- Aug 7, 2014
What if, instead of the hefty requirement of a virtually infinite number of parallel universes, there is in fact only one single experiential universe, and when one commits the worst of time travel paradoxes, the quintessential grandfather paradox, the result is not a paradox, but instead the TT returns to his present time to be a man out of time. Meaning, nobody knows who the hell he is or why he has infiltrated the facility and is using the time machine. Let's review here, several on this forum have reported instances in their life when they either remember something happening that the rest of the world remembers distinctly differently, or they do not remember something that everyone else distinctly remembers have "always been that way". Examples are the dead celebrity and the overnight complete building, respectively. So there is empirical, er, uh, ... I mean to say anecdotal evidence at least that some people do seem to have some special ability to perceive what I prefer to call, "the original relevant timeline". Wouldn't the time traveler who killed off his grandfather be the supreme case of this phenomena, in that he remembers an entire life of his own that nobody else remembers. This would be the real peril in killing your ancestors, as none of your loved ones (let's hope the TT has some anyway) , ... would LOVE you. None of your family would know who you are. Your boss, the guy that runs the TT program, wouldn't know or believe you, unless you were really close to him and could tell him his deepest darkest secrets. I just can't wrap my head around how if you have the ability to move at will through time, how killing your grandfather would equate to your elimination, if you're the guy (or gal) with the Time machine, and you're alive and well. I find it easier to believe that you'd just return to a world where you never existed as far as anybody else was concerned, but you'd have a lifetime of memories locked in your head. Many scientist have preferred the multiverse explanation as the way to fit logic into the apparently illogical situation, but some who have posted here seem to suggest that other solutions to this paradox may exist.