If you could go back in time......

  • Musicman91

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    Feb 25, 2012 9:59 AM GMT
    And change anything in history what would it be and why??
  • rnch

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    Feb 25, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
    November 22, 1963, Dallas, TX.
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    Feb 25, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    August 25th, 2001 Bahamas
  • Buddha

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    Feb 25, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    August, 2010, I should've picked answer C instead of B. Then I would've gotten a B.
  • tommyboi

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    Feb 25, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    In regards to the date January 1933 - Berlin I am not sure killing Hitler would have stopped WW2. In fact I think that by killing Hitler Germany would have won the war
  • calibro

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    Feb 25, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    june 1, 1989, that cher song is released
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    There is an assumption that we have the ability to clearly identify good changes (e.g. killing Hitler) from bad changes (e.g. killing Churchill, Roosevelt) when in reality a perceived good change could set in motion events leading to something entirely worse than what has historically transpired. Has no one seen “Back to the Future?” icon_lol.gif

    I wouldn't change anything... the world is already screwed up enough, and I wouldn't want to make it any worse on accident.
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    I would have never made that trip to U.K.
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    Hmmm..this is reminding me of The Lather Of heaven and The Butterfly Effect.

    intrigued,

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  • Cygnus

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    Feb 25, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidThere is an assumption that we have the ability to clearly identify good changes (e.g. killing Hitler) from bad changes (e.g. killing Churchill, Roosevelt) when in reality a perceived good change could set in motion events leading to something entirely worse than what has historically transpired. Has no one seen “Back to the Future?” icon_lol.gif

    I wouldn't change anything... the world is already screwed up enough, and I wouldn't want to make it any worse on accident.


    Agreed, something GOOD that came out of WW2 was the world's idea to rebuild societies and economies after their destruction. Both Germany and Japan were rebuilt from the outside in to make sure that they became active in the global economies and thus it was in their best interest NOT to fight again. Unlike after WW1 where this was not done and the situation in Germany festered and allowed someone like Hitler to rise to power.

    Interestingly enough, the BAD side of this is that the rebuild costs weigh heavy on the countries, like the US, that rebuild them. I do believe this cost is far less then leaving the neighbor demolished though in the long run.
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    Feb 25, 2012 6:24 PM GMT
    I'd mess up a bunch of random stuff, kill random heads of state, leave modern electronics lying around, then go back to the future and eat popcorn while watching the drastic changes.
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    Feb 25, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    I would go back to the Roman times and play around with all the soldiers there!

    300 here I come!
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    Feb 25, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidThere is an assumption that we have the ability to clearly identify good changes (e.g. killing Hitler) from bad changes (e.g. killing Churchill, Roosevelt) when in reality a perceived good change could set in motion events leading to something entirely worse than what has historically transpired. Has no one seen “Back to the Future?” icon_lol.gif

    I wouldn't change anything... the world is already screwed up enough, and I wouldn't want to make it any worse on accident.


    Exactly. So, you kill Hitler. And then what happens? Maybe someone worse steps in? There's no way to know.

    Does anyone watch Misfits? It's a (great!) British show available in the US on Hulu.com. There's an episode in the current season where an old man goes back in time to kill Hitler but fails and drops his cell phone before he can return to the present. When he returns, the Nazis pretty much rule the planet.
  • laxdude25

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    Feb 25, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Misfits is great. I love the whole issue of unintended consequences...
  • nomadfornow

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    Feb 25, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    December 8, 1980, New York, NY

    September 10, 2001, everywhere
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    Feb 25, 2012 11:23 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidI would have aborted myself.


    Paradox. Then you would have never existed to go back in time to abort yourself - which would destroy the fabric of the universe...
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    Feb 25, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    nomadfornow said

    September 10, 2001, everywhere


    You may want to go back a couple more days to give the FBI enough time to station themselves and prevent each terrorism point. Also be prepared to have your warp point in the heavily guarded holding room they'll put you in for knowing all that.
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    Feb 25, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
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    Trollileo saidI would have aborted myself.


    Paradox. Then you would have never existed to go back in time to abort yourself - which would destroy the fabric of the universe...


    I would actually like to take this opportunity to postulate that I don't ascribe to the single timeline theory (i.e. if someone goes back and changes something YOUR world would suddenly deform into the consequences of their change). I believe that you as you rip out of your current time line and rip back INTO that timeline that a tangential timeline is created by the ripple (so the original timeline isn't affected, a new parallel timeline is created).

    At least to me it's the only logical solution to the quandary "If time travel will at some point in the future be possible, why aren't we filled today with future time travelers coming back?"
  • He_Man

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    Feb 26, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    MusicMan91 saidAnd change anything in history what would it be and why??


    According to Chaos Theory, if we were to alter any past event, the future would be completely different. Neither you nor any of your loved ones would have been born, so I think I'll leave the past alone.

    I can understand wanting to change past events. Believe me, there are many things that I would have loved to have changed, but if I were to change them, then the "I" speaking wouldn't be the same "I," so what's the point.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 26, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    I'd go back 4.5 million years to when homesexually was created, and make all the str8 people accept it.
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    Feb 26, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    I would find the original scriptures of the bible and destroy all of them.
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    Feb 26, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Logan_McQ saidAccording to Chaos Theory, if we were to alter any past event, the future would be completely different. Neither you nor any of your loved ones would have been born, so I think I'll leave the past alone.
    I can understand wanting to change past events. Believe me, there are many things that I would have loved to have changed, but if I were to change them, then the "I" speaking wouldn't be the same "I," so what's the point.
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    Feb 26, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    December 2009, I would've tell him how I felt before he left....