Time Travel Gap

What if you invented a time machine and went back in time and grabbed the old you and then went forward in time to where you first left off?  You wouldn’t exist for a period of time.  Which would also potentially mean you weren’t there to invent said time machine.  Which would then mean you wouldn’t be able to go back in time to stop yourself and so on.

If you were the first person to invent time travel,  how hard would it be to resist wanting to try this experiment out?


2 Responses to “Time Travel Gap”

  1. 1 Graham Storrs January 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I write sci-fi novels, some of them about time travel. So I think about these things a lot. Something I’ve always thought had immense comic potential is the idea that creating a paradox like the one you describe is just not allowed by the universe. Sure, you can go back in time intending to kidnap yourself, or shoot your grandfather, but the fact is you never did. You are the living proof of it. Something, somehow, is going to stop you…

    • 2 ryanchadwick January 16, 2010 at 12:59 am

      I’ve thought about this too. I know a lot of movies have played with this idea also. It really doesn’t strike me as possible though that the “universe” can intuitively change things to stop you performing critical actions. How do you even begin to define something as a critical action vs not. By merely being there you would be causing millions of changes, mostly minuscule yet still having the potential to cause dramatic changes to any number of future events (those events being related or not related to you in particular). How can any entity modify the flows of actions of everything else to balance out those external influences?

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