What is Time Travel?

Time travel may be defined as “intentionally moving forward or backward in time.”

Hollywood rarely gets the science right in “time warp" movies.  However, an excellent example of fusing of multiple pasts into a changing present, of altering history as it were by weaving different paths from the past into one changed present, is the excellent film Frequency, which starred Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.  That once, Hollywood hit the quantum nail right on the head.  Nothing that happened in Frequency is theoretically impossible.  Just as Schrödinger’s cat can divide and take multiple paths into the future, multiple strands from different pasts can weave into one present.

But, really, how can time travel work?

There are a great many writings on the conditions necessary for time travel, on the seeming paradox of what happens if one goes back in time and kills one's grandfather, of time travel using black holes and Einstein-Rosen bridges.  But few works conceptually explain what is time travel.  How does time travel operate?

Recent discoveries in quantum physics (the study of the physics of sub-atomic particles) and in cosmology (the branch of astronomy that deals with the universe taken as a whole) shed much light on how mind interacts with the universe, including the phenomenon of time travel and an explanation of what is time travel.  These discoveries compel acceptance of the idea that there is far more than just one universe and that we constantly interact with many of these “hidden” universes.

Unfortunately, most books on quantum cosmology are written in language that an ordinary intelligent person cannot understand.  Moreover, many if not most scientists are in a state of denial of anything seemingly supernatural.  They are blind to the supernatural and simply cannot see the obvious logical conclusions of their own discoveries.

What is needed is an understandable source that explains those relevant concepts of quantum physics and cosmology which reveal the exact process by which time travel works.  Schrödinger's Cat, parallel universes, the many-worlds hypothesis, and their relationship to perceived reality are all relevant.  Needed is a source that brings together the contributions of such greats as:

Alain Aspect (the Aspect experiment)
John Stewart Bell (Bell's Theorem)
David Bohm
David Deutsch
Bryce DeWitt
Sir John Eccles
Albert Einstein
Hugh Everett
Stephen Hawking
Douglas Hofstadter
Fred Hoyle
Julian Jaynes
Sir James Jeans
Carl Jung
Subhash Kak
Sir Charles Lyell
Hermann Minkowski
Karl Pribram
Rupert Sheldrake
Neil Sloane
John Wheeler

What is needed is a source that makes clear what is time travel.  Needed is a resource that explains in understandable, non-mathematical terms everything from Einstein to the big bang hypothesis to morphogenetic fields.

Such a source exists.

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M42, the Great Nebula in Orion, is an emission nebula surrounding the quadruple star Theta Orionis.  It is part of a complex region of interstellar matter at a distance of 1,300 light years.  Light travels at 186,284 miles per second.  In a year, that’s nearly six trillion miles.  A distance of 1,300 light years, therefore, is a distance of 7,642,183,500,000,000 miles – written in words, that’s seven quadrillion, six hundred forty-two trillion, one hundred eighty-three billion, five hundred million miles!

Photo of the Orion nebula by Professor M. R. Franks.  Taken on 27 January 2004 from Professor Franks's front yard in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Shot at prime focus with a conventional Ricoh 35 mm camera using as its lens a six-inch (diameter) Celestron refractor telescope on a computer-driven German equatorial mount.  Focal length 1,200 mm (47.24 inches); effective focal ratio f/7.87.  Exposure on Agfa ISO 800 film for 10 minutes, using an LPR (light pollution reduction) filter.

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