Traveling to an arbitrary point in spacetime has very limited support in theoretical physics, and is usually mentioned in relation to quantum mechanics and wormholes. We have plenty of wormholes here – maybe worms are time travelers. What a concept.
Some of the time travel books that I recently read and enjoyed are The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
It’s fun to suspend disbelief and, in the course of reading a time travel book, go from present to past and past to present. Can’t do this in real life. We can, sort of, but it is only sort of.
I can hear staid English professors saying, “What’s the matter, isn’t the present good enough for you?”
The whole concept of being in the present, all the time, has never really fully set well with me. There is a lot to be said for the past, which is fictive, and the present, which is fictive. The present is what is, but I am not going to disavow that which has already happened or we think has already happened or might happen.
So I am going back in time in writing this dispatch. I have no idea what was most momentous on June 5th. My June 4 and June 5 dispatches might provide a needed point of reference. I am not going to return in time and reread them. Rather, I am going to go back in time and speculate a bit.
On June 5th, I worked around here, rode my ponies, and began planning for my upcoming trip. To see if the latter became a reality, read on.
Next: 157. 6/6/20: A Conversation with Tyra