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One-Way Time Machine
My students are in the midst of taking the dreaded state standardized test, and this idea is based on the test's writing prompt.

Let's say you can make a journey to the past. But, there are some conditions:
1) It's a one-way trip. If you choose to go, you won't be able to come back to your present time.
2) You can only travel to the past, not the future.
3) You must avoid the dreaded "grandfather paradox," i.e. anything that would make you cease to exist (and therefore unable to go back and cause the event which would make you cease to exist, which means you do exist again or... what?) 
| Closed on 04/03/10 at 05:00PM
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 1. Would you travel to the past-- knowing you couldn't return? (0 points)
46%a. Yes
54%b. No
 2. Would you change history? (0 points)
4%a. Yes, but only for myself or my family
17%b. Yes, I'd do something BIG like... assassinate Hitler...
13%c. ... or warn everyone about 9/11...
29%d. ... or (other)
38%e. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.

  
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#1 | 1638 days ago

 I struggled with this one since there are some things that I really thought I'd want to change ... especially some of the more dark, seedy times in my life.    But the more I think about it, the more I realize that those times have shaped me into who I am today, for better or worse.  

I'll have to pass up the chance to take a ride in the Delorean.  
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#2 | 1638 days ago

janet011685 wrote:
 I struggled with this one since there are some things that I really thought I'd want to change ... especially some of the more dark, seedy times in my life.    But the more I think about it, the more I realize that those times have shaped me into who I am today, for better or worse.  

I'll have to pass up the chance to take a ride in the Delorean.  
I couldn't of said it any better myself
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#3 | 1638 days ago

I also struggled with this one. Would I like to go back in time....a time when my father was still alive? You bet. However, one false move or different choice made would reshape what I have now. The friends I have made, the relationships I have formed with my mom, sisters, other family, and friends would be different. Given all this I chose not to travel back into the past.
1. No  2. ... or (other)  
#4 | 1638 days ago

janet011685 wrote:
 I struggled with this one since there are some things that I really thought I'd want to change ... especially some of the more dark, seedy times in my life.    But the more I think about it, the more I realize that those times have shaped me into who I am today, for better or worse.  

I'll have to pass up the chance to take a ride in the Delorean.  
What she said.
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#5 | 1638 days ago

It's hard to say. A lot of missed opportunity in my life that I would be interested to see how things would turn out if I took advantage of them. Not to mention to see how the world could be if certain tragedys didn't take place. In the end, I think the opportunity to do it would be too tempting to pass up, and i would probably make a lot of changes. Oh, and I would remember my 2009 sports almanac. :)
1. Yes  2. Yes, I'd do something BIG like... assassinate Hitler...  
#6 | 1638 days ago
jasonwrites (+)

 I can think of a hundred different scenarios. I don't want to give up my life but then again, the opportunity to save lives, prevent some epic tragedy from occurring, etc.; it seems ethically wrong to not take that opportunity if offered.

Their prompt didn't include the no-return condition, but I added it because I think it makes for a much more interesting discussion.
1. Yes  2. Yes, I'd do something BIG like... assassinate Hitler...  
#7 | 1638 days ago
jasonwrites (+)

TheRoss wrote:
It's hard to say. A lot of missed opportunity in my life that I would be interested to see how things would turn out if I took advantage of them. Not to mention to see how the world could be if certain tragedys didn't take place. In the end, I think the opportunity to do it would be too tempting to pass up, and i would probably make a lot of changes. Oh, and I would remember my 2009 sports almanac. :)
 It's almost 2015-- where's our hoverboards? And the Cubs are still nowhere near winning the World Series...
1. Yes  2. Yes, I'd do something BIG like... assassinate Hitler...  
#8 | 1637 days ago
ArmyStrong212 (+)

9/11 has been one of th emost tragic days in USA hisorty... i would warn people about that.... also i would have done something to prevent the recent shooting spree at Ft. Hood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. No  2. ... or warn everyone about 9/11...  
#9 | 1637 days ago

I'm good, I have hopes and dreams for the future, but I'm happy making it through my past as is.
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#10 | 1637 days ago

I would go back and give myself great investment and gambling advice, as well as becoming the greatest adviser to the US government ever.  I'd have billions by now.
1. Yes  2. ... or (other)  
#11 | 1637 days ago

the sappy answer made my heart squishy, man
1. Yes  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#12 | 1637 days ago

No way.   There is no part of my life i want to live over.   Yes i suppose things could have been much better but they could have been much worse also and you never know what little decision might have turned out for the worse.
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#13 | 1637 days ago

i would absolutely go back, to which time, i have no friggin clue. it's hard for me to say to what time, but definitely early-to-mid 1900's. there's so much music and baseball i would love to have witnessed live.

i wouldn't change a thing - it's not my job and that's just too much work. besides, along the lines of what janet and lee (whoa...janet lee. awesome.) things in the past shaped our now and despite financial woes, holes in ozone layers, war, and camry drivers, things are pretty damn decent. this poll is borderline amazing and reminds me of the short story a sound of thunder by ray bradbury.

1. Yes  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#14 | 1637 days ago

Mr. Nyce will explain the time-space continuum properly...but let me just say that going back, you automatically affect things, and your new future is not guaranteed to be better. So you'd be taking  a helluva risk, at least now I've been through it already. I'll pass. 
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#15 | 1637 days ago

 I will take up any condition for going back when/if I reach 50+ yrs...... 
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#16 | 1637 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
Mr. Nyce will explain the time-space continuum properly...but let me just say that going back, you automatically affect things, and your new future is not guaranteed to be better. So you'd be taking  a helluva risk, at least now I've been through it already. I'll pass. 

read this if you get bored. i am pretty sure it's the origin of the term butterfly effect. could be wrong though.

1. Yes  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#17 | 1637 days ago

ms_hippie_queen wrote:

read this if you get bored. i am pretty sure it's the origin of the term butterfly effect. could be wrong though.

later.
1. No  2. NO, I would try my best NOT to change anything.  
#18 | 1637 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

 I would make someone believe me about 9/11 even knowing that I couldn't return
1. Yes  2. ... or warn everyone about 9/11...  
#19 | 1637 days ago
cubsgirl2 (+)

jasonwrites wrote:
 It's almost 2015-- where's our hoverboards? And the Cubs are still nowhere near winning the World Series...
 
1. Yes  2. ... or warn everyone about 9/11...  
#20 | 1637 days ago
kammi42 (+)

I would be like that movie the Butterfly Effect and stop my birth.
#21 | 1634 days ago

Hell yeah I'd go back !!! Think about it from this perspective. If I could go back to my senior year of High School, with the knowledge I hvae now I could have profited from the spike in gas prices after Desert Storm, been more aggressive during the beginning of the internet bubble instead of catching the tail end of it, and gotten out of stocks (and bought oil futures) before the events of 911. I called the bank crash correctly so I wouldn't change that.
1. Yes  2. ... or (other)  
#22 | 1627 days ago
NorseHeathen (+)

Knowing how France turned out and knowing how the Old Norse devastated that country just from raiding, I'd go back to the era of the Vikings, conquer them, and save the world a lot of bad history and empty rhetoric.
#23 | 1612 days ago

I would make a time machine out of a hot tub and travel with a few of my buddies back to 1986; and the awkward meetings with our friends and family of the '80s would lead to many humorous events laced with clever comedic lines.  I sure hope this works!
1. Yes  2. ... or (other)  
#24 | 1609 days ago
jasonwrites (+)

qtowndogg wrote:
I would make a time machine out of a hot tub and travel with a few of my buddies back to 1986; and the awkward meetings with our friends and family of the '80s would lead to many humorous events laced with clever comedic lines.  I sure hope this works!
 Sounds like the makings of a major feature film that no doubt some people would inexplicably shell out $10 to see.
1. Yes  2. Yes, I'd do something BIG like... assassinate Hitler...  

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