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Time Travel: The Most Ridiculous Theory In Science
Time travel is the most ridiculous theory in science. Its proponents adamantly vouch that any day now, there will be an invention – a machine or a mechanism – which will work so systematically that we can already go back to the past or move forward into the future, anytime we desire and by just pushing a button. With that, the birth of the universe can be witnessed, assassination attempts on key figures in history would be botched, future disasters can be avoided, and bungled opportunities can be given another chance.
It will be a sheer restructuring of human existence. But all of these are just products of our age-old longing to ascertain the origins, nature, and future of the universe, and of our existence. They’re all a fairy tale, hence childish and ridiculous.
Time travel proponents rely on a number of instances to advance the possibility of their claim. Three of them are light travel, space travel, and space-time warp.
Light continuously travels in space, and all lights that we see in space are already history. The sun that reaches the earth is eight minutes old; thus, its light that we see and its heat that we feel are always past. The stars that twinkle at night are only reflections of their past. Many of these stars might have been extinct for billions of years already, but their reflections are still hurtling toward our planet and beyond. Time travel proponents claim that if the past of the sun and stars can be seen or felt, so can the past of humanity and the universe.
Light is the only matter in the universe that can travel through the vastness of space for billions of years. It is also the only one that can leave in the past its essence, which can be seen or felt by humans upon reaching the Earth. As to why light is the only one like that is an enigma.
Light differs virtually with sound. Sound can not leave its essence in the past. It can not travel in space. Sounds create echoes in areas appropriate for echoes, but echoes don’t travel that far. They easily fade out; hence, sounds and their echoes have no past that can be heard in some other space-time. We have yet to listen to sounds produced by some celestial events that had occurred in the past.
The sounds created by the high-velocity collision between Jupiter and the comet Shoemaker-Levy in 1994 are a proof that sound can not travel in space. Those collision sounds did not reach the Earth; they remained within Jupiter’s immediate reach.
Let us assume for a while that a machine which can go back to the past has been invented now. Its inventor, Mark, rides it to travel back to the days when he was 15 years old. He reaches that period, manages to talk with the teenage him, and then experimentally brings the teenager into our time.
What will happen then? Mark’s youth will be discontinued because it is brought into the future. There would no longer be a youth who would continue Mark into the older age, and so there would no longer be an older Mark who would invent the time machine.
That will be the breakdown of everything logical. But that scenario will never happen because, unlike light, our physical past has no “living environment” that can be seen or felt in some other space-time. It easily fades out, like sound.
Human past exists in memory, in fossils, in artifacts, in writings, and in preservation instruments. But its “living physical environment”where one can return to, walk around, mingle with people there, and live for a certain period is nowhere. It does not exist. Each of our yesterdays evaporates into nothingness each time the sun goes down over the horizon. Therefore, we can not go back to it.
Travel into the future can allegedly be done through a machine that travels at the speed of light (which is about 186,000 miles per second). If such machine travels into space at the speed of light for about an hour, the machine could have leaped into the future by about 60,000 years. When it lands back on Earth, the year in the calendar would be 60,000 A.D.
Again, this is unlikely. Humans can never develop such a machine because human limitations can not go within or beyond the speed of light. A machine that can travel at the speed of light is countless times more powerful than atomic energy, and so the machine itself can be vaporized in a matter of seconds.
Space-time warp is allegedly another method that once done can also realize time travel. To avoid traveling the vast distance between two points in space, this method should be applied: Warp the space, so that the two points would be nearer to each other.
It’s like a sheet of paper being folded in the middle, so that its two ends would meet. It’s also like the sun assuming the role of a bowling ball resting in the middle of bed. The longer the ball rests in the middle, the more it sinks deeper and the more it pulls the bed toward itself.
Space-time warp is another theory that will never be made applicable. It’s because space is not like a sheet of paper that can be folded, for it has no continuous solid properties that can be warped. The sun has no solid matter to rest on in space for it to be able to warp space.
If the sun’s gravity could warp space and time, then the entire solar system, which is billions of years old already, could have long ago become a vortex: As the sun keeps sucking the planets, the faster the planets would revolve around it until it eats all the planets. But it does not happen. The sun only keeps getting older, and the planets and moons have remained in a constant precision: They travel in accurate paths, governed by the laws of inertia, gravity, and centrifugal forces.
Space-time warp is an unproven theory. Its only supporting speculation thus far is an eclipse that happened in 1919 in West Africa. The British team observing the eclipse noted that the stars near the sun changed position during the eclipse; but in reality, their light was bent or bent itself while it passed the sun and thus reached the Earth. In other words, during such phenomenon, an optical illusion occurs: When starlight is blocked by a huge celestial body like the sun, light is bent (or bends itself) in order to reach the Earth, and the stars look like they are in a place where they are not really there. An illusion, indeed.
Time travel is a scientific propaganda that will remain in the wishing well. Its degree of possibility is within an impoverished child’s fairy tale imagination of stars falling into the Earth as diamonds and thus helping his family find a way to abundance and prosperity.
While time travel proponents are our modern-day alchemists. Alchemy is an ancient science or superstition of turning lead into gold. It has long ago been abandoned.
The only consolation we have with time travel is that it provides the emotional (yet fantastic) assurance that we humans can someday, somehow, know the reasons why we exist in a limitless universe.