Time Travel Might Be Possible Through A Black Hole — But, We’ll Need A Dose Of Luck, Lots Of Guts, Fearless Adventurers, And, A Cunning Plan

Time Travel Might Be Possible Through A Black Hole — But, We’ll Need A Dose Of Luck, Lots Of Guts, Fearless Adventurers, And, A Cunning Plan
 
 
     There isn’t many other things that can stir the imagination of those both young and old, more than the subject of time travel.  Ever since, and maybe even before H.G. Wells classic science fiction novel, “The Time Machine,” published in 1895, almost everyone has wondered and dreamed whether or not we will eventually be able to  through time.  As Wikipedia notes, “H.G. Wells is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel, by using a vehicle that allows the operator to travel purposely, and selectively forwards, or backwards in time.”  Many writers and historians consider Wells “the father of modern science fiction,” according to the K.U. Gunn Center For The Study Of Science Fiction.  Many writers and others refer to H.G. Wells as, ‘The Man Who Brought Us Tomorrow.’   Which brings me to Richard Bower and Simon John James, May 23, 2017 article in, T’he Conversation,’ discussing the possibility that we may someday be able to go back,or forwards in time, by using a cosmic wormhole as the mechanism or instrument to do so. According to their website, The Conservation is “an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, [and] delivered directly to the public.” The Daily Mail Online, published, or republished Mr. Bower and Mr. Simon John James’ article, as noted above.
     Mr. Simon John James, a literature professor, and physicist Richard Bower, “were involved in the curating [of] the exhibition, ‘Tine Machines: The Past, The Future, And How Stories Take Us There.”  Dr. Bower begins by explaining that “time travel is the basis of modern physics; and, for anyone who .looks up in the night sky — an everyday experience.  When we view the stars, and planets,” he said, “we see them not as they are now; but, as they were in the past.  For the planets, this time delay is only a few minutes; but, for most of the stars in the night sky — thousands of years.  For galaxies, faint smudges of light made up of very distant collections of stars, the delay can be millions, or billions of years.”
     “By observing the faintest galaxies with the world’s latest telescopes, we can look back through time, and watch the whole history of the universe unfold,” Dr. Bower and Professor Simon John James wrote.  “But, this is not the most satisfying kind of time travel,” he adds.  “It allows us only to gaze into the past as remote observers.”
     “One of the key challenges for modern physics is to determine whether it is possible to influence the past,” the authors note.  “One of the key challenges for modern physics is to determine whether it is possible to influence the past.  One of the key concepts of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, is that objects exist in a long line in 4D spacetime, a unification of time and space.”
     “H.G. Wells was the first [writer, that we know of] to imagine humans traveling through time using technology,” or his time machine,Dr.Bower and and Professor Simon John James wrote.  And before you dismiss Well’s dream of time travel, the authors point out that “other of his imaginations have been realized — he imagined and wrote about the technology of powered flight before science made it possible in real life,  for example.”
     “In the inner regions of a spinning black hole, space and time are mixed, so that this is tantalizingly close to possible; but, I never knowingly met anyone that made their way back from the future this way,” Dr. Bower told The Conversation.  
     “From the conventional point of view, there’s rather a lot wrong with looping back in time,” Dr. Bower said.  “But, modern interpretations of quantum mechanics suggest that the world may actually consist of many parallel futures, constantly splitting off from one another.  All of these futures exist simultaneously; but, we are only conscious of one of them.  From this viewpoint, there isn’t so much to fear from time travel.  The lopped world line simply creates another layer of possible futures.”  
     Professor Simon John James acknowledged he is “fascinated by time travel’s flexibility as a metaphor for talking about many different kinds of academic research.  History, archaeology, would be obvious examples; but, in a recent project, I’ve been really inspired by work in the psychology of autobiographical memory.  Narrative is not just a property of literary, and other kinds of texts:  It has been argued that the human sense of self, is constructed from our narrativising of our own experiences within the passing of time:  that memory, and planning for the future are a kind of ‘mental time travel’ which allows us to constitute identity.”
     “Here, my [Dr. Bower] literary example is “Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol.”
 
     “Scrooge travels back [in time] to memories of his past selves; and, by doing so, is encouraged to change his ways for the better in the future.  We could think of the despised, neglected miser of the vision of Christmas Yet to Come, and the beloved, happy Scrooge of the novel’s ending, as those inhabiting two different ‘parallel worlds,’perhaps?,” he said.
 
     Albert Einstein once wrote that “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge.”  One can certainly see the power of Einstein’s words when looking at H.G. Well’s ‘Time Machine.’  The book caused a sensation and made H.G. Wells one of the most famous of persons on the planet — think J.K. Rowling.  Between Wells, and Jules Verne — “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea,’ every boy and man, and every girl and woman, could — for a time — leave the troubles of their daily lives behind; and, dream about what might be.
 
     It is very clear, that unless, and until we find a way to bend space, or invent the ‘warp drive,’ or the hyper-drive of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars,” we are going to be hostage to technology and baby steps in exploring the universe.  But, that may not necessarily be a bad thing.  Dr. Stephen Hawking, among others, has warned that our sending out signals into deep space announcing our presence and location, may be very unwise.  Indeed, Dr; Hawking has compared an alien race arriving here on Earth to the white settlers arriving here in America where the indigenous Indian population was here first.  But, as Dr. Hawking warns, that didn’t work out so well for the Indians.  And, Dr. Hawking is worried that by broadcasting our presence into deep space — we could be inviting a situation whereby we’re the Indians and the aliens are equivalent to the white/European population that settled and eventually pushed the Indians off their land.
     There are so many unknowns.  If we could really enter a black hole and come out safely on the other side — wherever that is — is, this a one-way trip?  And, if we do actually get through the black hole or worm hole, would we even know back here?  Probably not.  This would probably be a one-way trip — unless and until we develop the technology that would allow us to travel to deep space…..quickly.  If we do successfully get though the black hole, wherever that is, would the alien civilization be able to trace back the origin of where our astronauts came from?  
     I here Dr. Hawking, and his warning is not to be dismissed.  But, I do think that we humans have a ‘fatal’ gene that forces us to explore, to push the envelope, and — ‘to go where no man has gone before.’  We can no more stop ourselves from exploring deep space, than we can stop a newborn from crying; nor, stop a mountaineer from summiting Mount Everest.  This ‘fatal gene,’ is also why H.G. Wells and Jules Verne captured our imagination to the degree they did; and, set the stage for what has since transpired in our exploration or space — such as it is.  As has been so eloquently said so many times before — we do not summit Everest because we want to die, we summit it — because we want to live.
     It was Plato, the classical Greek philosophe — by way of Socrates — that gave us the following quote:  “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  As Wikipedia, and numerous other scholarly references note, Plato is credited with recording the quote, which comes from Plato’s Apology, which is a recollection of the speech Socrates gave at his trial; which eventually saw him sentenced to death for what the Greek state said was…..’poisoning the mind of Athens’ youth.’  
 
     We are compelled to examine who we are, why are we here, are we all alone, and — what lies beyond.  V/R, RCP
    
 
 

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