The Rules of Time Travel


Why Parallel Universes May, In Fact, Exist

Because everyone listens to me, and I have so much power, I’ve been working on The Rules of Time Travel. Time travel may indeed be a “thing”. Albert Einstein made us all realize that was possible when he described time as a destination, inseparable from space, spacetime. So the question then becomes, what is possible if time travel is possible? If spacetime is indivisible, then it becomes obvious that there are certain “rules” that would apply to time travel.

Rule #1: You can’t rewrite history. Every point in spacetime exists only once, so if you manage to time travel to a particular point in spacetime, your journey there is irrevocably a data point there, you can’t change it, your journey there has always been a part of that point in space time, and always will be.

So that was as far as I got, there must be other rules. Can you meet yourself and have a conversation with yourself? If you do, will the universe implode? What if you met yourself and killed yourself, would the future you instantly vanish? And suddenly everything becomes more complex.

There is a tantalizing clue in quantum physics, the probability wave. The movements of subatomic particles governed by quantum physics are random, and all the probabilities for a quantum particle exist, until an observation is made which collapses the probability wave. That all by itself seems to open the door to the possibility that an infinite number of copies of every universe exist.

So back to the time travel thing. Maybe my “Rule #1” is nonsense? What if you can go back in time and change history? The implication of that is also that parallel universes do exist and the universe is constantly, and infinitely dividing. What happened in the universe still exists, but when you rewrite history you create a parallel universe that includes the changes you made.

Something to think about as you slurp your morning coffee, or tea, or beer, as the case may be…

Why Dictatorships Fail

There is a lie that many believe about dictators. They are often called “Strong Men”, and many admire them for their toughness, their decisiveness and even their brutality. But the truth is, they are weak. They are weak for a very simple reason. They are weak because they are evil.

One could say, this is a fallacy, how can you even tell me what is good and what is evil? What you believe to be evil, might be good to someone else. You simply want to live in a universe where those you call good always win, so when you say those who are evil are weak, it is a childish insult, with no basis in truth.

But this is what dictators do, and this is part of what makes them evil. Dictators torture and kill those who disagree with them. The thing is, in a dictatorship it takes courage to express disagreement with the dictator, because it is dangerous. Those who express dissent are not always automatically correct simply due to the fact that they are disagreeing with a dictator, but there is a very strong possibility that when they express dissent they are, at a minimum, expressing the truth, as they see it.

That means that when dictators torture and kill dissidents, they are torturing and killing those who tell them the truth. This is a recipe for disaster, and this is what makes dictators weak. In a dictatorship this means that dictators inevitably surround themselves with people who will tell them what they want to hear, with sycophants, with those who are corrupt, and with those who are fundamentally dishonest. It is inevitable that people will disagree, but in a dictatorship this is not permitted, and this means that those in the inner circle of a brutal dictator are universally dishonest.

We see this now with Vladimir Putin, a brutal dictator, who has made a series of brutal blunders in the Ukraine. A brutal dictator that many, including myself, thought was much smarter than he apparently is. He drastically underestimated the will of the Ukrainian people to fight for their homeland. He drastically underestimated the strength and resilience of Western democracies, and their will to fight in the face of aggression and atrocity. He seriously overestimated the competence of his own armed forces and the effectiveness and robustness of his military hardware.

In every way Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine and the war he now finds himself in has been a series of blunders, wild miscalculations and incompetence. Why? Because he has surrounded himself with advisors and officials that will tell him what he wants to hear, and not the truth that he needs to hear. He is evil. What he is doing is evil, and that evil has made him weak and vulnerable. His life will end in miserable failure, the only question is how many will die, and how much damage will be done before he is destroyed.