by Chris Minnick
Time travel is a bad idea. In fact, time travel may just be the most dangerous thing
that the human race ever develops. If it is possible for a person to travel in time,
and if this person does travel in time, life on earth would instantly become impossible.
Allow me to explain my theory.
Imagine that a 24 year old person develops time travel in 2101. Let's call him
Jerknose. Jerknose decides that he wants to test his time machine by traveling back
to when he was 15 years old (2086), which he does, and successfully. To him, according
to my linear thinking (which is what I must use, being a good scientist, because
it is all that anyone has experience with), the past would be exactly the same as
it was when he was there, except that there would be two of him.
Jerknose would most likely stay removed from the events of this time, and perhaps
would be unable to do anything anyway as a foreign person in his past. After all,
the past has already happened, and time travel would probably be like rewinding a
video cassette. This assumption, that the past is unalterable, is the only experience
we have and therefore it is the most sound notion of the past currently available.
Somehow, Jerknose has developed a way to revisit the past. It is my belief that
he would be unable to return to true present because the time machine (at least the
first model) would require an enormous power source just to transport a single human.
There is absolutely no way that a time machine and it's power source could be transported
as well. Jerknose would be doomed to live out his life watching the other himself
grow up and develop the time machine. When the other himself develops the time machine
and travels backwards, he will travel to a time when there were already two of him.
The observer in 2101 will suddenly die, because as soon as the first Jerknose
travels back in time there will be an infinite number of Jerknoses who will cause
horrible overcrowding. The people of 2101 won't even know what happened. It will
have all happened in the past.