No Evidence of Time Travel, Still Possible? Maybe

It occurred to me yesterday that I obviously will never acquire the ability to time travel (at least into the past) since I have no evidence of it. After all, if I ever do acquire the ability, then it does not matter at what point I do so (age 30, 60, 100, etc.) since whenever it does happen, I can always go back to any point in the past. The reasoning is that if I do acquire the ability to go back (presumably to help myself make my—uh, our—life better, fix a mistake, etc.), then I would have done so and would know it. It does not matter if it happens tomorrow or 50 years from now; either way if I go back to my past then it has the same effect. Yet, I have never been visited by myself and so I clearly do not ever acquire the ability in my lifetime.

However, that reasoning falls apart because there is no guarantee that if I did acquire the ability, that I would come back to this point or any previous point in my life. It is entirely possible that for example, in 10 years I get the ability and then I come back in time tomorrow morning. Just because I have up until now, never been visited by my future self, does not mean that I do not ever acquire the ability, since I did not need to come back this far. Tomorrow morning however is a different story, something may happen tomorrow morning which requires my intervention and so I will be visited by myself and thus know for sure that I do eventually come across the time-travel technology.

The point is that while there is no current evidence to support the idea that I will ever be able to travel back in time, it does not rule out the possibility since I may just not need to come back this far. This is truly the definition of “you never know what the future holds”, since for all I know, tomorrow I may be visited by myself from the future. It’s impossible to completely rule that out without entirely disproving the possibility of time travel altogether.

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  1. I think it’s safe to assume now that I never acquire the ability to time-travel. This post was made in 2006; a year later, one of my cats got diabetes, a year after that, the other one got lung cancer and died, then in 2016, the first cat died, and a year after that, my mother died. If I ever manage to get the ability to time-travel, I’d save them. Since they are still dead, I can definitively say that I don’t (at least not freely).

    Having lost my loved ones, life has lost its luster and I am no longer afraid to die, so I can’t imagine coming back in time to save myself but not them. (Also, what could possibly happen to me that would warrant time-traveling, short of dying, which would make it impossible to time-travel in the first place.)

    I still can’t completely rule it out because for all I know, I might end up falling in love or even have children, but even then, I still can’t fathom traveling back to save them but not my mother or cats. Time-travel is extremely powerful, so if I ever did gain the ability, I would figure out a way to ensure that I can have them all in my life. Therefore it’s essentially guaranteed that I don’t.

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