Time slips appear in fantasy and science fiction, but is there any truth behind them? When time slips a person or group of people travels through time. How they time travel is often unexplained and does not involve a time machine.
One of the first mentions of time slips appears in “A Connecticut Yankee in King’s Arthur’s Court,” by Mark Twain. In this book a man from Connecticut is accidentally transported back in time to King Arthur’s court. He is thought to be a magician, but, uses his knowledge of engineering to create what appears to be magic. Since then time slips have appeared in many works of fiction. Yet, Time Slips may not be simply fiction.
The Evidence of Time Slips
One of the first people to question the reality of time was Angelus Silesius. He was a 6th century philosopher and poet, who was quoted as saying;
“Time is of your own making
clock ticks in your head
The moment you stop thought
Time too stops dead”
He isn’t the only person to question time. There is a small group of scientists who disagree with the “Time is a river” theory. They believe that all time periods exist simultaneously. These scientists think we are locked into our time period by the vibration frequency of our body. Therefore, a time slip can occur when the body changes its vibration frequency.
Einstein pointed out that the flow of time is actually relative to the speed one is travelling. How fast you move effects time. As we speed up, time slows down. This was once demonstrated by using two atomic clocks. One was kept on the ground, whilst the other was taken aboard a jet and flown up as high as possible for several hours. When the “flying clock” returned to earth it was found to be slightly slower than the one on the ground. Time itself had slowed down.
Einstein argued that time was the fourth dimension, and that space is curved. Whilst we are aware and can move around the first three we are normally trapped by the fourth.
There is some evidence to suggest that he is right. The total mass of the universe does curve in upon itself and there is a very complicated mathematical formula to demonstrate this fact. If you send a space ship set off in a straight line it would eventually end up back where it began. Just as if you set off around the world in a straight line you would end up where you began.
Space and time are said to be the same thing – therefore if space is curved, so is time.
Other Theories About How Time Slips Occur
One theory is that they are caused by a momentary blankness of the mind which causes time to stop. When time stops it is possible to go through a time slip.
Another theory is that it is a form of psychometry. This is where touching an object relays its past to you. In a time slip instead of just seeing the past in your mind you travel through time and live it.
It can also be a form of haunting where a scene plays out over and over for eternity, and present day people can sometimes witness it. This theory links with the scientific explanation above – time slips are often reported during electrical storms where the vibrational frequencies can be affected.
Black Holes and Time Slips
A Black hole is a star, which has burnt up all its fuel. Once there is no more hydrogen for a star to burn up it begins to collapse in upon itself, with its gravitational force increasing as it collapses. This collapse continues, increasing the gravitational pull, until there is virtually nothing left but a small sphere with has an incredible mass. So much so that even light cannot escape the gravity of a black hole. This is why it is known as a black hole -as it reflects no light.
Nobody has yet got close enough to a black hole to find out how time is effected but, it is assumed time would slow down causing visual and time distortion.
Once we get into the sub atomic level even the order of events can break down. Cause and affect no longer matter. Things can have no causes or happen before the cause took place.
Kerr holes may also exist -these are rotating black holes which could be used for time travel or travel to parallel universes. The theory is a dying star collapses into a rotating ring of neutrons, that produces sufficient centrifugal force to prevent the formation of a singularity. Without a singularity Kerr believed it would be safe to enter the black hole without being crushed. He then thought it may be possible to travel through the hole and exit though a white hole that would have the opposite effect of a black hole pushing everything away from it so time travel would be possible.
Wormholes also known as Einstein-Rosen bridges. These are a tunnel like structure which some people believe exists. If they exist, they would allow time travel, and allow us to travel light years away from earth within a short period of time.
Einstein’s theory of relativity is used to explain the theory behind wormholes. That any mass curves space time. If masses placed pressure on parts of the universe, then a tunnel could eventually form a wormhole.
Whilst Time Slips may not have been proven to exist, there is a possibility that they do.