The Unburned Letter: Exploring Possibilities of Time Travel

The Unburned Letter: Exploring Possibilities of Time Travel

Time travel has long sparked our intellectual interests and appeased our imaginations. It has been investigated in both spiritual and scientific contexts.

But what is time exactly?

Lee Cronin, a prominent scientist who holds the Regius Chair of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, and his colleagues have made the following claims:

♦ Time is an essential and palpable component of existence and being.

♦ Time is critical in enabling change.

♦ It is impossible to reverse the flow of time.

Several scientists agree that traveling forward in time is not difficult; nevertheless, traveling backward appears to be impossible.

Why, therefore, do some people still fantasize of traveling back in time? It could be based on spiritual or religious ideas, or it could be based on an intuitive and metaphysical concept of time reversal.

Experimenting on a big scale to test reverse time travel is an extremely difficult task. As a result, let us begin with a basic test: unburning a letter. If we can successfully restore a burned piece of paper to its former state without resorting to a futuristic paper processor that reconstructs paper from ashes (which would not be a true reversal of time), then traveling backward by years may be possible.


"My intuition is that the mechanism of consciousness requires time to be fundamental." - Lee Cronin

Time is not a linear measurement; it includes the transformations of diverse forms, ranging from the delicate workings of human anatomy to the spectacular spectacles of faraway galaxies. When we contemplate time, we must consider everything that is touched by it, including every aspect of our existence.

There's a fascination with creating godlike beings capable of both backward time travel and astonishingly accurate future prophecies. However, it is critical to distinguish between predicting the future and traversing through time.

Time is a physical process. It is difficult to go years into the future without experiencing the intervening days. At the age of 30 if one enters a coma and wakes up decades later as a 60-year-old, the toll of time on the body is nonetheless apparent. While the mind retains its 30-year-old consciousness, the physical reality of time has advanced in lockstep.

Time travel seems to be a quest to escape the limits of gravity, age, death, and loss. This desire, though, may have a negative impact on our personalities and ambitions. We lose significant opportunities to learn how to protect ourselves if we do not understand the actual magnitude of risk and loss.

As we construct robots and usher in new generations of human life to enrich the realm of sensing time, we must address the ramifications of pressing or demanding creatures capable of manipulating time in ridiculous ways. These goals are costly, requiring considerable amounts of capacity to examine. 

Jangled Jester's physicalist approach to magick emphasizes fundamental principles, but it's important to remember that various theories of time exist, some of which suggest that time is merely an illusion.

Why would a physical entity of time be capable or incapable of reverting to its original state? Is it possible to undo the intricate chemical processes that take place across infinite worlds, many which may contain the ashes of infinite burned letters?

Regardless of personal views, the concept of a god-like entity would have to account for every insignificant and colossal fragment of time. Can life's evolution, the development of mountains, war's slaughter, and the collapse of stars be reversed?

Instead of focusing on impossible time leaps that contradict physical processes, consider shifting focus to more rational concepts like "prediction" and "simulation."

In a prediction and simulation, one can move ahead, backward, or any other direction. It is important to stress that these strategies are firmly based in the current moment, however, even when representing the past or the future.



Cronin, L. (2023, February 28). Time existed before the Big Bang.IAI News/articles/time-existed-before-the-big-bang-lee-cronin-auid-2402

McKean, Cameron. (2023, May 19). Time is not an illusion. it’s an object with physical size: Aeon Essays. Aeon.


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