Back in 2001, I changed fields completely… went from working for the housing and construction industries to working in science.
The toughest concept I learned – in addition to getting a crash course in just about every discipline out there (archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, genomics, nanotechnology, proteomics, etc) – is that there are no absolutes.
Now, I thrive on absolutes, on guarantees, on infallibilities…. like knowing for certain that 100 cents makes one dollar or that 1+1=2 or that dogs bark and cats meow or that Friday is payday or that there are 24 hours to a day.
I get a little upset when ALIAS moves from Sunday to Wednesday nights, when my brother changes his email address and forgets to inform me, when the Euro starts to bitchslap the US dollar, when I finally understand that time is a constant (it does not pass – we pass through it).
So now, almost five years later, absolutes no longer exist in my world. And, I think my life is better for it, though it’s been a long process.
And it’s got me thinking…. IF this many-world view of reality is a possibility and IF some super-genius at MIT figures out how to travel between these universes and IF I could afford to travel in time (because we all know it’ll be ludicrously expensive when it’s first commercially available), then where would I want to go?
10. Participate in a druid ceremony at Stonehenge in 1500 BC.
9. Tour the Great Library of Alexandria in 100 BC
8. Visit Alexandria, Egypt during Cleopatra’s reign in 51 – 30 BC
7. Witness the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.
5. Stroll the decks of the Titanic on the day of her launch on April 10, 1912.
4. Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 16, 1969 for the launch of Apollo 11.
3. Hear JFK’s Inauguration Speech on January 20, 1961.
2. September 1499 for the return of Vasco da Gama to Lisbon, Portugal, during the reign of Manuel I.
1. Florence in 1480 to pose for Leonardo da Vinci.
If you could travel in time, where would you go?