How To Build A Time Machine

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According to Stephen Hawking, building a time machine isn't hard: "All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast." Just grab one of those and hop right through the fourth dimension.


In an article for the Daily Mail, Hawking discusses time travel and theoretical possibilities. It's a long read that'll make your head spin, but it's certain to leave you awed and perhaps a bit hopeful. [Daily Mail via MSNBC]



All right, everyone just has to step back and take a breather. Think for a second, starting from the beginning, not from what Einstein or Stephen Hawking says.

To know if you can travel through time, first you have to know what it is. It is: a metric used to measure change in existents. This means that time is only a concept, it does not metaphysically exist. It is an existent viewed from a certain perspective. So, time must move the same for all things. The pace of change of one thing does not affect the pace of change for another.

You have to stop thinking of it as some independent force that acts on things. It is not independent of things, it is things, viewed a certain way. Therefore, no thing can move "faster" through time. It could "change faster," but that change would have no effect on the changing of other things, and so its place in time relative to them cannot change. Literal time travel would involve a force that could physically reposition all matter in the universe to where it was previously.

The problem here is that everyone is thinking about time first. Stop. "Time" does not exist outside of existents. Concrete existence comes first, then everything else.