It reminds one of a story that a comic (was his name Steven Reich?) once made. He related putting instant coffee in his microwave and almost going back in time. ----- Original Message ----- From: Rickard A. Parker To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 1:25 PM Subject: Re: Warning//Quantum Mechanics/ /way off topic It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. Woody Allen 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 http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/07/17/274531.aspx 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 http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/07/17/274531.aspx ] 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 situation."