Past, Present and Future are happening simultaneously

This post on Boing Boing is about a man who, in 1927, came up with the idea described in the subject heading of this post of mine. This is an idea that I’ve had for a little while now. I’ll dig up some documentation some time in the future, but for now you’ll have to take my word for it.

I haven’t read the article that Boing Boing has linked to yet, but I wanted to post about it here now and summarize my own thoughts.

  1. Time is a dimension like length, width and height. I think my idea comes from someone else’s idea, but here’s what I think: If we were born some impossible height way up in the sky, and we spent our whole lives falling (and never landing) we would never question the continuous downward movement of our bodies. This is what time is like. We are continually falling forward through time, and there’s no reason we can move side to side, or even backwards, or more quickly forwards, we just don’t have the technology for it.
  2. Everything in the past is frozen there. It continues to exist, and can’t be altered. So why do we think the future has yet to exist, and is still available to change? I like Vonnegut’s idea in Timequake where people suddenly find themselves several years in the past, but because there’s only one possible course of events they’re forced to relive those years all over again, do the same things, think the same thoughts, feel the same feelings. They’re reliving the past, without even really knowing it. Or do we?
  3. I have dreams that feel like they might be from the future. I also have deja vu, and I’ve had severe deja vu moments where I feel very certain that I know what’s going to happen next. This feeling persists for some time and there’s usually a sense of panic that washes over me. I’ve begun documenting these moments, but haven’t noticed a pattern yet. I always intend to write down my dreams, but usually put it off too long. Sometimes I’ll find myself in a moment and I feel a mild sense of deja vu, but it won’t just be deja vu, it will feel like a memory of a dream and I will feel certain that I had dreamt the moment, but without documentation it’s impossible for me to confirm it. How convenient.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading that article, and the essay that it’s about. Maybe I’ll come back to this entry and edit it with an update.
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Future Meeting: Sept 30, 2010

Thursday, September 30th will be the October meeting of Interested in The Future, the monthly Future discussion group in which we discuss The Future.

The Agenda:
1. Who are you and why are you interested in The Future?
2. Opening of predictions from 6 months earlier
3. Discussion of topics with which to inspire thoughts of The Future
4. Submission of predictions to be opened in 6 months, 1 year and 5 years

Join us at 6:30pm, or any time thereafter, in the front room of The Victory Cafe in Mirvish Village on Thursday, September 30, 2010.

Tip:
Think about the Future in advance.
Write down predictions every day as you think of them and bring them with you.
Try not to talk about The Past while at a Future Meeting.

Finally: Bring a friend!

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150279738342139

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Next Meeting is Wednesday, July 7

The Future Is Past!

The June meeting has been pushed back to July 7 but that’s okay, it’ll be good anyway.

There is a bit of a twist though. The meeting will be taking place at Murray’s private residence so communication with him will be required if you intend to attend. This is best accomplished through Facebook.

The agenda is the same as usual:

  1. Who are you and why are you interested in The Future?
  2. The opening of predictions
  3. The submitting of predictions to be read at a later date

I will be attending via skype from Thunder Bay and I’m very excited about that.

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Next Meeting: May 14 @ Victory Cafe

Each month Interested in The Future group members meet to discuss the future, make predictions and read predictions that were made in the past. All are welcome. Come early and stay till the end, or come and go as you please.

Location:

The Victory Cafe
581 Markham St. Toronto
We have the front room reserved. Enter the front doors and turn left.

The Agenda:

6:30 Dinner
7:00 Opening Committee
8:00 General Meeting
(details below)

6:30 Dinner

If you’d like to have dinner as a group please arrive at 6:30pm. This will be an open discussion period where we may talk about the past.

7:00 Opening Committee

Opening predictions can be a touch tedious when the envelope is particularly stuffed. The “Opening Committee” consists of anyone who happens to be present when we open the envelope. We will read the predictions and determine whether they were accurate or not, or if they require verification. The Opening Committee will attempt to verify as many predictions as possible and we will organize them so that anyone who joins the meeting late can easily take a look at them

8:00 General Meeting

  1. Introductions: Who are you and why are you interested in The Future?
  2. Review of accurate predictions
  3. General discussion of topics we might make predictions about
  4. Submission of predictions to be opened in 6 months, 1 year and 5 years
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Martian Greens

Futuristic Greenhouse Domes might be the only way to grow food on Mars

There’s a story on New Scientist about the feasibility of growing plants in space and on Mars. The conclusion is that while some organisms can survive space travel (even in the vacuum of space!) they will not survive the harsh UV rays of the Sun that fall on the red planet. Plus, the dirt on Mars probably doesn’t have the organic material that would be friendly to growing plants.

All of this means that if we’re going to send humans to Mars we’re going to have to bring some potting soil with us, and some classically-styled UV shielding greenhouse domes. I’m okay with that. But there’s still the ethical question of potentially destroying life that may already exist there.

I hate to be the one to say it but, if there are microorganisms alive on Mars… uh, does that matter? Yes, yes, it matters, I know, and there are a lot of people who would be really, really excited about studying the bacteria or whatever may be over there, but we might have already contaminated Mars with Earthling organisms, so…

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Northern Ontario will separate and become its own province

FALSE!

Prediction was to be opened in April, 2015 however it was not opened and verified until January 21, 2017.

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Redbull hot-air balloon skydiver guy’s parachute will accumulate ice crystals and therefore his parachute won’t open right away. He will be maimed, but not killed.

FALSE!

Felix Baumgartner’s jump from super-high altitude went off with no major issues.

Prediction was to be opened in April, 2015 however it was not opened and verified until January 21, 2017.

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Jack Layton will not become Prime Minister ever

TRUE! 😦

On May 2, 2011 Jack Layton’s New Democrat Party would form the official opposition in Canada’s parliament. Shortly after the election Mr. Layton announced that he had an aggressive form of cancer and on August 22, 2011 he would die.

Prediction was to be opened in April, 2015 however it was not opened and verified until January 21, 2017.

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Marijuana will be/is legal in at least 1 province

FALSE!

Medicinal marijuana was already legal at the time of this prediction.

Prediction was to be opened in April, 2015 however it was not opened and verified until January 21, 2017.

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The average weight of a North American has peaked and in fact has begun to decline! Heart disease remains on of the top killers!

FALSE!

Prediction was to be opened in April, 2015 however it was not opened and verified until January 21, 2017.

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