# ProgBoy1

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1. ## On Wellsian Time Machines

A real operating time machine can't go through time! Rather, it needs to jump in and out of time. Also, the time machine would need to be a 'space machine' as well. How can this be? Well, just hold on to your hats, and the ProgBoy1 'll show ya. First of all, the Earth moves, does it not? And the Solar System, right? And the Galaxy, right? So if we take into account all these motions and add them up, 1969, say, is quite far away! So if your time machine was sent back to 1969 with moving in space as well, you'd be stranded! (With a wormhole, however, we do not have this problem.) For the first objection, say you have a time machine that travels through time. Say we want to go back to 1969. (I don't know why I keep putting that date in, I wasn't even born then...) In accordance with logic, then, the time machine will explode one micro-moment before we press the button to send it on its way!!! How can this be? Well, a time machine that travels through time must occupy approximately every spatial and temporal instant between its destination in the past and right now. So the time machine must be in its exact same location it was a micro-moment ago, before you pressed a button. Now according to Euclid (or Euler, I forget which...) two points cannot occupy the same space. So your time machine would explode before you pressed the button. Now this leads you into yet another paradox: If you exploded and were killed before you even pressed the button, then how was the button pressed? Maybe the very explosion somehow pressed the still-intact button... I dunno... :) Yes, yes, I know that my second objection (one must travel through space as well) still applies in the first, but the same paradox applies! So what if the time machine collides with only part of itself? It still will explode before you press the button! Can some-one please help me with the above paradox? Unfortunately, this one is too tough for even the ProgBoy1 to solve! P R O G B O Y 1 ! ------------------
2. ## Anti-matter travels backwards through time

NO nO no No NO! A positron cannot be interpreted as an electron travelling backwards. I think that you have confused Feynman's advanced waves with antimatter. All a positron is, is an electron with a reversed charge; it does not 'time-travel' or the like. Charge has nothing to do with it. If you want a really good explanation on antimatter and advanced waves, try this super book I found, called 'Faster Than Light' by Nick Herbert, Ph.D. Anyhow, hope that clears up the time-travelling confusion. See ya! ------------------

4. ## Free Energy Device for time-travel!!!

I have invented a 'free' energy device that extracts potentially infinite energy from the empty vacuum!!! It's in the form of electro-foil plates separated by the distance of about 14 angstroms, and as a result of the Casimir force, electrical energy is produced. (I don't have time now to go into a detailed explanation.) Anyhow, I have been trying to find the actual mathematical equations explaining the Casimir force.... Can anybody help me?
5. ## THE ACTUAL WAY TO TIME TRAVEL (that I know of)

In response to [email protected]'s rather rude statement in the beginning of this topic to me, do you really believe that the goverment controls everything? Use Ockham's Razor, and if you don't know what that is, then to quote you, 'you're just stupid.'
6. ## A question even Einstein couldn't answer

RE: A question even Einstein couldn't answer Whoa, whoa, whoa! Before this topic deviates from the grandfather thing entirely, I think I have a solution: here goes... 1. The hero time-travels back into the past, and shoots his own grandfather. 2. As in the 'many-universes' theory, you create two different parallel time-lines; one where you exist and your grand-father's alive, and another where you don't exist and neither does your grandfather? You can't visit the one where you don't exist, so you can't kill you grandfather! Whaddya think of it?
7. ## Not exactly time-travel, but...

Odd, they work for me....
8. ## Not exactly time-travel, but...

This isn't exactly about time-travel, but... I'm trying to build a web-page about interstellar travel... (It could be time travel, if you accelerate next to the speed of light), and I was wondering if anybody would like to co-author some of the sections. They could send in material through e-mail, and I would post it on the page. Here's the address people get when they try to access it now: http://www.geocities.com/ProgBoy1/StarWisp/, and they get an 'Under Construction' page. But you can see the nearly completed page under http://www.geocities.com/ProgBoy1/StarWisp/main.html. None of the links are completed yet, except for a forum... So e-mail me if you'd like to do it!
9. ## THE ACTUAL WAY TO TIME TRAVEL (that I know of)

A faster-than-light ship? Faster-than-light space-ships went out with the Buck Rogers comics... No message or material could ever break the FTL barrier. I see one solution, though... Use tachyons!
10. ## A new way to time travel!

I know... I wish that dratted Einstein hadn't come along and destroyed the beautiful Newtonian physics... :) But um... here's some solutions (pretty pitiful ones, but you try thinking of them): To your problem about the storage of data, you wouldn't need all the memory. See, say you have a row of electrons (the simulated one foot cube in which we are going to 'time-travel'. Here they are: E1, E2, E3. Right? The computer gets the location and velocity of E1, and stores it. Before it stores E2, it 'goes back' one microsecond for E1, and stores the answer in NewE1. It then, in the other space which you have set aside for the hologram, 'creates' that electron. It then erases E1, and then gets the location and velocity of E2, and so on... Do you think it would work? As for your second problem, the laser hurdle, there are two solutions. The first is that there is no living matter in the one-foot space, and the laser actively destroys the material inside, while gathering data. The second possibility is that you could use some sort of X-ray, or gamma-ray, I don't precisely know. Help me out on this one! I don't really see a way around the quantum uncertainty factor, but shouldn't the errors be less if you try to extrapolate backwards, instead of forwards? Let me hear your thoughts on this one...
11. ## A new way to time travel!

Well, at the moment I'm just designing the basic idea, calculating the formulas using MathCad and writing up the basic idea on Word. But to answer your questions, I should think that for a cubic foot of information, a PC (Pentium III with 500 mhz or better) computer wholly devoted to the task and with a lot of RAM could probably do it. You'd need to create a computer/laser interface, too. And the laser doesn't 'construct' matter, it just creates a hologram, from an inexpensive setup. I'm not sure what laser I should use... as I'm still in the theory stage. The thing that bothers me is Planck's uncertainty principle... could the laser be accurate enough to generate an approximate simulation? I think the HoloTime device (as I like to call it) could only 'go back' almost 50 years (at the maximum) because no system can be perfect... Errors would start slipping in, and the farther back you go the more errors would happen. What do you think? <This message has been edited by ProgBoy1 (edited 08 October 2000).>
12. ## How is time structured

Ugh... As for the river analogy, no no no no no! You're thinking in the Newtonian (that is, defunct) sense of time. The modern definition of time (in which I also explained in my new conservation of energy post) is that time and space exist simultaneously in the space/time continuum. If one were to 'row' backwards, then you're saying that everybody else around you is moving forwards, thus you would see people being resurrected from the graves, babies being put by doctors back into the womb... I mean, come on!
13. ## A new way to time travel!

Here's a new, spur-of-the-moment way to travel backwards or forwards in time! All you need are lasers and a supercomputer. You have this room, with microscopic lasers covering every inch of the room. Now, the lasers are connected to the computer. The computer analyzes what's in the room (by using the lasers to reflect off of everything, and survey every single electron or proton or whatever), and then stores the data in its memory banks. Now... say for simplicity's sake that there was just an electron moving in the room. The computer has its position and velocity stored. It then 'jumps' back a step, by simply Newtonian physics, to find where the electron was one microsecond ago. THen another... then another... You could potentially span years with the computer on this single electron. (In the full room case) the computer has 'gotten back' to 1800, say. (In its memory, of course.) It then projects all the simulated atoms and everything, into a hologram so that you can actually see the past! And the same thing could even be applied to the future, if you wanted too! Can you tell me your comments? I'm trying to build such an apparatus, at first it'll only span one foot. It's nifty!
14. ## Could dreams be portals to other worlds?

Um... you're referring, in your message the 90% of your brain..., as 'who knows what the other 90% could do...' . You're taking your brain as something different than you... but it's not. You are your brain, and your brain can only do what you tell it to do? Actually you can't tell it to do anything; you just do! You're edging into metaphysics here... be careful!
15. ## Could dreams be portals to other worlds?

Um... I don't think that dreams can do that... See, the only thing dreams are is the random, sub-conscious ramblings of your brain, not some kind of projection. It would be neat if that were true, but... And how exactly do you transfer into a parallel universe? If your brain can do that while sleeping, then imagine what it could do while you're awake! :)
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