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Kain-Xavier
 

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« Reply #20 on: 2007-08-10, 12:42 »

It appears that I'm the only one who seems to wish simply to observe significant events rather than attempting to change the past.

I had to make a lot of difficult decisions when I was younger.  Some of those decisions I regret and others I'm fiercely proud of.  I would not be who I am today without those decisions, but part of me questions if what I am today is better than what I could have been...

What if my family never moved to FL?  What if my mother and father did get divorced?  What if I had been arrested that day?  What if I never moved to AZ?

Questions like these resurface from time-to-time and gnaw away at my self-worth.  The resulting desire to have greater control over my own fate leads to whimsical musings such as altering past events.

The desire to tease Earth's greatest tyrants solely stems from my sense of humor however.  I have the ability to travel through space and time, yet I chose to appear before Adolph Hitler during the height of the Third Reich's power, inform him that he's a lousy painter, and disappear just as suddenly.

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« Reply #21 on: 2007-08-10, 15:09 »

No no, you must tweak his nose and bounce around like Daffy Duck and whack him on the head with a wooden mallet first!  Slipgate - Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: 2007-08-12, 23:21 »

I'd rather not go back in time, lest the whole history as we know it gets royally sporked up the butt. Slipgate - WTF
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« Reply #23 on: 2007-08-13, 02:34 »

You're implying that it somehow isn't already.
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« Reply #24 on: 2007-08-13, 08:42 »

You're implying that it somehow isn't already.

That's a pretty good point... How the hell would someone know if someone has screwed around by going into the past and sporking things up?
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« Reply #25 on: 2007-08-13, 15:12 »

That brings us back into discussions about temporal paradox and the "butterfly" effect, but in short, were such a thing possible, you wouldn't know unless someone had record of the appearances of some kind of time machine or other anomaly.  It's been speculated by some in the UFO circuits that UFO's are not extra-terrestrials but instead time travelers from the future and are, in fact, the "evidences" of this very thing happening.  Make of that whatever you will.
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« Reply #26 on: 2007-08-13, 15:37 »

You're implying that it somehow isn't already.

No, that's not what I was implying. It's already pretty screwed up, the last thing I'd want is it to get screwed up even more.
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« Reply #27 on: 2007-08-13, 15:55 »

You're implying that it somehow isn't already.

No, that's not what I was implying. It's already pretty screwed up, the last thing I'd want is it to get screwed up even more.

Yeah, It'd be pretty awkward to go back in time, mess things up and then come back, only to find out that the orifice that you use to get rid of waste is the same one you use to talk...
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« Reply #28 on: 2007-08-14, 01:13 »

A lot of people do that already, too.
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« Reply #29 on: 2007-08-14, 02:23 »

That brings us back into discussions about temporal paradox and the "butterfly" effect, but in short, were such a thing possible, you wouldn't know unless someone had record of the appearances of some kind of time machine or other anomaly.  It's been speculated by some in the UFO circuits that UFO's are not extra-terrestrials but instead time travelers from the future and are, in fact, the "evidences" of this very thing happening.  Make of that whatever you will.

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« Reply #30 on: 2007-08-14, 23:07 »

what about the whole black hole theory, or the wormhole theory

surely even they conform to the second law of thermodynamics, which would Mean that time-travel would be possible

just not very likely

as the probablity of finding a wormhole that's usable would be very tricky indeed
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« Reply #31 on: 2007-08-15, 01:50 »

Well... like I said, that would lead to a lengthy discussion on temporal mechanics - something I don't want to get into.  Let's just say for the sake of this thread you can go back and do what you like without creating a paradox or violating any laws of physics.  It is, after all, a purely hypothetical scenario.
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« Reply #32 on: 2007-08-15, 17:23 »

Fair Enough as getting into a discussion about temporal mechanics would probably make some peoples head explode

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