`ve heard. They never actually said what they have discovered that would give them home that time travel would ever be possible on any level. They just showed some pictures of lasers and math formulas while talking about theories of space and time that had nothing to do with what they were showing.
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Male 128
its not gonna happennnnn
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Male 1,364
wow just Wow!
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Female 1,984
Link: The World`s First Time Machine [Rate Link] - What once was fantasy will soon be fact.
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