Thursday, November 20, 2014

fragments from a future time

About that title - While digging deeper into the meaning of time, I have found it described as a series of spacetime snapshots that run together like a movie. Instead of snapshots, lets use the word fragments since it’s time for the Friday Fragment post.

In this Friday’s edition, I’m discussing paradoxes. To understand paradoxes you need to think logically. We certainly don’t always react logically to situations. We often let emotions drive our thinking which is probably a great thing. If we didn’t use our emotions, we wouldn’t enjoy a laugh from a joke. Many jokes don’t have much logic.

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Here’s a quick fun logical paradox. The Liar Paradox - "this sentence is false". If "this sentence is false" is true, then the sentence is false, but then if "this sentence is false" is false, then the sentence is true, and so on. Ok snap out of it, you can get stuck in paradox.

The reasoning behind my seasoning of this post with paradoxes is my recent watching of the movie, “Interstellar”. I highly recommend the movie for everyone who enjoys thinking.

Are you familiar with the time paradox? You know the one that explains why going back in time is a big problem. For example, lets say I went back to the late 1920’s and was able to kill Hitler. There’s a sequence of events related to World War 2 and my parents that might not of happened if WWII didn't occur.  I might not exist. However, traveling forward in time doesn’t have that problem.  There would still be problems such as forgetting to cancel your cable before you left. (years later the cable guy probably still would have never shown up at your house though.  We lack a theory explaining cable installer time.

I suggest a little refresh, visit wikipedia or youtube, for time travel info and perhaps a bit of Relativity Theory before seeing the movie. It’s like watching a war movie without knowing who the two sides were. A little background helps you enjoy the movie.

The plot doesn't actually focus on this time paradox but Relativity Theory's time dilation due to speed and gravity creates a time travel situation. If this movie inspires people to use their free time for staying curious and exploring then it has been very successful. The movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" sparked my interest in science and then engineering.

Don't confuse paradoxes with mysteries.  While they both make you wonder, a mystery typically lacks any logical basis. For example, there is no logically reason the sharing of a women's oily skin condition on the internet would get so much recent attention. It's a mystery to me. I also don't how such a huge butt could fit into a twitter feed. Maybe, she is forming a cover tribute band, "Booty and the Ho-fish". Nah, she doesn't have that much talent.

I'll end now, with this personal paradox (or mystery?); why does this Gif of bad mom make me laugh?

Now this was one of my longer FF posts but that's the great thing of the FF post - very few rules. Well, my train of thought has left the station.  If you would like another FF ride check Mrs. 4444's blog she has station full of them.

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