William Hurt look-alike professor lands Discover cover story: The future influences the past

By | March 30, 2010

Tollaksen and his group, says Discover writer Zeeya Merali, are “looking into the notion that time might flow backward, allowing the future to influence the past. By extension, the universe might have a destiny that reaches back and conspires with the past to bring the present into view. On a cosmic scale, this idea could help explain how life arose in the universe against tremendous odds. On a personal scale, it may make us question whether fate is pulling us inexorably forward and whether we have free will.” The article says that because of its usefulness, the Chapman group’s work is gaining ground and acceptance from many other physicists. The number of derivative research papers in mainstream journals (Nature, Science, etc) is exploding rapidly.

And if THAT doesn’t completely blow your mind, how about this? A series of quantum experiments seems to actually confirm the notion that the future can influence results that happened before those measurements were even made. (Cue spooky music here.)

via Chapman professor lands Discover cover story « Happenings.

Well, I already knew the future influences the past. This explains my tree dream. I find this all quite comforting. There is nothing you can do other than what you are meant to do. So go do it and enjoy the ride.

Compare to William Hurt:

5 thoughts on “William Hurt look-alike professor lands Discover cover story: The future influences the past

  1. Ann

    From another perspective:

    Helmut Schmidt, Can an Effect Precede Its Cause? A Model of a Noncausal World
    Foundations of Physics Vol. 8, Nos. 5/6, Jun. 1978

    ABSTRACT: The world appears causal in the sense that the result of a measurement may depend on the past history of the observed system, but not on what the experimenter will do with the system after the measurement. This raises the question whether noncausality at a macroscopic level would necessarily lead to an “unreasonable” world. The study of a model world with axiomatically well-specified properties shows that noncausal systems can be discussed in a logically consistent manner so that noncausality might well exist in the real world as a weak, but so far overlooked, effect.

    1. Xeno Post author

      In what ways and to what degree (if at all) does the future change the past? If the past can be adjusted we must live multiple simultaneous lives. What are you doing right now in another universe?

  2. Ann

    Funny, Xeno! Seek out a Gestaltian, Jungian or Quantum fortune-teller or seer and let them tell you about your non-linear causal alignments and/or from when your reverse time flows.

    1. Xeno Post author

      A quantum fortune teller! Great idea for a sci fi charater. I’d like to see a movie about that persons job set in a time after science has proved the future changes the past.

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