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events took place by extracting any ambiguity. We could show conclusively without any element of doubt who Jack the Ripper was, who shot Kennedy, or how any event unfurled. Quite literally electromagnetic fields could surround old battle sites, and the carnage replayed with all its bloody outcome.
That might be unethical though, for although we might eventually be able to replay any significant event in our history as though some old video tape, we should never forget, those that participate in the entertainment will experience all the hardship and pain as when it originally happened.
We could demonstrate a scene, say Charles 1 being executed, and see the fear in his eyes, the expectation of the crowd and indignity of the final act, as the blade swings down and removes his head. Not a pleasant thought, but a thought that will be argued possibly to the annuals of time itself. Some will say it a necessary part of understanding ourselves. We could watch the pain and tragedy and thus be less likely to replicate it, just as body bags on the tele' make us less likely to venture forth to war today.
But most arguments like that would be puerile, as any individual whom is prepared to let others suffer, merely to prohibit it happening to themselves, is selfish to a fault. But just as we should consider selfishness as much a characteristics of human behaviour as eating or going to the loo, we should understand our protestations of these decisions will not only be ignored, but will be futile. I deduced that when I thought how David said these distant travellers wanted to meet me.
For me a very sobering thought entered my body around about Sam that morning. I had worked for nearly three hours solid, and concluded the outcome of my long, progressive search for what makes us us: I had formulated time on a universal basis and allowed others to use its original make-up to advance their, or should it be our technology to such an extent, they wanted to contact me. I didn't know, as I slumped heavily back in my seat, whether I felt fear, apprehension, curiosity or a combination of all the aforementioned.
What I did know, was alone, in the sombre stillness of early morning I had an appointment with my own destiny, one that could not be avoided; but before that happened I had some serious thinking to do. The last thing I wanted, was to be set-up.
As previously mentioned in this work, I asked friends to undertake work on my behalf, and when they attempted that, all sorts of funny things happened, including my bank account interfered with and my telephone bill looking as though it was the national debt. David, to me, was not really in a fit state to deduce anything too serious, and after attacking my brandy, he appeared even less likely to equate the problem solving I need to do. As I sat there, I tried desperately to determine that ethical principle, whether any future species, even if distantly related to us, would undertake field surveys of individuals, historical events and collate the evidence? It would always be a difficult decision to call, and I suppose, if I am honest about this, I must ask myself would I invade someone else's time to further my own inquiries, and the honest answer is probably yes, it would be too tempting not to.
Therefore, although I can sit here piously pontificating the virtues of us, in reality, I don't think we would be that different given the opportunity. To ask a scientist not to conduct an experiment, regardless of ethical questions, is akin to asking the wind not to blow, or the clouds not to rain: Temptation has a very strong calling to any research academic with a project on the stove.
And while some will no doubt contest vigorously the unethical nature of interfering with time, I'm afraid I cannot agree, even though I do accept their argument. The reason is this: Some people might begin to think when we talk openly of time travel, we are talking of changing history, maybe shaping or manipulating that passage of events for our own profit.
But nothing could be further from the truth. We have entitled this chapter time Travel, but really we should have called it time Windows, because this proposal is not really about going back and forth in time, it is more about showing the relevance of a place in time to an observer: What we might call an existentialist survey. They themselves would not be allowed to interfere with any event in history.
To imagine this, we have to analyse the very
Below is a list of chapters for the Metaphysics Anthology. The book itself is designed as abit of fun! One man thinking out loud. You should not see it as science, merely enjoy the imagination of the human mind in full swing.
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