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Post Reply What is the point of time traveling?
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I'd love everything be given to me.
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Well, besides trying to screw with the timelines to try and "fix" things, which aside from to halt an apocalypse is an awful idea; just observational time traveling would be extremely useful. History could be objectively witnessed, no more old monarchs lying about their greatness or how beloved they are, or arts being lost because they had no record keeping. We could observe societies of which we have virtually no information on in full detail, and learn a ton from them, for instance old civilizations could create fabrics with legendary quality, that were lighter and more translucent than anything we can mimic today. We could learn more about the social structures of native american people and others, the biology of extinct creatures, we could observe the stars that died and the rest of the cosmos well before we could ever see them, learn dead languages, learn lost recipes, and ultimately better understand our present and future. The prospect of simple, observational time travel would be an incredible boon, if such a thing is possible. However, trying to "correct" the past is a horrendous idea outside of, again, trying to avert an apocalypse.
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It depends on how paradoxes are handled. If it's split timelines, you could be making at least one where things go right. Or you could repeatedly bring information or other resources back creating increasingly advantaged timelines. From a more personal view you could go back with winning lottery tickets and split the reward with your past self.

The cost is whatever happens in the old timeline in the traveler's absence, and dealing with the fact that you either legally don't exist yet or there being 2 of you.

Another option is stable time loops. For a small example, if you lock yourself out of your car you could fine slightly aged car key under a flower pot. Then you could use those keys to get their younger version out of the car, and take the younger version back in time and put them under the flower pot. Finally (from your subjective point of view) wait until your younger self leaves to the past, and drive off. Stable time loops make more sense, if the universe is fundamentally a 4d spacetime block. Then causality is a feature of this 4d object, including these weird exceptions. And sense the whole thing needs to be consistent, the loops that happen will not only be consistent with themselves, but insure the consistency of the others.
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Two words: Szechuan Sauce
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beating up your dad
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Ignore this comment, my laptop f#cked up.
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fredreload wrote:

I need someone to convince me that time traveling is worth it.


Good luck with that. I can't even find anyone to convince me space travel is worth it. "Because spaaaaaaaaaace" is the general consensus, and that's just stupid.
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fredreload wrote:

I need someone to convince me that time traveling is worth it.


Ever see the original Terminator? Your posts convince me that ONE application of time-traveling is worth it.
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The main pragmatic reason for space travel in and of itself, beyond the Earth moon system, would be to not have all of our eggs in one basket. But after that it does go into kind of high minded and abstract motives, like preserving/creating cultural/biological diversity and increasing the number of worth wild lives lived, and romanticist ideas about it being a worth wild challenge or simply worth seeing.

Aside from that the space program was lead to advances in other forms of technology, and other discoveries. It was studying Venus' atmosphere that told us that CFCs might be dangerous.
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fredreload wrote:


TRKitsune wrote:

I'm still not convinced that the humanly constructed concept of time can even be explained as easily as your scenario describes it.

What I'm counter-asking is why limit your thinking to these bullet points alone? This is all still theoretical concept, after all.

EDIT: As is most science, the pursuit of knowledge is already worth it to many.


Alright, the time traveling might not be completely logical. But don't you agree that someone with the technology should help someone without the technology out? If you discover the secret to immortality, would you share it with everyone else or would you keep it to yourself? I would share it. And let's not think about something too far apart, but us humans and the close aliens


P.S I would share it just so someone could build it for me. I am incompetent like that. But overall I think I'd share


The World is already overpopulated now no one can ever die?
Sharing Immortality is horrible.
If I could be eternally young and immortal I would only share it with the people I wanted to be with.
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-guy makes a mistake as a kid
-is tried as an adult and jailed for 8 years
-misses his prime years of young adulthood by being raped and beaten in prison
-no longer can get a good job
-his mom gets sick and dies while he's behind bars and the last time he saw her was when she was crying while he was taken away
-dad leaves to find a new woman
-sister gets raped at a college party and preggo. She slits her wrists because she has no family for support
-he finally gets out and plays the lottery everyday in hopes of making it out of the slums, but never wins
-finds the girl of his dreams who accepts him, but then he cheats on her before they get married, and they break up
-gets depressed and has a one night stand with someone without wearing protection and obtains HIV


Do you not see a reason where going back in time could help this man?
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Bad people
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i personally wouldn't mind time traveling just see what actually happened during a past event and not just what someone said happened. or to alter my own past a bit. also wouldn't mind going to the future too see what will happen and depending what i see maybe try and use that knowledge.
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41 / M / California
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Time travel would be awesome!! But trying to change things in the past is just foolish, just observe things like dinosaurs and the trogan horse. Going to the future only means you want to dominate todays world when you return. Knowledge is power and with future knowledge you would rule the world
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