Further thoughts on time travel


If we accept the postulate of linear time as a dimension, then we must accept the postulate of time travel. After all, if we can walk back and forth on a white line in one dimension, then why can’t we move back and forth on the line of time?

Hard problems like this sometimes force us to review the accepted baselines that we work from. For example, that time is linear, or for that matter even exists at all.

Let me put it this way: as we advance in conscious awareness, so our perception and awareness of the universe changes. Using the current vernacular, there are stages in this progression that cause quantum jumps from one state to another – the old Cartesian views replaced by quantum theory for example. The same is true if we intend to actually travel in time, or at least be perceived to travel in time.

But we are in danger of infinite regress here. If we assume a new quantum leap in consciousness and acquire a more accurate understanding of time, we realise that time is actually a perception of the holistic nature of the universe at our current evolutionary consciousness. Thus, at the new level of awareness and with a complete understanding of “time”, time travel in our current model ceases to exist or even have been a realistic viewpoint. We may then achieve travel in this new environment, which would appear as “time travel” to those retaining the previous quanta of consciousness.

Issues such as this have tugged at the intellects of philosophers throughout recorded history, though the rational scientific mind refuses to accept the postulates without the proof of experimentation. However, an experimental practice could well change at the new level of awareness, and so the results and orthodoxy may well be questioned. Fortunately today, the scientific community is unlikely to burn the heretic at the stake, but it makes forward progress difficult in the mainstream as the momentum of the group consciousness of the current quanta ensures that only small changes in its momentum can be tolerably integrated.

So, is time travel a possibility in our current context, or does the current conscious momentum reduce the possibility of the quantum jump until such time as a subconscious critical mass is achieved whereby a new state of existence is possible?

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    About 40 years ago, I discovered role-playing and Dungeons and Dragons in one of the after school clubs. It revealed a universe that allowed me to flex my storytelling muscles and enjoy a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and feed the escapist dreamer inside.

    Over time, I played (and story-led - marked with *) many systems including Call of Cthulhu*, Shadowrun, Dungeons & Dragons*, Middle Earth, In Nomine*, Bushido, Chivalry & Sorcery, Chill, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Gammaworld, Hawkmoon, Stormbringer, Immortals*, Marvel Super Heroes, Paranoia, RuneQuest, Vampire: The Masquerade*, and a couple of systems my own devising (Medieval* and Parody*).

    I explored live-action role-playing – eventually running my own club and creating my own LARP systems (Fools Gold and Dream Conquest) – and usually found myself in script-writing or game-master duty, writing over 500 individual live adventures over the period (usually weekly), many linked into the world events of the fantasy land we created. I also volunteered for Curious Pastimes and Lorien Trust at their main LARP events (special effects at the Ritual Circle), and did a little script work, cameos and improv for Curious Pastimes. I was also the South East's Editor (UK) for the LARP magazine The Adventurer. The biggest event I ran was a 10-month modern-day "murder mystery" LARP set around parts of Kent where characters were "always-on" and could get updates and interactions at any time outside of scheduled events. That was in the 1990s.

    I was also the artistic director for English Heritage for their live Halloween Horrors events at Fort Amherst in Kent from 1998-1999.

    Now, I write as the mood takes me with occasional competitions and challenges, and this year (2020) I will be taking on #NaNoWriMo.

    Here's to the future!