Future or the Past? if you could travel in time in just 1 direction... what would it be?

  • dommyinlosang...

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    Dec 05, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    rule is you can travel all throughout either the past or future... forwards and backwards...

    from principal0 to explain it better than me (you essentially have backwards and forwards time travel opportunities within a period covering either the future from the present, or the past from the present. But you can't cross the threshold of the present.)

    so you can go all the way back to the dinosaurs then to see if oj really did it or back to see what the christ thing was really about... back and forth in the past... but never go beyond current time... see history, find out truths,... and yes you can change history icon_eek.gif

    or travel in the future... back and forth... to the end of time... when the sun explodes... future technologies... see the outcome of elections and sporting events... and yes you can steal future knowledge and make it your own if you so choose icon_evil.gif


    thought of this based on a great futurama about a forward moving only time machine... but in that episode unlike this choice you could never turn back... was just one direction

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    Dec 06, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    definitly backwards. so many people I'd want to meet, so many things I'd do differently, so many investments I'd make, the list is endless.
  • PR_GMR

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    Dec 06, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Forward! I'm interested to see movies, music and technology of the next 30 years. Also, curious to see if we avoid WWIII and if we make it out of this planet as a species and colonize other planets.
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    Dec 06, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    Either way one would discover a completely unknown reality. Because believe me that whatever our belief or understanding is of everything that happened pre 1850's-1800 is definitely far, far from the reality of what actually did.
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    Dec 06, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    And to answer the question I think I'll choose past, and document precisely exactly what occurred during the origins of Christ, Christianity and all major world religions. Something tells me cold hard evidence would change the face of all future civilization if the exact and unembellished facts were available
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    Dec 06, 2012 7:35 AM GMT
    Backwards
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    Dec 06, 2012 7:41 AM GMT
    This ones tough.

    I'd like to go forward to see future technology and advancements, but going back would let me see history in person. However I couldn't mess with the past without changing the future, possibly creating paradoxes. And if I messed with the present the future would change, possibly changing the past too.

    I'd take future if I had to choose.
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    Dec 06, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    The past. I made a biggest mistake in my life and I wanna fix it.
  • Medjai

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    Dec 06, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    Forward. No question there.
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:03 AM GMT


    I go back where once they claim to be Gods living...meh..icon_rolleyes.gif they would already know I'm coming.. so boring! icon_evil.gif
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:07 AM GMT
    The answer is forwards for me. First, assuming that such a thing existed, it seems possible that future developments in technology might allow backwards time travel (so you've got a shot at both outcomes).

    Even eliminating that possibility, only in the future do you have a chance at extending your own life and the quality of that life. When you choose to head backwards, you totally forgo the value of that benefit, which is substantial. Being able to bring that knowledge back to present in order to preserve the lives of people you care about it inestimably valuable. The answer is, to me, trivially obvious.
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:36 AM GMT
    Backwards.

    Id go back and play winning lottery numbers.
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:50 AM GMT
    Well i always imagined that jimmy hendrix prolly had a really nice dick, so i'd go see him when he was real young before he became famous ;) haha
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:53 AM GMT
    The past. There are many, many things I would change.
  • braynes77

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    Dec 06, 2012 8:56 AM GMT
    Well if we are basing it on that episode I would choose the future. Travel to the ends of time and learn all I can. Once I was done I would keep going forward until everything imploded on itself and began again.
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    Dec 06, 2012 9:06 AM GMT
    forward time travel is boring and non paradoxical, not really even forbidden by the laws of physics (if i understand relativity correctly, you just need to go at a speed close to light). i'd travel backwards. but maybe only a little at a time. i'll do the whole groundhog day thing, and when i am rich and successful and old, i'll send the jewels of modern technology into the past to improve the world vastly and dramatically.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Dec 06, 2012 9:12 AM GMT
    Aellys saidEither way one would discover a completely unknown reality. Because believe me that whatever our belief or understanding is of everything that happened pre 1850's-1800 is definitely far, far from the reality of what actually did.


    Actually no, we have a pretty solid understanding of what happened in the 19th Century and what everyday life was like back then.
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    Dec 06, 2012 9:18 AM GMT
    I think people are misapprehending the question. The author states that you essentially have backwards and forwards time travel opportunities within a period covering either the future from the present, or the past from the present. But you can't cross the threshold of the present.

    Hence you could go to the future, and return to the present. But you couldn't go to the past.
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    Dec 06, 2012 9:23 AM GMT
    principal0 saidWhen you choose to head backwards, you totally forgo the value of that benefit


    and toothpaste
  • dommyinlosang...

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    Dec 06, 2012 8:20 PM GMT
    principal0 saidI think people are misapprehending the question. The author states that you essentially have backwards and forwards time travel opportunities within a period covering either the future from the present, or the past from the present. But you can't cross the threshold of the present.

    Hence you could go to the future, and return to the present. But you couldn't go to the past.


    yes... you explained it better than i did icon_biggrin.gif
  • dommyinlosang...

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    Dec 06, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    braynes77 saidWell if we are basing it on that episode I would choose the future. Travel to the ends of time and learn all I can. Once I was done I would keep going forward until everything imploded on itself and began again.


    in my supposition... you can go back to the present after seeing everything implode... if you choose the future you can move forward and backward in time but only in the block of time beyond right now
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    dvsinla said
    yes... you explained it better than i did icon_biggrin.gif


    What happens to the timeline in the present if we travel one way or the other.

    Do we always have to arrive back at this exact moment in time while we ourselves have progressed in age or does time move on without us?
  • Pontifex

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    Dec 06, 2012 8:55 PM GMT
    I'd go forward a week for the winning lottery numbers, go back and then never use it again. There are things I regret in the past but wouldn't change them. I'd love to see what happens in the future but I'll see what happens in my lifetime eventually. What is the point in knowing more than that? The people I know are here right now.

    I wouldn't want to leave my friends and family to live in the future. If the future is amazing I wouldn't want to live my life knowing things could be better. If the future is messed up I wouldn't want to know that either.

    I wouldn't want to know how, or when me or others will die. Life needs some mystery to be interesting.
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    Dec 06, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    Past, I want to change some stuff about me. ;)
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    Dec 06, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    future all the way. always hated history.

    only thing i'd go back in the past for would be to have a beer with the authors of fables like the bible, kuran and any other religious text. just to high five them for creating the longest running practical joke of all time!