Monthly Archives: May 2014

Time-Travel Problems

So apparently about 8 months ago I meant to write this post about time travel problems. As is appropriate, I forgot to do that then, so I am leaving it to my future self to play catch-up for me, in January 2015. You’ll see it in the future, but also maybe in the past. It is hard to say.

A pretty good description of how time-travel can cause you some problems is here:

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal #3338

This sort of thing can happen if you accidentally invent a time-machine and then go into the past and convince your past self to invent a time machine and go into the past and kill your past self.

Are we following?

Sometimes it can also be problematic to learn things about both the past and future that you would not and will not have known otherwise. No one likes spoilers:

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal #3337

Blogging from one’s own future can be problematic as well. I want to tell you about having seen Interstellar already, but if I tell you what it will be about, then you won’t go see it and then I won’t have seen it and then no on will have seen it and it won’t do very well at the box office, and so on and so forth. Go see Interstellar when it comes out. You’ll probably go multiple times, but you won’t know if that is because you saw it in the future first and then after that in the past because of seeing it before in the future. It is impossible to know really.

If you are interested in keeping up with the latest in time travel issues and problems while we continue to navigate this temporal experiment at X-Files 20 Years Later, I suggest following /r/timetravelproblems at Reddit.