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Nostradamus - Time Travel and Prophecies
The idea of catching up might cause paradoxes

OK, so what's the speed of dark?

--Steven Wright

Changing the past and catching up.

Lets accept for a moment that sending messages to the past results in a prophecy that changes the course of history. These changes should then merge with history and ripple all the way forward in time to the present time of the scientists and beyond.

How fast does this wave of correction move?

Well it depends. For the scientists it might be either immediate or the wave might never reach them at all. From the point of view of the people that receive a prophecy their perception of time does not change. For them time is linear. The consequences of the prophecy will merge naturally with their unfolding history.

What would happen if future scientists change something in our past? Then according to the catching up theory the changes should chain-react through history and travel through our present time to eventually reach the scientists present. That means that our present time should have been corrected while we have been in it! That did not seem to have happen. But would we have noticed it, anyway? It seems impossible to prove that something like that ever happened.

Since we can argue that our past might have been influenced by prophecies that we received from the future, the future might already exist. In that case the changes caused might indeed ripple forward through time until it reaches the present time of the scientists. We might not notice this because we could be riding this correcting ripple. In a sense we might be part of this 'lighting fast' effect that is correcting the history of the future scientist.

In that case how fast are we 'rippling through time'? For us time is moving with the same speed as always. Maybe the future scientists are patiently waiting for thousands of years until we arrive (with a bang). Or if they 'move' as well, we might never catch them...

Any theory on this subject sounds strange and is equally challenging. There might be never a conclusive answer on whether and how it really works.

Nostradamus the prophet, Time Travel and prophecy

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Nostradamus the prophet, Time Travel and prophecy