The first part of a series of documentaries from the mind of Stephen Hawking aired last weekend. I missed it, but my brother told me about it. Here’s what I took from it.
My brother told me that he had watched the show last Sunday.
“Cool,” I said, “how was it?” (At this point, I didn’t yet realize that it was to be a multi-part series.)
“Pretty interesting,” he said.
“Isn’t he supposed to know how the world ends, or I’m guessing the probability of it, at least?”
“No,” he replied, “that’s next week.”
Wait a second. Next week? Bummer. I guess I can cancel my summer vacation. This is when I realized there was at least one more show.
“Oh,” I quickly pondered the end of the world, “well, what was it about?”
“Aliens and time travel. Aliens are likely to invade our planet for resources.”
“And time travel,” I asked, “what’s that all about?
“Well, theoretically, it’s possible.”
I thought for second how cool that would be and that someone beyond our lifetimes might figure out how to do it. It would be nice to float through time and fix some things here and there. I wouldn’t have eaten those bad leftovers. Maybe go back and get some wining power ball numbers… then my thought was cut short.
“But you can only go forward.”
“What do you mean?” I asked him.
“Well you could travel through time, in theory, but you can only go forward.”
So let me get this straight. The arguably smartest man in the world is on TV explaining that time travel is theoretically possible, but we can only go forward? Maybe I’m missing something here, but… DON’T WE DO THAT EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY? I’m no rocket scientist, but if that’s all it takes, then I’m fairly certain I’m traveling through time right now, at the rate of about one second per second (normal speed).
I’m not bashing Stephen Hawking or the network, but can’t the people that are way smarter than all of us come up with cars that run on garbage or ways to build cities on water or something? (That’s a lot of real estate, by the way!) Just a thought.
By: S. Cole Garrett