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ಠ_ಠ
04-30-2009, 07:09 PM
I would go to the future and ask myself what I did with my time machine

brewbuck
04-30-2009, 07:44 PM
I would go to the future and ask myself what I did with my time machine

I'm going to the future right now. At a fairly constant rate of one second per second.

I'd definitely go to the past, not the future.

cyberfish
04-30-2009, 08:18 PM
I would go get the winning lottery number.

cpjust
04-30-2009, 08:19 PM
I'd go to the future and get the winning lottery numbers, then come back and keep winning the lottery until I'm richer than Bill Gates. ;)

Sebastiani
04-30-2009, 08:24 PM
Maybe you could borrow Sang-drax's.



Last edited by Sang-drax : Tomorrow at 02:21 AM. Reason: Time travelling


:D

zacs7
04-30-2009, 10:16 PM
Probably start my education again.

It'd be pretty fun getting 100% in almost everything without study :)

whiteflags
05-01-2009, 12:55 AM
Sell it.

BuzzBuzz
05-01-2009, 02:41 AM
I'd go back in time, find ಠ_ಠ's grandfather and kill him, then come back to see if this thread had ceased to exist. That would, once and for all, settle the question of the Grandfather Paradox.

laserlight
05-01-2009, 03:08 AM
What happens if ಠ_ಠ goes back in time simultaneously and kills your grandfather before you can kill ಠ_ಠ's grandfather?

MK27
05-01-2009, 05:39 AM
I thought I already explained this to you people: time is a machine, invented in the future by the super computer descendants of humanity, who must create the universe from the beginning if they and us are to exist now.

So everyone work extra hard today and help code the way forward.

cpjust
05-01-2009, 06:35 AM
What happens if ಠ_ಠ goes back in time simultaneously and kills your grandfather before you can kill ಠ_ಠ's grandfather?

That would lead to a race condition.

stevesmithx
05-01-2009, 07:32 AM
I thought I already explained this to you people: time is a machine, invented in the future by the super computer descendants of humanity, who must create the universe from the beginning if they and us are to exist now.

So everyone work extra hard today and help code the way forward.

No problemo. Then this thread title would simply read as,


What would you do if you had a machine^2 ?




Maybe you could borrow Sang-drax's.

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Last edited by Sang-drax : Tomorrow at 02:21 AM. Reason: Time travelling


Any idea how he does that?
Oh well.Never mind. Just realized it is a sig. :)

anon
05-01-2009, 07:36 AM
That would lead to a race condition.


So, lock him up while he doesn't have a time machine yet?

whiteflags
05-01-2009, 01:42 PM
I'd go back in time, find ಠ_ಠ's grandfather and kill him, then come back to see if this thread had ceased to exist. That would, once and for all, settle the question of the Grandfather Paradox.

Must we remove two whole generations to settle the paradox?

twomers
05-01-2009, 01:47 PM
I can only imagine that I will (have?), in the future, find a time machine go back in time and incrementally leave useful pieces of information for me. Today I found a piece of paper that said "Go for a coffee at 4". Sounds like good advice to me.

BuzzBuzz
05-01-2009, 02:52 PM
What happens if ಠ_ಠ goes back in time simultaneously and kills your grandfather before you can kill ಠ_ಠ's grandfather?

Well, they can't be killed simultaneously if one is killed before the other - but if that were to happen: We would both be outside of normal time which would create some interesting problems. Both our grandfathers would be dead but as we are in existence it would mean that we would return to real time to find that although we exist, nothing we ever knew does (a bit like in "It's a Wonderful Life). However, I think it would be incredibly selfish of ಠ_ಠ to kill my grandfather when I am simply trying to resolve a paradox, especially as it was his idea to get the time machine in the first place


Must we remove two whole generations to settle the paradox?

Yes. That's why it's called the Grandfather Paradox. We could experiment with the Great Uncle Twice Removed Paradox, but it is less well documented and the ramifications are unclear.

whiteflags
05-01-2009, 03:07 PM
But you could just as easily kill one of your parents, or prevent them from meeting each other (Back to the Future). I think it's grandfather in nomenclature only.

ಠ_ಠ
05-01-2009, 04:01 PM
what happens if you go back in time and kill the person who invented the time machine?

BuzzBuzz
05-02-2009, 11:07 AM
I'm in favour of the multidimensional concept (can't remember the real name right now) where basically every eventuality has its own existence. So if I were to kill ಠ_ಠ's grandparents (in self defence of course) this thread would continue as it is, but in an alternate reality ಠ_ಠ doesn't even exist and I have a time machine and the winning lottery numbers.

The same would happen if ಠ_ಠ went back in time and killed the inventor of the time machine, except we'd all be none the wiser except ಠ_ಠ would have the winning lottery numbers.

laserlight
05-02-2009, 11:18 AM
I'm in favour of the multidimensional concept (can't remember the real name right now) where basically every eventuality has its own existence.
I think that the general concept can be summarised as "multiverse".

laserlight
05-03-2009, 09:05 AM
*sigh*

This thread is going back in time.

EDIT:
Portions of this thread has been erased by the time machine. A repeat will cause you to be one step closer to being erased yourself.

abachler
05-03-2009, 09:16 AM
EDIT:
Portions of this thread has been erased by the time machine. A repeat will cause you to be one step closer to being erased yourself.

OK, lets go a different direction :)

I'd go back and impregnate Mitochondrial Eve (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrial_Eve).

Sebastiani
05-03-2009, 09:36 AM
>> I'd go back and impregnate Mitochondrial Eve.

You do realize that she might be an ape? :D

abachler
05-03-2009, 09:44 AM
>> I'd go back and impregnate Mitochondrial Eve.

You do realize that she might be an ape? :D

Negative. She was definately homo sapiens, although she might be apish in appearance, I have a thing for women with a unibrow and pronounced brow ridges. In fact I might revisit my decendants every 3 generations or so just to give them a technological advantage over the rest of humanity, ensuring that homo sapiens abachlerus eventually dominates the galaxy.

Either that or I'd start my own race of insane midget assassins, guess which DNA I'd contribute :)

lruc
05-05-2009, 03:07 PM
I would go into the future to find nice midgets being eaten by mean midgets.

cpjust
05-05-2009, 03:29 PM
Interesting how Jesus bashing gets deleted pretty quickly, but "Midget" (a.k.a. Dwarf or Little People) bashing just goes on and on...

abachler
05-05-2009, 04:23 PM
Interesting how Jesus bashing gets deleted pretty quickly, but "Midget" (a.k.a. Dwarf or Little People) bashing just goes on and on...I think it had to do with the atheist winning the argument, but lets not repeat the conversation lest someone pull out the hat of banning as threatened.

BuzzBuzz
05-06-2009, 04:30 AM
Interesting how Jesus bashing gets deleted pretty quickly, but "Midget" (a.k.a. Dwarf or Little People) bashing just goes on and on...

It's probably because there is more belief in Jesus than there is in midgets.

And because someone with no direct connection to the subject has felt offended enough on their behalf to post their indignation.

laserlight
05-06-2009, 04:32 AM
Interesting how Jesus bashing gets deleted pretty quickly, but "Midget" (a.k.a. Dwarf or Little People) bashing just goes on and on...
Right.


I think it had to do with the atheist winning the argument
No, it has to do with the fact that there was an ugly argument rather than anything resembling proper debate. You are free to interpret the results of the argument as you wish, but frankly I felt that it was going nowhere other than the rubbish dump.


It's probably because there is more belief in Jesus than there is in midgets.

And because someone with no direct connection to the subject has felt offended enough on their behalf to post their indignation.
Yes, plus it also seems that the term "midget" can refer to short people.

*thread closed*