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Feb. 8th, 2006 @ 06:41 am Time Travel Explained!
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Event One
Chapter One: Liberation

The scientist pulled out a blackboard, slowly whilst the wheels of the blackboard squeeked with age. The blackboard had been stored in a closet for quite, and was covered in dust. He set it down in the middle of his lab.

“You see Apollo, at some point in time, this blackboard was written upon. I do not know by whom, however, I know this blackboard was written on before I was born. Supposedly this blackboard has been in this lab for over 50-something years, just sitting here and gaining dust. I had no idea what was written on it or what any of it meant when I first got it, but once I started my research I now understand it.”

The dog stared at him blankly, sneezing due to the dust floating openly in the air.

“Yeah, you would say that, Apollo.” The scientist turned to the board, reading the notes out loud.

“There are 7, maybe 8, dimensions. I have confirmed every dimension: null, zero, and 1 through 5; I do not have enough data to confirm any dimension higher than 5, though the existence of a dimension such as 6 or 7 may be possible. But at the moment, that is irrelevant. The null dimension is the core of all other dimensions to build off of and to engulf. Sort of like an apple core. However, the null dimension itself does NOT contain anything; this has been confirmed. In fact, things sent into the null dimension seemingly disappear forever. But the null dimension is important, since it seems that every dimension builds on top of each other, and the null is the foundation. The next is the zero dimension, a single point. This is where we begin to dive into things we have proven in mathematics. The zero dimension corresponds to the mathematical zero dimension, a single point. The first corresponds to a single line. The second, a single, flat, x-y coordinate plane. A square. The third, our world of course, the second dimension plus the z coordinate. A cube. The fourth, I presume to be time, a la what Einstein theorized. The fourth could be thought of as a hypercube. The fifth. Well, my hypothesis is that while the fourth contains the past and present; the fifth dimension contains futures. Note the plural. My current data seems to confirm this.”

The doctor looked down, reading the next paragraph.

“Timeline: Time can be thought of as a line, a basic one-dimensional line. Similar to how every three-dimensional space engulfs every two-dimensional surface, every fourth-dimensional space engulfs every three-dimensional surface. Time and space _are_ in fact, intertwined; it seems that time contains space. I digress; this line is known as the “Main” timeline. The present is at the front of this line, rather; the speed of light is at this time. Our perceived present is a few ticks behind the speed of light. This is, however, only a generalization: one can change the length of time in system, a la the Twin Paradox and thus two different people may undergo a different 'present' for a period of time. This is not to say, however, that one may not travel into the future. Whereas the fourth dimension contained the timeline, the fifth contains the futures of this timeline. One may travel into the future, but one will be traveling into a possible future as opposed to a casual future. A possible future is one that may occur given a person's choices or things occurring in the present; the casual future is the one that becomes the present. The events of the present determine the probability of which possible future becomes the casual future; futures that include illogical things have a probability of 0. Casual futures are futures that have a probability of 1 (or higher). However, unless one manually changes the probability of a future, any future is simply only probable. One may travel to a future that has a high probability of being the casual future and change things there so they become the present; doing so is extremely risky. Time flows in the fashion of a line, and every possible future that is NOT the casual future is melted down, in a way. Each future contains energy in the fifth dimension; when this energy is not used, it returns to it's own source. If one is in a probable future while the casual future is determined, one will be turned into this energy and destroyed. I am not sure when futures are determined; if they hinge on our every choice and event in the natural universe, there are infinite numbers of futures at any given time. However, my data slightly suggests that casual futures are chosen far less than this; it seems as though there are only casual futures chosen less often. Even in an interval as small as four hours. This would mean that the future only deals in substantial events; moving a pebble is not considered when a future is chosen. In fact, moving a pebble requires no intervention from the 5th dimension, it is simply done and written into the timeline. In the event that this pebble is not part of the most probable casual future, the casual future would simply adapt to fit this small change in the present. Killing a person, however; this would highly change the probabilities of casual futures. Given my findings, it also seems that one may be able to force futures to occur, at the risk of destabilizing the timeline. For example, one may somehow artifically force a future to occur where all orange trees in the world are suddenly destroyed at once, however this is extremely unlikely so there would need to be a lot of energy expended in appending this new future to the present. This would destabilize the timeline. What destablizing the timeline would entail, I am not sure. I imagine that time itself would use 5th dimensional energies to attempt to rewrite itself, though what havoc this would bring to the timeline, I do not know. However, if two people were in the main timeline, one forcing a future to occur and one in the new future and changing things in this future; one may be able to sculpt time to their will. At the moment, I see no way for anyone to move Ana and Kata or hyper-Ana or hyper-Kata, that is, forewords and backwards through time and through futures. In fact, while I do believe most of what I have written to be true, know of no one that has the ability to enact this innately or any way to engineer a device to cause this to happen."

“The reverse of Ana-timetravel, Kata-timetravel, is far less complicated. Since one is dealing with the past; the cold, hard, written past in Kata-timetravel, things become simpler. Although, I must say, how this ends up working is beyond me; it doesn’t seem very intuitive. If one were to travel Kata-wise, that is, to the past; they would be dealing in events that already happened. They would not be able to change anything or interact with anyone or anything, since the state of the past is already known. Traveling to the past would render one as a ghost while they were in the past; they would simply pass through any material object. However, they still could interact with other Kata-timetravelers. Hypothetically, it may also be possible for one to interact with certain energies while dealing in history, especially pockets off 5th dimesnional energy left over from when the futures for that particular timeline were chosen. However, this energy would not react with anyone but Kata-timetravellers; again, history is written in stone. There does seem to be one or two exceptions to this rule, recent history is not always written in stone. It appears that one may be able to interact with certain material things if and only if the casual future has not been chosen yet. Doing so would probably destablize the timeline to a certain extent. While the casual future has not been chosen, one may travel back the time until the last casual future was chosen and would still interact with objects in this time. One may, for example, go back in time and steal a painting or something. When one returns to the present, however, there would be TWO paintings; it appears that as time tries to mend itself, it will use energy to replace whatever object was taken; especially if this object is significant to something in the past that has been written.”

“I can attempt to sum it down to this: Time is like a book you write. You are always at one particular page, writing at a specific and unvariable speed. The past is what you have written, towards the beginning of the book, you can only read what you have written; but, the past couple of pages you have written, you may rewrite, though the current story will remain the same. Moving back through the book is called Kata; much like moving up, down, east, west, north, or south. Kata is just another direction. The futures are like ideas, you may write about a hypothetical future, but it will not be used if it does not fit the current story. In fact, only the idea that makes the most sense given the current story will be used. Moving foreword through the pages is called Ana. You are the writer, you write by every decision you make. Unfortuantly, there is no one I know nor no way I can think of to turn the pages.”

The doctor wrote that paragraph down on some piece of unused paper, thinking, “That made more sense than anything else this guy or gal ever wrote...”

"It is likely that there is at least one more dimension beyond the fifth; the sixth obviously. I would suggest that this dimension contains every timeline that exists, but I have no proof of that at the moment. To be honest, that is why I wrote this. I want to pass on my work in case I have succeeded in my belief that I or someone I know somehow has the ability to move through dimensions. If you're reading this and I haven't erased it, then I think you know what the answer is."

I tried to have that make as much sense as possible, lol. Sort of hard to explain in the first place. If you saw this the first time around yesterday, I apologize for deleting it; I realized I had left a few things out. ^^;
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Date:February 8th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Read much Rudy Rucker? I thought I was the only one who knew what Ana and Kata were (I even have a character named for them)... ;)

Date:February 8th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I stole the terms from Wikipedia. ^^;