The Time Traveler Convention or: Never Mind?

I found out about this interesting endeavor today and couldn’t put thoughts of it aside. “What is it?” What it is is a convention for time travelers to meet up, as many times as they like, for a one time only event.

Technically, you would only need one time traveler convention. Time travelers from all eras could meet at a specific place at a specific time, and they could make as many repeat visits as they wanted. We are hosting the first and only Time Traveler Convention at MIT in one week, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Now, it can be argued that they have already met at MIT for this convention, depending on your perspective,  but unless the event is advertised heavily, in a few years no one will remember it even happened and no one from the future will have attended for lack of an invitation.

We need you to help PUBLICIZE the event so that future time travelers will know about the convention and attend. This web page is insufficient; in less than a year it will be taken down when I graduate, and furthermore, the World Wide Web is unlikely to remain in its present form permanently. We need volunteers to publish the details of the convention in enduring forms, so that the time travelers of future millennia will be aware of the convention. This convention can never be forgotten! We need publicity in MAJOR outlets, not just Internet news. Think New York Times, Washington Post, books, that sort of thing. If you have any strings, please pull them.


Sounds easy enough right? Just talk this event up all you can and leave references to it everywhere, especially in newly-poured cement. (One of the reasons I’ve posted of this event in SEB is because I know this website will never go away. When Les retires (and we hope that’s decades from now, don’t we?), his daughter Courtney will be of age and intellect to carry on. No need to travel back in time to read Stupid Evil Bastard, as it will be fresh and newly blogged, no matter the age you live in.)

I’m from the future, and I’d like to attend!
We’re not sure how you’re emailing us from the future, but we’d love to have you! Come as you are! No dress code whatsoever.

Go ahead and check out the page and its links. It is an endeavor both laughable and grand, and all it will/did take is/was a time traveled attendee to elevate it to genius rank.

After reading of the plan for this event, I began to consider ramifications of time travel and I became curious as to what you guys might come up with as far as benefits, conundrums, or just silly situations time travel might present. Give your opinions. For example you might point out that divorce would become pointless in the future, since you could travel back and decide not to marry that bitch or bastard in the first place. You might say to me: “Brock, there’s nothing new to add when discussing time travel. It’s all been explored; every theory, every potential result.” Then, I would say to you “I will travel back in time and destroy all the works of fiction and scientific theory, so that nothing has been said on the subject except for that which is presented here.” You not only owe SEB’s readers your thoughts and opinions on this subject, you owe the world the only source for discussion on time travel.

Or not. It’s up to you.

 

15 thoughts on “The Time Traveler Convention or: Never Mind?

  1. The part giving me a headache is as follows:

    The first time the party occurs it will not possibly have people from the future but it is only occuring once, so will we see people from the future or do we have to go back in time and attend it again to see them?

  2. All I know is this: time travel will not occur in my lifetime.  If it did occur, I would have managed to come back to give myself the winning Powerball numbers some time ago.  Since I have not, I must conclude the impossibility of time travel.

  3. Hey, Les, certainly a thought-provoking piece there.  My pet theory of “time travel” is one that I kind of developed back in high school.  I kind of view existence as a bursting bubble and all points of the time/space continuum or co-existant.  So what was, what is, what will be, what could have been, or what might have been are all extant.  It is only the limitations of our brains that make us perceive time as some immutable linear Juggernaut.  Now how you could hop from point to point is something I haven’t figure out yet. tongue rolleye
      A couple of books that sort of reflect this view are Roger Zelazny’s Roadmarks and David Gerrold’s The Man Who Folded Himself.
      An interesting, but unrelated, linguistic note is that the predicative “to be” is not used in Russian.  One would say, “I student.”, while the past tense gives the predicate noun a genitive declension, “I was (of) a student.”

  4. An interesting, but unrelated, linguistic note is that the predicative “to be

  5. Etan: The first time the party occurs it will not possibly have people from the future but it is only occurring once, so will we see people from the future or do we have to go back in time and attend it again to see them?

    My impression is that the first time the event takes place, it will only be attended by those in our present time and no time travelers will be there. After the first time, the next first time, it will be attended by both first time attendees and travel-backers. The next first time after that, it will be attended by even more time travelers along with the same first time attendees. And so on until the world ends.

    My question is: Will this be the world’s longest convention ever? Because in theory, it will never end.

    Good point, Skippy, but each time the Powerball numbers are generated is a chance occurrence of certain numbers grouping and even if you had knowledge of the numbers that were generated on a certain day, you would be IN the point where the number sequence is being formed again. You would only be as likely to get that number combination as you would a sequence you picked without the benefit of knowing what came up before.

    Is that right?

  6. My question is: Will this be the world’s longest convention ever? Because in theory, it will never end.

    Do you know how much renting all this space for an (almost) infinite number of delegates costs, Brock?

    No, this has to be optimized. I propose making it only 45 minutes or so long. Anything that needs to be discussed can be in that time. If you missed meeting someone or need to go to the toilet, simply return later – eh, earlier…

  7. I will make a point of being there. Uhh, I have already made a point of being there. Uhh, I was there. Uhh, I both will be there and was already there. Damn, I need some Pringles!!!  tongue wink

  8. John Titor?  A “psychic” operating under a different guise.  Lots of vague predictions that can be twisted to fit the mind of the beholder, and the few concrete statements he made turned out to be false.  But he was a nice change from the likes of Sylvia Browne and Jeane Dixon …

  9. Isn’t John Titor a preincarnation of Nostradamus, who was from the future (that’s how he knew all that stuff)?

  10. Isn’t John Titor a preincarnation of Nostradamus, who was from the future (that’s how he knew all that stuff)?

    Nah, he just dated some chick from 2035.

  11. If time travellers are “allowed” to reveal themselves, this convension will be a success!  Otherwise, the future police will arrest (eliminate) them before getting to the convention.

  12. But then if Time Cops show up at the convention, then it was all worth it.

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