if you had the chance, what would you do over?
i'm not talking about wistful regrets or a rhetorical "gee whiz..."
knowing what you know now, knowing what you did and what happened because of it...what would you change?
If his experiment with splitting photons actually works, says University of Washington physicist John Cramer, the next step will be to test for quantum "retrocausality."c'mon, you know you've done it at some point in your life. made a wrong turn into the path of a bad relationship. drank out of the wrong bottle. slept with the wrong person.
That's science talk for saying he hopes to find evidence of a photon going backward in time.
Roughly put, Cramer is talking about the subatomic equivalent of arriving at the train station before you've left home, of winning the lottery before you've bought the ticket, of graduating from high school before you've been born.
okay, they're all the right person, but sometimes at the wrong time.
anyway, here's this guy who says he can make photons defy conventional wisdom on the linearity of time. next thing you know people will be walking around with i-time pods, going back and doing things over willy nilly. what a fabulous free-for-all that would be.
your boss didn't like you being late for work? go back and do that morning quickie a little quicker. you think the leader of the free world is a low-IQ loser? go back and slip some rat poison into his frat party cocaine. you have a problem with the ethics of murder? go back and re-write some religious dogma.
and it's all good, because if people don't like what you've done, they can go back and re-do it. the world will be a continually changing, time-warping, flux capacitating party.
and if you don't like everyone traveling back and forth, messing up the decor in your waterfront mansion...you go back and take out the photon-splitting scientist.
i've gotten carried away again, haven't i. no problem.
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hey, check this out. some guy at the university of washington thinks he can make photons travel back in time. what an interesting concept.
you know, if you had the chance...what would you do over?