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Posted by Adam/">Adam on June 9, 1998 18:43:18 UTC

: thank you fo r your sencer response i must say though that i dont really know how the machine works or why it does because i didnt invent it my futer counterpart did also worm holes are simply the actualy "highways" to black holes "opnramps" on the same "frequency" to make the wormhole. : on a truly serious note dont you think that "tattoe message to my futer self thing would work" in theory it should : any more questions? ______________________

Well, I am sure you understand the paradox you have just opened up. Let me spell it out for everyone else though.

If indeed you future self brought you back a time machine, and you used it to say, go back in time. You would then prevent yourself from ever inventing a time machine and going back and giving it to yourself.

In order to invent this time machine, your other self no doubt had to put a great deal of effort and study into doing so (as well as putting up with grief for the stupid tatoo).

By taking your time machine and using it to explore the past, you take away the tremendous focus your other self must have had, from building a time machine, to exploring time. Hence, you cannot go back and give yourself a time machine.

I know what you are thinking, "At some future date, I will simply take back the time machine my other self gave me, so that the cycle will continue."

It does not work this way, if you never invent the time machine, you can never go back and give it to yourself, so that you can give it to yourself, so that... Well at about this juncture, you should be getting the point. Getting a headache? That is why they call it a paradox. Remember these words, History is Stable.

Your time would be better spent on the wonders of things such as wormholes, superstrings and such. If you wish to travel into the future, this will one day be possible, but it is a one-way street.

Better luck next time.

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