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Time travel from ancient mythology to modern science

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Time travelling and time machines have been a topic of science fiction and countless movies for many decades. In fact, it appears that the possibility to travel in time, either into the future or into the past, has appealed to the imagination of mankind for centuries.  While many may think it is absurd to believe that we could travel back or forwards in time, some of the world’s most brilliant scientists have investigated whether it could one day be made a reality.

Albert Einstein for example, concluded in his later years that the past, present, and future all exist simultaneously, and most are familiar with his well-known concept of relativity . That is, that time is relative and not absolute as Newton claimed. With the proper technology, such as a very fast spaceship, one person is able to experience several days while another person simultaneously experiences only a few hours or minutes. Yet the wisdom of Einstein's convictions had very little impact on cosmology or science in general. The majority of physicists have been slow to give up the ordinary assumptions we make about time.

 

 

However, if time travel really was possible, one can hardly contemplate what this may mean for humanity for whoever has the power to move through time, has the power to modify history. While this may sound attractive, it would be impossible to know the consequences of any alteration of past events, and how this would affect the future.   

Time travel in ancient mythology

Urashima TaroIf we look into ancient texts we can find a number of references to time travelling. In Hindu mythology, there is the story of King Raivata Kakudmi who travels to meet the creator Brahma. Even if this trip didn’t last long, when Kakudmi returned back to Earth, 108 yugas had passed on Earth, and it is thought that each yuga represents about 4 million years. The explanation Brahma gave to Kakudmi is that time runs differently in different planes of existence. Similarly, we have references in the Quran about the cave of Al-Kahf. The story refers to a group of young Christian people, who in 250 AD tried to escape persecution and retreated, under God’s guidance, to a cave where God put them to sleep. They woke up 309 years later. This story coincides with the Christian story of the seven sleepers , with a few differences.

Another story comes from the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro . Urashima Taro was an individual who was said to visit the underwater palace of the Dragon God Ryujin. He stayed there for three days, but when he returned to the surface, 300 years had passed. In the Buddhist text, Pali Canon , it is written that in the heaven of the thirty Devas (the place of the Gods), time passes at a different pace where one hundred Earth years count as a single day for them. And there are many more references.

Scientific research

Probably the most well-known story of accidental time travel is the Philadelphia experiment which allegedly took place in 1943 with the purpose of cloaking a ship and making it invisible to enemies’ radar. However, it was said that the experiment went terribly wrong – the ship not only vanished completely from Philadelphia but it was teleported to Norfolk and went back in time for 10 seconds. When the ship appeared again some crew members were physically fused to bulkheads, others developed mental disorders, a few disappeared completely, and some reported travelling into the future and back. Allegedly, Nikola Tesla, who was the director of Engineering and Research at Radio Company of America at the time, was involved in the experiment by making all the necessary calculations and drawings and also providing the generators (however he wasn't alive when the experiment took place, he died a few months before the experiment took place).

In 1960, we have another interesting case report of scientist Pellegrino Ernetti , who claimed that he developed a machine that would enable someone to see in the past, the Chronivisor. His theory was that anything that happens leaves an energy mark that can never be destroyed (something like the mystical Akashic Records). So he allegedly developed this machine that could detect, magnify and convert this energy into an image – something like a TV showing what happened in the past.

Relativity Theory - Travel in TimeIn the 1980s, there are reports of another controversial experiment, the Montauk project , which again allegedly experimented with time travel among other things. Whether the Philadelphia and Montauk experiments actually took place is still under debate. However, it is common sense to assume that the military would definitely be interested in the possibility of time travel and would engage in extensive research on the subject.

Moving on, in 2004, Marlin Pohlman applied for a patent for a method of gravity distortion and time displacement. Marlin Pohlman is a scientist, engineer, and member of Mensa with a Bachelor, MBA and PhD.  And only last year, Wasfi Alshdaifat filed another patent for a space compression and time dilation machine that could be used for time travel.

Physicist Professor Ronald Lawrence Mallett of the University of Connecticut, is working on the concept of time travel, based on Einstein’s theory of relativity, and is absolutely convinced that time travelling is feasible. He predicts that human time travel will be possible in our century.   Particle physicist Brian Cox agrees that time travel is possible but only in one direction. 

We have the mysterious story of Ali Razeqi, managing director of the Iranian Centre for Strategic Inventions, who claimed that he developed a device that can see anywhere from 3 to 5 years in the future. His initial story disappeared from the internet a few hours after it was published.

In theory, time travel is possible, even if it is difficult to comprehend. Has the research cited above brought us closer towards making time travel a reality? If so, we can only hope that the technology does not get into the wrong hands.

By John Black

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I agree Tsurugi

The relativity laws bring you in this direction of notion, super fluid indeed!

When accelerating, a body is loosing mass. Mass is energy, so the body is winning energy on its velocity and loosing on its mass, one equals up the other, more or less.For this reason and in order to get on the "surf wave", a high powered plasma beam ( nuclear), would be more relevant as compared to ejecting away ballast materials. The influence of the beams reactive force will increase when the velocity increases, as the mass of the vessel is decreasing ( in relative terms). I can imagine a strategy for the actual "surfing", but the disapointing thing about all this is that it can never be proved to your own people, as those ancients couldn´t have proved it to their own either.

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Inventor,

There was a fairly recent article I read somewhere, about a paper which noted that "spacetime" displays a lot of the properties of a superfluid, suggesting it isn't actually "empty space". (Hello, Æthere)
So perhaps some form of "paddling" in space is, in fact, appropriate, lol.
But let's be honest, paddling sucks if it has to be kept up for long periods of time. Any large body of fluid will have wave patters moving within it; if space is a vast ocean of aetheric superfluid, it too will contain wave patterns. So instead of using paddling as the primary motive force, maybe a short burst of paddling, if timed properly, would allow one to "catch" one of those waves and ride along with it.

Yes. Space surfing.

You're right, octopi are very intelligent. Giant squid also display intelligence along those lines. That article about the ancient Kraken lair, with all those plesiosaur bones arranged in patterns, comes to mind as well.
So yes, along with the Dinos and the Insectoids, Cephalopods are another possible source of an advanced ancient intelligent race.

Yes Tsurugi

The relativity formula E=mc2 and the classical kinetical energy formula E=mv2 tells you what you stated above, that if you know the trick, its really only an energy conversion, ideally not needing to much external input. When operating inside a sticky dense atmosphere, it may make sense to push media away from your vessel, in order to enjoy the reactive effect, paddling your way through it, in space it seems to be a crasy notion. Perhaps they sailed trough and utilized the gravitational and electromagnetical fields of other bodies in space.

Concerning the ant people, also think of that octopusses are a kind of shellfish, but rather intelligent as such, woldn´t you agree?

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Yes. Hopefully some of those erstwhile chrononauts have figured out a way to slide around all the limitations of Classical Mechanics, so that they aren't having to hurl themselves up to reletavistic velocities in order to get any time travelling done, heh. Plus, that's only a one-way ticket, as far as I know.

As for intelligent dinos, why not? I have also sometimes wondered if there might have been an intelligent insectoid race that arose previous to the Age of Reptiles. It would explain certain aspects of the folklore of some native cultures in North America, about the Ant People and the Snake People.

Tsurugi, as I´m sure you are well aware, many of these UFO observations that occure could theoretically have been time travellers from Earth returning after such a journey with both a timevector and a spacevector or perhaps curves. Travelling at close to the speed of light , would have enabled them to return thousands or millions of years later, still within their normal lifespan. What if, there have even been intelligent dinos with a technology superceeding our present one.

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