"It's about Time, it's about Space...."  

Posted by Alex Pendragon

Time travel, interstellar travel, highway travel, the movement of the human consciousness through time AND space has always been taken for granted for what we so far have experienced. We continue to write stories and make films concerning the possibility of going backwards or forwards in time, or crossing vast expanses of space, yet in the grand scale of this cosmos, we have barely nudged ourselves, and no one that any of us are aware of has had any effect on time.

How bloody BORING!

If we put our minds to it, we could build a craft that could get us to the edge of the solar system in........well.......it would take too damn long. Forget getting to the next star. The size of our solar system alone is really hard to comprehend, much less the whole width of the known universe. Now, NASA is working in it's slow, diligent fashion on getting us back to the moon so that we can prance around on it, perhaps build a base, and from there finally start the long awaited journey to Mars. My bet is that we lose the first mission, and knowing the American people, there probably won't be a second. Once bitten, we can be pretty damn shy. So THAT, my friends, is where we stand on moving from point A to point B. So far the two points are so close as to be indistinguishable.

And time travel? Before we get any where near the concept, we have to first answer exactly how we are going to sense more than the three (or maybe four) dimensions we are equipped for. Scientists assure us that there are more, perhaps alot more, than the three we can observe. Yet, try and wrap your mind around another dimension. Try imagining how one is supposed to maneuver or observe a place that our eyes, ears, or any other awareness factor we might conjure up are not equipped to register. My guess is that if you dropped some really good acid, got drunk, went on a really nasty carnival ride, and tried to recite the Gettysburg address while twiddling your thumbs, you might be halfway to experiencing something akin to the disconnect you would have with any other dimension that the three we already seem to have problems dealing with. The hallway you'd have to walk thru to get to that other room marked "the day you punched out your chemistry teacher and screwed your future for good" is probably not even a good metaphor for the route you'd have to travel. If you have a clock somewhere near your computer right now, glance over at it and watch the second hand. You are watching it travel through time. That's as good as it gets, at least for homo sapiens at it's present level of evolution. But go watch a movie, it's fun to imagine anyway.

So, should we even keep coming up with concepts in zipping through time and space when so far the physics say it ain't happening?

YES!

WHY?

Because traveling through time and space is no less an exciting and uplifting mental past time as the idea that we are going to one day have awesome sex with a perfect partner, no matter how fat, ugly, old, or just plain nasty we happen to be. It's no worse than thinking that SOMEBODY is going to win the lottery, and it damn well could be US! It's no worse than thinking that humankind has the capacity, or even the right, to survive another two hundred years at the rate we are ruining our only home.

Because we CAN!

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3 slick comments

A dream is but a reality to come.

February 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

I'm a big believer in science. We explore not just because we can but because as humans, we must. The youngest child is a scientist at heart, and an adventurer and a philosopher and and artist. It's too bad so many of us lose that curiosity and wonder along the way.
(And that last photo makes me almost unbearably sad.)

February 29, 2008 at 8:28 AM

I am still wrapping my mind around the three dimensions I know... now you got me thinking. :)

Happy leap day!

February 29, 2008 at 5:56 PM

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