Sunday Reads: Time machines

I’ve often thought that I chose to incarnate during the 1960s era so that I could enjoy all the great pop and rock music.

That would suppose that I knew in advance that groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin would exist then. In some occult literature, it is written that time is an illusion (or something) and that in the in-between states — between one human incarnation and the next one — we as eternal spiritual entities see past, present and future with one panoramic vision.

Honestly, it boggles my mind to even think about it in spiritual terms (some might say, fairy tale terms, eh?), so a report on the FirstPost site (among others) about “a mathematical model for a viable time machine” created by one Ben Tippett from the University of British Columbia is even less comprehensible to my less-than-scientific mind.

But you know that any “news” reports with the words “Time Machine” in the headlines are going to generate a lot of reader clicks, because who hasn’t read or seen a film version of H.G. Wells’ famous novel of the same name? Or watched Back to the Future? The aforementioned article, of course, talks about Einstein and his “theory of general relativity, stating that gravitational fields are caused by distortions in the fabric of space and time.”

Reports FirstPost: “The division of space into three dimensions, with time in a separate dimension by itself, is incorrect, said Tippett. The four dimensions should be imagined simultaneously, where different directions are connected, as a space-time continuum.”

He goes on to use Einstein’s theory to explain it, talking about things like the curvature of space-time, flat space-time, black holes and more.

“My model of a time machine uses the curved space-time to bend time into a circle for the passengers, not in a straight line. That circle takes us back in time.”

OK, then.

Tippett also points out that he doubts anyone will ever build such a device because it would require the use of “exotic matter.”

Hmm. Sounds like ethereal, spiritual type of “exotic” matter to me. (But I digress, yes? Or maybe not, eh?)

So, I’m thinking this morning that if I could hop into a device and time travel, where would I go and in which time period would it be?

Answer: San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, summer of 1967. Think summer of love, flower power, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin, LSD . . . and peace and love, baby.

How about you? When and where would be your first time-traveling destination?

About Sunday Reads posts: This is a weekly feature giving us all a chance to point to an article or two or three that we found interesting in the preceding week, or the morning of. They can be offbeat, humorous, weighty commentary, whatever. So, if you have any recommendations, please point to them in the readers’ comments section below.

— Jillian

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One thought on “Sunday Reads: Time machines

  1. I love time travel movies and books. the concept is fascinating. Reliving some events would be awesome. However, the further back in time the more likely you would not survive as we are so different (language, knowledge, understanding society norms and laws) and the risk of altering time. It would be very difficult to go back as only an observer. It might be best left to our imagination through books and movies. I would like to go back to the death and resurrection of Christ. However, I would not survive – I would be crucified too.

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