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Effects Of A Tipler Cylinder On The Preternatural

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#1 Anchovyforestbane

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 11:08 PM

Presume temporarily, for the sake of hypothesis, that there was an afterlife, and that this afterlife existed separately from time. Now, say the life of a friend or loved one meets its end, and in an effort to see them once more, you travel back in time via a Tipler Cylinder. Would the soul of the person in question reside in their past body, or would it remain in the afterlife which exists separately from time?



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Posted 09 February 2020 - 06:51 AM

Pure logic says: Yes.

Implied assumptions of that logic:

Atemporal events are probably acausal or anti-causal

time-like curves can actually reverse exterior time separately/rather than object time
 

There's a time-like Novella by the name of "All of an Instant" that would sort of touch on the logics you're moving towards from an intuit/story perspective. Recommend you pick it up and give it a read for the soft-sci buzzword level understanding or expanding "time" into dimensional status.


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#3 VictorMedvil

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 05:21 PM

Presume temporarily, for the sake of hypothesis, that there was an afterlife, and that this afterlife existed separately from time. Now, say the life of a friend or loved one meets its end, and in an effort to see them once more, you travel back in time via a Tipler Cylinder. Would the soul of the person in question reside in their past body, or would it remain in the afterlife which exists separately from time?

But the truth is there is no afterlife, so this question is invalid. The last thing someone who designed a Tipler Cylinder would want is to have religious nut-jobs using it.


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#4 Anchovyforestbane

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 06:30 PM

But the truth is there is no afterlife, so this question is invalid.

An entirely subjective proclamation, as there is no way to prove or disprove its existence. But this is not meant to be a theological debate, so it'd best be left at that.