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Does anyone else imagine what it would be like to go back in time?

Asked by sharpstick (532points) July 10th, 2010

One of my favorite things to daydream about is somehow going back in time and teaching regular people things they can use to help themselves. Nothing grandiose. Or thinking about what someone from the past would think about the day-to-day life we live now. Does anyone else do this regularly?

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gailcalled's avatar

Mark Twain did it very successfully.

ETpro's avatar

Great question,@sharpstick and welcome to Fluther.

! think about it occasionally. Usually, I dream of going back with an AK-47 and plenty of amo belts so my teaching would be more likely to gain their attention. :-)

But realistically, in complex dynamical systems, even a small change in the starting conditions can lead to vast, unpredictable changes as the system evolves. Anything we did to alter the timeline in the past could have unforeseen and devastating results in our own time. So it is probably just as well that I don’t have either an AK-47 or a time machine.

Seek's avatar

On the contrary, when I contemplate the past, I wonder what I could learn from them. So much knowledge and skill is lost to me, that was common knowledge in, say, the Bronze Age. They lived fulfilling lives without cars, atomic bombs, and the Internet. I’m jealous.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I have alway been fascinated with time travel and the issue of temporal paradoxes.

I love @Seek_Kolinahr ‘s point about accessing the knowledge of ancient civilizations that was lost when they collapsed or were overrun by invaders that did not value or retain that knowledge.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I constantly think I was born in the wrong time. I always felt like I belonged in the past, living in some ancient civilization.

eyeDani's avatar

I do, and that’s why I play Sims, hehe

josie's avatar

It would be fun and informative.

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