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3,159 hits 3.5 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 7 years ago by Mr Bungle

A Problem with Time Travel
I never really thought about that issue.


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7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/10 - 1:48:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I never really thought about that issue.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/10 - 2:23:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
You could get around that by scheduling your jump to when the Earth is in the same part of its orbit.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/10 - 4:33:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 7/6/10 - 2:23:41 PM buddy wrote:
You could get around that by scheduling your jump to when the Earth is in the same part of its orbit.

Time travel just got a lot less convenient.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/10 - 4:34:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Also, unless you timed it perfectly, even if you still "landed" on Earth, the planet might be in a different stage of rotation and you'd probably end up in a different country or the middle of the ocean.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/10 - 6:40:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
You could launch a satellite that picks up a signal from your craft emerging and automatically beacons it to materialise on the exact geographical location of where you left. But you could still end up in a building or river or whatever. Also, backward travel would result in emerging to a point where the satellite hasn't been built yet. Then you would probably die and your past selves would continue doing the same thing in a horrible loop of fail.

The only way of preventing this is sending a warning back to a point where the satellite has been built by your past self, but they haven't gone back yet. But then they'd take your warning and destroy the machine, ending the possibility of time travel, thus eliminating the need for any warning in the first place, and you would... ARGH.

F*ck it.
Funny link, Bungle.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/10 - 7:11:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
when i jump in the air, i land back in the same spot on the earth, thanks to gravity and stuff i guess
even though technically i'm landing miles away from where i took off
who's to say that time travel wouldn't work the same way?
that you'd still be affected by the gravity of the earth or whatever as you travelled through time
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/6/10 - 7:14:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
basically it depends, if your time machine is a teleport to another time, then yeah, you need to work out the coordinates
but if it's like the time machine in the time machine that just sits there and travels through time, then it travels with the earth, naturally
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 7/7/10 - 12:22:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
I love time travel stories.

But...

You have to remember that the Earth rotates, and it orbits the sun. The Sun also orbits the galaxy. The galaxy moves too. And our best theories state the the universe is still expanding. That's a lot of distance to account for when doing a time travel jump.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 7/7/10 - 2:06:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 7/6/10 - 7:11:38 PM morbo wrote:
when i jump in the air, i land back in the same spot on the earth, thanks to gravity and stuff i guess even though technically i'm landing miles away from where i took off who's to say that time travel wouldn't work the same way? that you'd still be affected by the gravity of the earth or whatever as you travelled through time

The gravity of the planet you're currently on does not apply when you are traveling through space and time. For that to work, there would have to be some kind of force anchoring you to a planetary body that isn't broken by interdimensional travel, like a space-and-time bungee cord.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 7/7/10 - 2:31:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/7/10 - 2:06:17 AM Koto wrote:
The gravity of the planet you're currently on does not apply when you are travelling through space and time.

um what. says who?
i am currently travelling through time at a rate of one second per second and it seems to be working just fine
now let's say i invent a machine that allows me to increase that speed, or even change direction, i don't see why that would nullify the other forces at work
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 7/7/10 - 2:55:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
We know very little about gravity and particularly how it reacts in higher dimensions. Morbo could well be right.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/13/10 - 8:09:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
to "time travel" like that would need you to be taken out of reality and place back in at a pre-determined time.
also if anyone is smart enough to make a time machine, theyll prob be smart enough to calculate in the new position of the earth in relation to the starting point and the expansion of the universe.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 7/13/10 - 10:25:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/7/10 - 2:06:17 AM Koto wrote:
The gravity of the planet you're currently on does not apply when you are travelling through space and time.
On Wednesday 7/7/10 - 2:31:27 AM morbo wrote:
um what. says who? i am currently travelling through time at a rate of one second per second and it seems to be working just fine now let's say i invent a machine that allows me to increase that speed, or even change direction, i don't see why that would nullify the other forces at work


It would be out of synch with the "other forces at work". Surely that would cause problems.



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