I remember years ago watching a televison drama, Qauantum Leap. I must have been a teenager at that time. The basis of the show was, of course, that through Quantum Mechanics, a man was able to travel through time. One particular episode, I remember to this day. The man who starred in the show as the time traveler usually had a mission when he went back in time. In this episode, he went back in time to Dallas, November 1963, supposedly to try to prevent the Assassination. He came close to stopping Lee Harvey from pulling the trigger, but was unable to stop the Assasination and the last scene of the show was the time traveler at the hospital in Dallas talking to his boss or sidekick(I forget some details of the show) and they were watching Jackie Kennedy in her famous blood stained dress or suit. The time traveller laments his failure to complete his mission and his boss/sidekick says to him: But, you were successful. You interupted him just long enough. The boss/sidekick looks at Jackie: The first time, she died too.
From: Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 11:29 am
Subject: Re: Warning//Quantum Mechanics/ /way off topic
Rick, this is fascinating! Sounds like a way to prove deja vu! Diana
"Now brace yourself for the backward-causality part: Because Signal B followed a shorter route to its detector, the fiddling in Signal A could theoretically show up in Signal B before Cramer actually fiddles with Signal A. It would be as if Cramer's actions had an effect that worked backward in time."
It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly
not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.
Forget speeds faster than light. How about faster than simultaneous?
"Backward research goes forward"
Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 8:41 PM by Alan Boyle
University of Washington physicist (and science-fiction author) John
Cramer is moving forward with his experiment in backward causality,
thanks in part to tens of thousands of dollars in contributions sent
in by his fans. Although Cramer emphasizes that his lab is looking at
'nonlocal quantum communication' rather than backward time travel per
se, the gadgetry he's assembling could settle a controversy
surrounding a seemingly faster-than-light effect that Albert Einstein
thought was downright spooky.
Read the middle of the article at
Cramer, who is the author of two science-fiction novels and a regular
columnist for Analog magazine, said the experiment represents "a rare
opportunity to push the envelope of quantum mechanics." No matter how
it turns out, the results will be put to good use, he said.
"If this experiment we're doing works, then I will follow up and push
it as hard as possible. And if it doesn't work, I will write a
science-fiction novel where it does work," he said. "It's a win-win
Don't get caught with egg on your face. Play Chicktionary!