A trip to Mantes la Jolie, July 11, 1792

This guest post from author Jennifer Macaire (“Time for Alexander” series) shares with us her adventures in Mantes la Jolie…on July 11, 1792!

This is a guest post from Jennifer Macaire, an excerpt from her original post on her blog.

Jennifer Macaire
Jennifer Macaire

Jennifer is the author of the “Time for Alexander Series” (The Road to Alexander and Legends of Persia where there’s “…Sex, love, war, & quite a bit of vino – it’s a Greek myth come to life…”

But for now she describes her little trip into the past…

A trip to Mantes la Jolie, July 11, 1792

It’s easy for me to go back in time. I live in a village steeped in history, and there are vestiges everywhere I look. But my next trip will be a political one – the elections are in the news, and the only reasons we have elections is because we are a Democracy. It was a messy job wresting the country away from the monarchy. There was a war, thousands of people died, there was mass confusion, hatred, fear…but also hope, elation, and in the end, freedom. Or at least, as best a freedom as we know. And Mantes, my little village, played a small, but important part.

The Revolution was in disarray. The army had lost over two thirds of its officers (most were nobles, and fled to countries which are now marching on France.) More than 50,000 soldiers deserted, the emperors of Prussia and Austria with 120,000 men were coming to crush the Revolution. The kingdoms of England, Russia, and Spain support them. The Revolution must be stopped! But today, the 11 July 1792, a decree was published asking for volunteers – and the people answered the call. The people of Mantes would be the first to join. The common people would save the Revolution. And I wanted to see the decree and hear the famous call to arms.

I left before daybreak. It’s always best to arrive back in time before there are too many people around. I timed it just right – the marketplace was empty. The guard (there were now guards in most towns – before they were only manning the gates, now they were everywhere making sure the new laws were obeyed) was slumped on his bench, his face covered with his hat, his snores muffled.

I walked across the market square and sat on a stone bench in an arched doorway. From there, I could see everything. The river looked higher in this day and age. The locks had not been installed and the water came up to the fortifications. The town looked bigger too, somehow, than now, because of the palace behind the church and because of the high walls. Barges docked along the river, and in the pale light of dawn, people started to appear, heading to the fountains to fetch water. The buildings were stone, with first and second stories in timber and stucco. It was cleaner than I thought it would be. A recent decree had made it against the law to keep pigeons, chickens, ducks and pigs within the city limits, and it was now illegal to dump waste into the streets.

I’m wearing a plain brown skirt and unbleached linen blouse, and on my feet are wooden clogs. In the wake of the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, the government of the city of Paris decreed that all citizens in the capital must wear a tricolor cockade, a round emblem constructed of ribbons displaying the city’s colors of red and blue as well as the monarchy’s standard white. Mantes is close enough to Paris so that almost everyone is wearing the cockade. Mine is pinned to my blouse. My hair is hidden beneath a linen scarf. I have a basket of plums with me – if anyone wonders, I’m from a farm a few kilometers away and I’ve come to sell some plums. I’m dressed as a simple farm girl. My clothes are simple but I’m not pretending to be nobility. Here is a sketch of me; note the wooden shoes with the high heel – my only concession to vanity! High class women wear fine muslin dresses and fancy hats, but I don’t expect to see any here in Mantes.

The sun rose and the marketplace bustled. Some vendors set up small stands, but what really stood out was a group of citizen soldiers who pitched a large tent with tables and benches inside it. I picked up my basket and edged closer. A man appeared with a leather satchel full of rolls of documents. He took one, unrolled it, and, standing in front of the tent, began to shout. “La patrie en danger ! Aux armes citoyens!” (The Fatherland is in danger! To arms, citizens!) Soon, the tent was full of young men intent on signing up. What struck me was the good humor everyone seemed to share. Despite the fact that the French army was in tatters, despite the fact that over a hundred thousand enemy soldiers were on their way, the people were nearly euphoric. I’d expected fervor, and there was much of that. But there was a lightness in the air – a sort of excitement I’d never experienced. Here, the seeds of freedom and democracy were sprouting, finding fertile ground, and thriving. Fraternity, liberty – and equality. People were greeting each other as if they were equals – a thing that hadn’t happened since antiquity. Even I, in my peasant’s dress, was treated with respect. It was, I realized, a huge step forward for the common man (and woman). And the people wanted to defend this newfound freedom so they signed up in droves.

One of the first to sign up was Sérafin Casimir Leroy, French citizen living in Mantes, who, as it said on the paper he signed, promised to serve for 3 years with honor and loyalty. He was 25 years old, He got five livres upon inscription and for the first month, then he would receive 30 sols a month until the end of his service.

The citizen Leroy was measured at five feet, three inches. His hair and eyebrows were blond, his eyes gray, his nose was a little long, his mouth average, chin pointed and his face oval. He had a small scar near his right eye. All that was written down on his inscription paper. He was handed an assignat for the sum of five livres, and off he went to war. I don’t know if he ever came home.

The sun climbed higher and I became thirsty. There is a rule I follow when I time travel: drink beer whenever possible. On the whole, water in public fountains is perfectly fine, and most people drink water. But beer throughout the ages has always been my favorite, (although I do enjoy a nice glass of wine now and then). I found a stand selling beer and bought a bottle, trading plums for it. Beer was still the people’s choice at that time, although cider was becoming more popular. Soda water had been invented too, (but I didn’t trust the spigots made from leaded metals). I drank my beer and gave the bottle back to the vendor, then sold the rest of my plums to a woman wearing a tricolor sash and cockade. She called me “sister”, and told me her three sons had signed up to fight for liberty.

Decree in 1792 Mantes

assignat for 5 livres

My time was nearly up. I had to be back in the same spot I arrived to be picked up by the time-tractor beam. There is a strict rule about bringing back souvenirs, but I managed to get a copy of the decree, which I have here, and an assignat for 5 livres, which I swiped from the tent (they had a pile of them for the recruits!)

Mantes la Jolie circa 1650
Mantes la Jolie circa 1650
Mantes la Jolie Today
Mantes la Jolie Today

Of course you realize I can’t tell you how I time travel – it’s a secret. Let’s just say it takes a great deal of energy, is easiest to do on stormy days, and the best thing to do after a trip is eat a bar of chocolate – (although that may simply be my excuse for eating lots of chocolate). It’s mostly a question of catching the time tractor beam at just the right place. Oh, and planning is important too – you have to know where you’re going so you can wear the right clothes (never stick out). I am already planning my next trip, and I will aim for a Christmas celebration – there is a heatwave coming here these next few days, and I want to escape that!

Jennifer Macaire

About the author

Jennifer Macaire as a farm girl, circa 1790
Jennifer Macaire as a farm girl, circa 1790

I grew up in NY, Samoa and the USVI. I met my husband at the polo club in Paris. All that is true. But mostly I like to make up stories.

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Models of Time and Fate

There are many models of time and time travel. In this guest post, Gregory Taylor goes through the principles of some of them and explains how they deal with free will and fate.

This fascinating post on time travel models and fate comes to us thanks to Gregory Taylor.

Gregory B Taylor
Gregory B Taylor

Gregory’s qualified in maths (major in Computer Science and a minor in Music) and education in teaching Maths and Computers. And in his spare time he writes.

So after reading his article below, why not check out his serial personifying mathematics (which has now become a webcomic) and keep an eye out for Time & Tied where teenagers discover a time machine.

Now. Back to our fate!

Models of Time and Fate

How inevitable was this post? As both a writer and reader of temporal fiction, one thing that I find myself becoming more interested in of late is the psychological impact the existence of time travel would have on us. Do we want the power to change our history? Or our destiny? As a time traveller, would we even be in control? Or are we at the mercy of fate, forced down a particular path no matter what!

To that end, here is a summary of the most popular time travel theories that exist, combined with a look at how the timelines might be affected by what we’d consider “fate” (events beyond our control) and “free will” (the power to act voluntarily). Bear in mind that my degree is in mathematics, not psychology, and I’d be very interested in alternative interpretations or related discussion on the matter.

The Fixed Timeline

The “fixed timeline” model claims that anything which has happened in the past always happened that way, regardless of (or despite) the existence of time travel. The simplest version of this theory would have our time traveller unable to interact. They are a “ghost”, an unseen “observer” to history.

However, it is equally possible to have a fixed version that would allow interaction, yet has the time traveller’s upcoming actions already etched in history. For instance, that time Bill fell out of a tree and broke his arm? It was due to events yet to occur in his future; perhaps Bill will go back to prevent it, which is what causes the fall.

At first glance, this theory would seem to say that all events are fated to occur, and by extension, that we lack free will. Effectively what will be, already has been, and our time traveller is destined to act the way he did. To me, this seems too rigid. Consider that this theory employs the “Novikov self-consistency principle”, and that principle merely states that any event giving rise to a paradox has zero probability of occurring.

This is not quite the same as saying that everything is fated.

Consider, what if the fixed timeline model merely means “the time traveler’s present cannot change”? For instance, say Ted loses his keys. He time travels back, seeing when he dropped them, and retrieves them. So Ted was always the person who walked off with his own keys, right?

Maybe not. Perhaps there was an overwritten timeline where the keys were washed down a storm drain, lost for good. Ergo, by going back in time and retrieving them after the loss – but before that event – Ted has indeed changed history. The storm drain event never happened. Except… Ted doesn’t realize he changed anything. He has the free will to believe he has changed history (because he has?) even though his memory might tell him otherwise (the keys were never lost?).

The main thing about the fixed timeline theory is that we can never know whether we have, in fact, made changes. Sure, Ted’s future will be different whether he has his keys or not… but for him, nothing changed up to the point when his time travel occurred. Going back to Bill falling out of the tree, did it happen because of a squirrel in the bushes? Because, in time travelling back, Bill’s future self could scare off the squirrel, but by him now being in the bushes instead, the fall still occurs. Until Bill decides to take the trip or not, we don’t know the precise cause for the inevitable effect.

That’s the fixed timeline. We retain a measure of free will in our actions, and yet the events of the past are never in doubt. Even though the probability that you will shoot your ancestors is 0% (see Grandmother Paradox below), there are still any manner of other things you can have done while in the past. Assuming you choose to go. It’s only when the outcome of our trip is uncertain that we must look at:

The Dynamic Timeline

The “dynamic timeline” model allows paradox. It does not require paradox, but by removing fated outcomes, paradox naturally follows. Lorraine goes back in time and kills her grandmother, Maggie. (Because aren’t you more likely to be sure of ancestry on your mother’s side?) But this means Lorraine is never born, so she can’t go back and kill her grandmother, so Maggie lives her life, Lorraine is born, and then she goes back in time and kills her grandmother…

There are, in fact, a few ways out of this dilemma. A common plot device is that there is some sort of “time delay”, allowing a person to realize they messed up, subsequently fix their mistake, and thereby restore stability to the timeline (with perhaps minor changes). “Back to the Future” is notorious for this. Alternatively, a person may return to a changed present (perhaps from mental time travel), and that’s their motivation for going back to restore the original version. It’s as if some incarnation of time is giving the time traveller a choice (free will) – do I really want to screw up the universe that way?

Because there is another way out of the paradox, if the time traveler does not act. Consider: Lorraine goes back in time and kills her grandmother, Maggie. But that means Lorraine is never born, so one day Biff starts hearing voices and is compelled to kill this woman named Maggie (before Lorraine can), and so he does that, the end. Paradox resolved. The only casualty is Biff’s free will; he was forced into temporal homicide by the actions of Lorraine, someone who (strangely enough) will never actually exist within the final dynamic timeline. Could all of our strange compulsions be a result of time travellers?

This gets messier if Lorraine interacts with her past self instead of Maggie. Presumably, one of the Lorraines then negates her own existence and fades away, or is instead revealed to be a hologram, robot double and/or product of dementia. Even so, I suspect it is still possible to break out of any infinite loop that might develop – at the expense of someone’s free will. The only alternative (that I know of) for breaking out of paradoxes with free will intact is:

Multiple Timelines

The “multiverse” model allows alternate timelines. Leonard burns dinner, thus goes back in time half an hour to take it out of the oven, thus has no reason to go back in time, so wait, who took that dinner out of the oven? A fixed timeline says the dinner was never burned, Leonard always went back to get it (closing the loop). A dynamic timeline says the dinner was burned, but past Leonard will fade from existence at the change (nullifying the paradox). Multiple timelines say there now exists a timeline where dinner was burned, and one where dinner was not.

We have regained total control over our fate, possibly at the expense of our sanity – because the timeline with the burned dinner now no longer has a Leonard in it, while the one with the unburned dinner contains two. And what if both those Leonards now travel back in time?! (It seems to me that, at the very least, there must be some exchanging of mass at temporal displacement in such cases, with Leonard-sized chunks of matter appearing in the burned dinner timeline when he leaves, to compensate for the imbalance…)

As with dynamic timelines, there are narrative ways to reduce the cataclysmic effects of new timelines branching out. Small jumps may be impossible (less than a million years), meaning there is time to smooth out the effects, while making the whole exercise impractical. Or history might be hard to reroute (temporal inertia), implying that similar timelines phase back together. Which is bringing fate back into the equation.

In any event, it does seem like the model with the least stability is equally the one with the most free will. Which I suppose makes sense. But is that a reality we can accept?

Recursive Timelines

It’s worth mentioning another model, that of time loops. Not the paradoxical moebius-strip loops of the dynamic timeline, but an untwisted version, where over and over, events repeat themselves, with most of the universe being none the wiser. These turn up a lot in episodic television shows – so much so that I once created a webpage to list them.

The idea that such a repetition can happen is interesting because, while it is often situational (meaning rarely intentional) and seemingly fatalistic (with actions constantly repeating no matter what), one can usually break out of the loop by behaving differently. By exercising free will. Which begs this final question – is it free will if one MUST behave differently? It’s things like this that make me think a physicist must consult with a psychologist, to properly understand the repercussions of time travel.

Hopefully you enjoyed my look at these temporal theories. If so, you might also enjoy my serial, “Time & Tied“, where characters occasionally argue these points back and forth. (But not that often, because the majority of the cast are teenagers, who know little about the future war which is subtly intruding on their present day.) But whether you investigate my fiction blog in our particular timeline or not, I do thank you for at least reading this post, and Paul Wandason for giving me the opportunity to write it.

Gregory B Taylor

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Time Travel Tropes

Ever wondered how a time travel author writes a trope satisfying novel and deals with those pesky time travel paradoxes? Author Roy Huff explains!

I hope it’s clear that time2timetravel is all about time and time travel, but what’s not so clear is whether time travel is possible. There’s a lot of research into it, and an immense amount of discussion, but one thing is for sure: time travel is real enough in the sense that it exists in the imagination – and therefore work – of many authors who use time travel in one form or another across many disciplines.

Whether someone travels across time to find the love of their life, or they find themselves in another era with another culture or viewpoint, or that we enter into the realm of the nuts and bolts of just how characters can time travel anyway, authors have found a multitude of ways and settings to bring time travel to us and bring it, in a sense, closer to reality.

And this is why I’m always very happy to read time travel novels, and especially to be in contact with authors who charge themselves with this delivery of time travel technology. In the few author interviews I’ve done here and on Time Travel Nexus I’ve been been very lucky to have had behind the scenes glimpses of what it’s like to craft a time travel novel.

Author Roy Huff
Author Roy Huff

Personally, one feature which sets time travel apart from many other interesting areas in science fiction are the time travel paradoxes, and indeed, these can pose many problems for time travel authors.

So I’m really excited to present this article by author Roy Huff (pictured left) who shares his views on just how to deal with those pesky time travel paradoxes when using time travel in a fiction novel.

Time Travel Tropes

(by Roy Huff)

How to handle the paradox? A great question. A trope satisfying yet unique perspective on time travel doesn’t have to vex science fiction writers (or readers). I love all aspects of time travel, and I do enjoy a good paradox now and again, but I’ve come up with a way to work completely around it.

How to handle the paradox?

Most people might think time travel is impossible because of the paradox. And while I’ve seen certain books, like Split Second, allow for limited paradoxes, I don’t think they exist. I think it’s the trope itself that keeps authors including them in stories.

My two time travel projects are a book and a time travel blog. The book avoids the paradox by co-opting M-theory and the concept of the branching universe. I won’t go too in-depth with my plot other than to say it’s a unique perspective, which I haven’t seen done before. I combine several tropes I know readers are dying to read in a way that loosely follows science.

My Time Travel Diaries project is completely different. I write a daily journal from the perspective of Bobbie Raiser, a researcher from the near future who meets himself and has to journey back to the past.

It’s an interesting pantser style project that hasn’t been fully fleshed out, and I’m writing as I go. I’ll most likely introduce the possibility of a paradox but may co-opt the branching universe theory as well. I’ll have to see where the story takes me.

I don’t think it’s necessary to always explicitly state the mechanism for time travel or even address the idea of the paradox, but there are certain theories that could be conducive to one, such as retrocausality. While I’ll employ M-theory and exotic wormholes to allow for splitting timelines, fiction allows me to play God. And I have to admit, I have fun doing it.

As for the business of writing, I’ve struggled with transforming my method from marathon writer to daily writer. That’s born out of necessity as a teacher. It’s easy to pound out fourteen-hour forty-page days during my long vacations, but life gets in the way if you’re not inspired or have other pressing concerns. For that reason, I’ve added forty-minute writing sprints in the morning before work that let’s me put down around 1,000 words.

I am more of a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants) than a plotter, but I’m trying to be more deliberate in my plotting. The reason is I want to write faster. I currently pen around six pages an hour on average, but that’s when I have somewhere to go. I don’t need too much detail, but a basic outline is helpful. The other reason is that I want to give the reader what they want and work on character development.

I’ve recently taken up several personal habits to force myself to write daily and do other tasks earlier in the day. I’ve built a routine and anchored my habits around those routines so the writing, marketing, and other necessary tasks are completed instinctively.

I recommend Mini Habits by Stephen Guise and the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I’ve also given up radio during my commute in favor of podcasts (I love EOFire by John Lee Dumas) and audiobooks. I’ve developed a daily fiction reading habit, and I read articles and books on improving my writing every single day.

Next, I plan on increasing my involvement in science fiction and writer forums to interact more with readers and fellow lovers of science fiction and fantasy.

To aspiring writers, I recommend any of Chris Fox’s books like 5,000 Words Per Hour and Write to Market. I would also suggest reaching out to other authors in your niche with specific questions and advice on how to become a better writer, marketer, and for basic mentoring.

Thank you for having me, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on Time Travel Diaries. I’m most active on Twitter (@evervillefans) but you can also find me on Goodreads and Facebook. For those interested, I’m offering an exclusive gift, the first five journal entries to the Time Travel Diaries as well as a $250 Amazon Gift card promotion on my website.

Roy Huff, MS, MAEd

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Guest post: Deja Vu and the Parallel Universe

This is a guest post by Mihir Kansara which looks at the phenomenon of Deja Vu and puts forward his ideas which includes an interesting component in time travel and parallel universes!

We’ve already seen guest blogger Mihir Kansara when he wrote about God and Time about a year ago.

Mihir Kansara

Mihir writes for Theory of Space Time which covers many aspects of the nature of time. Here, Mihir looks at Deja Vu. Again? 😉

Science does not always require a proof, cause if it did, there would be no creator! Sometimes, the answers we try to find out by using technology and huge equations are in our own head. We just require to look inside us and most of the things will fall in place.

After discussing space time fabric, time travel, speed of light, big bang and the end of time itself, now let us light our torch on an event which we experience in day to day life!

Déjà vu

There can be philosophy without attraction, but no science is attractive without philosophy. The things I will explain down here might question many big theories. Many contradictions, but I consider all are true. Maybe not in our universe, but every theory has its own place to be true. We call that place – Parallel universe. A place where everything could be same, yet feel so different, or a place where everything would feel the same yet be so different.

Before discussing the center of topic, let us first completely understand why is this a topic falling under space-time theories.

What is a Déjà vu? Or even bigger – What creates it? Oh wait…who creates it?

What is Déjà vu?

“Already seen”

The phenomenon of having a strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past. It happens with probably every one of us. A Déjà vu is something you can’t resist not to see or feel. Many believe it is a disorder of brain while many believe it is a temporary recollection of memories lost in past. Nothing can be termed wrong. But just imagine, on a huge planet with millions of people living and millions of them gone long back since humans were born and all of them having same brain disorder or memory recollection? Nearly impossible.

People fear what they don’t understand, and maybe they never will, but that doesn’t make the truth their enemy!

What creates a Déjà vu?

So considering it is not a brain defect or memory loss case, what can possibly get into your head and make you feel your presence in the same situation where you have never ever even been before?

What could possibly force you to stop everything for a moment and ask you question “Wait, I have seen this before!!”

‘We’ create our own Déjà vu. Not the ‘we’ of our time, but the ‘we’ of our future.

A parallel universe

A universe so similar to our own, yet so minutely or gigantically different, creates one parallel universe. Even a slightest difference possible has its own universe. A universe where you are a billionaire. Or some other where you have everything you need, everything you can think of. Even a universe where you smiled reading the last 2 line just a mini-second before you actually smiled in this Universe. A universe where you didn’t smile at all – wait that was this Universe.

Anyway, so there could be infinite number of possibilities creating infinite number of universes. This parallel universe has no connection to any other parallel universe except a tiny but effective string – consciousness/soul.

There are parallel universes where everything there is exactly the same as it is here except a small change which makes it an all together new universe. Let us consider the change to be the master of all and ruled by none – Time.

Let the parallel universe the same as ours but of time in future. Smaller the difference between the 2 universes, less energy is required to connect to it.

What connects them is one single thing- call it energy, call it soul or call it consciousness or call it brain. So let us consider such a body in examination and connect Déjà vu with time-travel with conscious being our guide for the journey…

The process of Déjà vu.

Consider a person ‘A’ of age 20 in our present universe. The same person A is of 30 years in the parallel universe where everything related to person A is same except the 10 years time gap.

Both have same conscious inside them. The connection is quite weak but not null. ‘A’ of Parallel universe has lived 10 years more than ‘A’ of now. He has gathered more information while living the years of difference. Now, at the moment when both the minds are at rest or emitting a single frequency of mind state , the connection strengthens. This happens mostly while the body is in sleep. The situations and instances gets transferred from future A to past A with some utilization of energy. The minds are connected for a very small period of time.

Now for the A of our universe, the transferred memory is stored within but is difficult to recollect because nothing has happened so far. And mostly none of that will ever happen because infinite universes lets infinite transfer of such memories while the present can choose only one future to go into.

But whenever anything happens which the body had already seen which being connected then the mind recollects and it seems like it had already happened before. Well the part I like the most is…it never happened before with ‘you’ yet, it happened with ‘you’ of a parallel universe.

If everything you see while you sleep is future from a parallel universe, then what are dreams ? I would like to bifurcate dreams in 3 parts.

  1. Information from future which later causes Déjà vu.
  2. We already discussed this part of dreams.

  3. Memories from the past.
  4. Sometimes we see a memory from our past which we ourselves would had never recollected in our day to day work. This is the time when the mind of your parallel universe of past is connected to the mind of your present universe. It shows you the things that happened on the same day in their universe but to you it might be lost in your memories. Here you are helping your past create his/her next Déjà vu.

  5. Things you want to attract.
  6. This is a similar case to the first bifurcation. You see a parallel universe where you have the thing you wish for. Your mind tries to attract that Universe. But all that matters is how much energy it requires to be in that one. You might not necessarily end up being in that Universe.

Can this connection be minded consciously?

The answer to this question might change the way we see our world. Déjà vu isn’t as simple as it seems. Nor is it as difficult as it took here to explain.

Everything is relative. Maybe not here, but maybe in a parallel universe which is soon going to encounter your present!

Article by Mihir Kansara.

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Lessons in time travel anyone?

This video (transcript below) from guest author “Entangled in Time” explains the reasoning behind “The Quantum Time Travel Institute – the world’s first school of human powered time travel” – and a chance to sign up for lessons!

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Learn to Time Travel (video transcript)

Time travel is HERE! There is absolutely NOTHING in the laws of physics that impedes time travel in either direction and as a matter of fact, at this moment in human history there are no less than ten different time travel technologies, being developed by organizations and researchers in labs, including NASA’s “Alcubierre Drive”. This does not any individuals working out of their own home. Simultaneously, over the last 200 years or so personal human development has progressed to the point where psychic and psionic abilities such as telekinesis, pyrokinesis, aerokinesis and others; have gone from mere curiosities to being taught as formal systems of instruction. There are now several schools that teach them, and YouTube is filled with legitimate videos of people demonstrating these skills. We feel it’s time to “take it to the next level”.

Over the last few years, has developed what is known as the “quantum paradigm” and variations of the Many World’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, along with a “Global Awakening” of consciousness and a far greater awareness of what is known as the “Law of Attraction” or the concept that thoughts do indeed “become things”. Through the study of quantum theory, along with different models of what is known as “holographic universe theory” we are learning that “reality” is not all it’s “cracked up” to be, and that it is in FACT far easier to make seemingly impossible changes to one’s “reality”, by the power of one’s consciousness; than previously thought. All of these things taken in combination have allowed us to develop a methodology for teaching people the basics of time traveling without the use of machines!

We don’t want you to harbor any illusions that by taking one of our courses you will be able to time travel to a timeline where you are the pharoah of Egypt or travel to the future thousands of years, because this is only the dawn of the human time travel experience. On the other hand things like transforming a small object to your liking or warping time for a few minutes because you are late to an appointment are QUITE doable!

We believe the future shows great promise for humans to advance naturally, without the use of pills, injections, genetic engineering OR machines! Once humans get accustomed to time traveling on their own, we expect that humans will develop even MORE advanced abilities; including teleportation, quantum tunneling, transmutation and direct materialization. We envision a far future where we are able to time travel “great distances” – far greater than any machine technology could POSSIBLY take us! They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Come walk with us!

The author is the founder of the the Quantum Time Travel Institute, the world’s first school of human powered time travel.

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How Time Travel Works in Science Fiction

Infographic showing how time travel works in science fiction, with reference to movies and books. Superman may have got it wrong though…

This incredible infographic was produced by Karl Tate and first published on space.com. Full credit belongs there! (Embed code provided on-site).

Read, learn and enjoy!

How time travel works in science fiction:

Chart of various methods of time travel.

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I’m not sure if Superman went back in time because he flew faster than the speed of light; I understood that it was because by flying quickly around the world, he got the direction of the Earth’s rotation to reverse, and thereby time went backwards. (Admittedly, if time was going backwards, then it would also look like the Earth was spinning backwards). Indeed, he restores the normal flow of time by flying around the world again but in the normal direction. So it seems that it’s his flight direction and not flight speed which brings about time travel.

Also, doesn’t high velocity result in time dilation, effectively meaning that Superman has aged less than those on the Earth? That means that he’s effectively travelling into the future.

Anyway. Who am I to question the laws of physics when it comes to Superman!

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Guest post: God and Time

This is a post from guest blogger Mihir Kansara who examines here how the concept of time may explain whether God governs our universe. Are you prepared?

God and Time

Mihir Kansara

This is a post from guest blogger Mihir Kansara. Mihir writes for Theory of Space Time which covers many aspects of the nature of time. Here, Mihir examines how the concept of time may explain whether God governs our universe.

God and Time

Science is simply a word we use to organise our curiosity. This curiosity is necessary. Without the curiosity of why apple fell downwards we could have never discovered the reason for it. Ever thought why did the apple fall on the first place? Did God do that? The real question would be: Is God governing our universe? The answer to this is with the only unaltered phenomenon – Time.

Let me tell you whatever conclusion that comes out from this, my faith in God is not gonna change. So here it goes.

Everyone loves the fascination and try to find whether GOD exists or not? Let me tell you, He surely does. But does it mean He controls us? Not necessarily!!

The Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project was a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada. Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory that designed the actual bombs.

Robert Oppenheimer is called the father of that mighty and terrible progeny known as the nuclear bomb. When the first bomb successfully detonated and its mushroom cloud cast its shadow into history, it was not joy that filled the mind of Robert Oppenheimer. As he watched the room around him “some smiled, others cried, most remained pensive” his mind rested on a passage from the Gita. Even with something designed to bring about the end, there was a beginning.

He gave the entire credit to Bhagavad- Gita.

Our ancestors were certainly not mad. Probably much more advanced than us! For those who understand, dhrona means test tube! It was impossible to withstand the power of bhramastra. All this was real and is still.

Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad- Gita is considered by eastern and western scholars alike to be among the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way the Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God. In terms of pure, spiritual knowledge the Bhagavad- Gita is incomparable.

Examples show that modern physics allows for remarkable transformations of space and time. And apparently, similar ideas are found in Vedic literature.

We find an example in the story of a king named Kakudmi, who was able to travel to the world of Brahma and experience Brahma’s scale of time. Here is the story, as related in the Srimad-Bhagavatam:

Taking his own daughter, Revati, Kakudmi went to Lord Brahma in Brahmaloka, which is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, and inquired about a husband for her. When Kakudmi arrived there, Lord Brahma was engaged in hearing musical performances by the Gandharvas and had not a moment to talk with him. Therefore Kakudmi waited, and at the end of the musical performances he offered his obeisances to Lord Brahma and thus submitted his long-standing desire.

After hearing his words, Lord Brahma, who is most powerful, laughed loudly and said to Kakudmi, “O King, all those whom you may have decided within the core of your heart to accept as your son-in-law have passed away in the course of time. Twenty-seven catur-yugas have already passed. Those upon whom you may have decided are now gone, and so are their sons, grandsons, and other descendants. You cannot even hear about their names.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.3.28-32)

One catur-yuga lasts 4,320,000 years.

Another example from Gita is the story of the brahma-vimohana-lila, or the bewilderment of Brahma by Krishna. Several thousand years ago, Krishna descended to the earth as an avatara and was playing as a young cowherd boy, tending calves in the forest of Vrindavana (south of present-day New Delhi). To test Krishna’s potency, Brahma used mystic power to steal Krishna’s calves and cowherd friends and hide them in suspended animation in a secluded place. He then went away for a year of earthly time to see what would happen.

Krishna responded to Brahma’s trick by expanding Himself into identical copies of the calves and boys. So, when Brahma returned, he saw Krishna playing with the boys and calves just as before. Brahma became bewildered. Checking the boys and calves he had hidden, he found they were indistinguishable from the ones playing with Krishna, and he couldn’t understand how this was possible. Finally Krishna revealed to Brahma that these latter boys and calves were identical with Himself, and He allowed Brahma to have a direct vision of the spiritual world.

Now, it turns out that even though Brahma was absent for one earth year, on his time scale only a moment had passed. The Sanskrit word used here for a moment of time is truti (Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.13.40). There are various definitions of a truti, but the Vedic astronomy text called the Surya-siddhanta defines a truti to be one of a second. If we accept this figure, then one year on earth corresponds to 13,750 of a second in the time of Brahma.

These examples are out of many which state similar results. They say the answer to all the questions are in the Gita.

Let’s take this concept to our main concern – TIME.

Relation with time

So according to this, one year on earth corresponds to 13,750 of a second in the time of Brahma. Why does this happen?

Because he surely doesn’t live in our surrounding space. There is a huge difference in time flow where God lives and where we live. Time flows at different speed in different parts of universe depending on the mass of the surrounding space. The speed with which time is flowing in God’s part of universe is much slower than ours.

Before we understand that why God doesn’t / cannot control us, let us figure out why is God immortal?

God – Relatively immortal

It is now understood that time flows differently in different parts of universe. According to the theory above, our generations might come and go but only a day or so might have passed for God.

Considering the average life span of a human or human type entity to be 80 years, knowing the time difference and its flow in the space, we can understand that the time taken for God to turn 1 year old will be equivalent for our great great great great, probably one more great grand child to even born. If you are reading this and understanding it might not be tough for you to understand about his 80 years then. So frankly speaking he is not immortal. He is living his life in another part of the universe. He will still be alive after probably 100000 years on earth. Well that doesn’t make him immortal. We can say that he is relatively immortal with respect to us.

Does He control us?

Well probably now everything is explained and it is easy to judge that he cannot control us. He doesn’t have time to control us. If our years take only a part of second for him, he certainly cannot tick our wishlist. There is no processing time left where he can work on our prayers. Well that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t exists. We just proved that he is immortal.

There are like a billion questions unanswered like how did God who once lived on earth (as the stories say) and then travelled to a part of universe with such a time flow difference. Well, we will surely together find these answers.

Probably that will be the day when we could finally encounter him. But folks meeting him by going to his place is like forgetting our earth’s time for centuries. Are you prepared?

Article by Mihir Kansara.
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Time Travel: People Finally "Catch Up" With Machines

Time travel is not just about theory and science fiction stories anymore. It has been “out there” for at least 60 years and there are several “smoking guns”, indicative of people actually time traveling!

If there are people time traveling out there via machine, does that mean that people might also be able to time travel “on foot”? Every once in a while the thought crosses someone’s mind about being able to time travel through thought or intention. People already time travel in the astral or dream state, but what about physical time travel in the waking state? Enter “quantum jumping”.

Time Travel: People Finally “Catch Up” With Machines

Time travel is not just about theory and science fiction stories anymore. It has been “out there” for at least 60 years and there are several “smoking guns”, indicative of people actually time traveling! The evidence can be seen in such things as the modern aircraft on temple carvings at Abydos and Karnak in Egypt and even includes one that looks like a Blackhawk helicopter (slightly modded, probably because of Heisenberg); as well as other “out of place” objects. There is also evidence that has come out of Courtney Brown’s Farsight Institute, not to mention the whistleblower testimony of people like Andy Basagio and others.

So what about people? If there are people time traveling out there via machine, does that mean that people might also be able to time travel “on foot”? Every once in a while the thought crosses someone’s mind about being able to time travel through thought or intention. People already time travel in the astral or dream state, but what about physical time travel in the waking state? Enter “quantum jumping”.

So what is “quantum jumping” and what does it have to do with time travel?

Quantum jumping

Quantum jumping is sometimes also referred to as quantum time travel, reality shifting, altering reality, or even “jumping the time lines”. Contrary to any “New Age woo woo” you might have heard, quantum jumping is a real phenomena that people experience that may involve things like objects mysteriously appearing and disappearing, changing forms or places; and sometimes accompanied by temporal distortions such as retrocausality (events out of sequence), time appearing to pass more quickly or slowly, and even downright “jumps” in time, usually in the order of a few minutes. Sometimes the temporal distortions occur by themselves, indicating that this is most likely a “temporal phenomenon”.

These phenomena have been experienced literally by hundreds of people, who have gone public – calling into radio shows, providing material for books, blogging, and sometimes even posting videos to YouTube. If you’ve ever had one of these experiences, pat yourself on the back. You’ve been time traveling!

So what do I think might be going on here? 100 or more years ago, people began to experience phenomena like telekinesis, electrokinesis, pyrokinesis and others. At the time, they were all baffled and it was a mystery. Today, people are developing these skills via specific methods and posting legitimate videos on YouTube demonstrating their accomplishments! I believe quantum jumping is now, where these other abilities were 100 years ago, and that we are in the beginning stages of being able to time travel through intention. All we have to do is learn how to do it. Humans are developing much more rapidly now, than they were before; so I suspect it will be a lot less than 100 years before people really master these time traveling skills to the level that psionic abilities like telekinesis etc…are now.

I state on my website that there are currently at least 10 different “machine type” time travel technologies being developed out there by researchers in labs and others. Some of those people may be “strolling by this website” and reading this blog post as they develop one or more of those machine technologies. If you happen to be one of those people, I only have one thing to say: Watch out for pedestrians!

quantum jumping

The author is the founder of the the Quantum Time Travel Institute, the world’s first school of human powered time travel.

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