Perhaps time really is as simple as we used to think. The
wise ones tell us that all we have is this moment; this moment is all
Maybe time is a bubble. This moment (moment meaning:
the smallest possible increment of time, so vastly small that our
limited minds cannot encompass it) replaced the one before, and is
replaced by the next. There is no extant past in which my grandmother
still prunes her garden; our lost ones are truly lost.
imagine a kettle on the boil, but there is just one bubble at a time.
It bursts as the next rises to the surface. There is no past time to
travel to. It's gone. All that is left is its consequences.
bubble creates infinite possible futures. The next bubble creates its
own infinite possible futures; some are the same as the last, some are
not. With each new bubble, an infinite number of possible futures
vanishes, and others take their place. It might be, theoretically,
possible to travel to the future, to some possible future, and even to
But, unless our time traveler is very lucky, she
may land in a possible future that then becomes impossible. It vanishes
around her. It suddenly disappears (and she along with it) or perhaps
it fades, slowly, in and out, as possibilities change with each new
moment of time. Our imagined time traveler would have to be impossibly
lucky to land in a future that endures.
This (this metaphysical nonsense) is what happens when one watches too much Doctor Who and Torchwood, which is -- don't you think? -- becoming very sexy, and very dark. Are
these inextricably entwined?
No doubt a physicist or mathematician
could easily disprove my amateur theory.
*It has been brought to my attention that more detailed instructions might be useful. If you are not a member of flickr, you can't download photos, so first, join flickr -- it's free, and you can always unjoin if you want. Then click here; above the image you'll see ALL SIZES -- click that; then click and download the size you want.
You can then use any photo editing program to add your name and date -- now that you have a flickr account, you could upload it into your own account and use Picnik to do this; or print out a copy and do it by hand.
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