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Time Travel & the Bootstrap Paradox Explained

Time Travel & the Bootstrap Paradox Explained

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The Bootstrap Paradox

The Bootstrap Paradox

…is a theoretical paradox of time travel.

It occurs when an object or piece of information sent back in time becomes trapped within an infinite cause-effect loop.

The item no longer has a discernible point of origin, and is said to be “uncaused” or “self-created”


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Terminator movies

Terminator movies

In the Terminator movies, Skynet is an example of a bootstrap paradox involving an object.

Skynet, the conscious AI system and mankind’s nemesis, could not have been invented without the leftover components of the T-800 cybernetic organism it sent back in time to stop John Connor.

The technology was analyzed and Skynet and cyborgs were subsequently created through reverse engineering.


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Time Travel In To The Past?

Time Travel In To The Past?

Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity tells us that we have got almost complete freedom of movement into the future.

Time travel to the past, on the other hand, throws up a number of paradoxes.

Any time travel paradoxes that do arise are therefore of particular concern to theoretical physicists.

Their line of reasoning has subsequently led many of them to conclude that time travel to the past must be impossible.


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Problem #1 - Law of Causality

Problem #1 - Law of Causality

While a bootstrap paradox may produce a consistent account of the timeline’s history, one problem associated with this ontological conundrum is an apparent violation of the Law of Causality.

As a result, scientists are presented with an obvious problem in that they are no longer able to say that a past ’cause’ leads to a future ‘event’.

The event may equally have been created in the future before leading to its cause in the past. Instead of time moving from a dead past to an undetermined future, the past, present, and future are, in fact, all equally real at the same time.


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Problem #2 - Law of Entropy

Problem #2 - Law of Entropy

Another problem is an apparent violation of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that systems always flow from a state of order to a state of disorder.

An object or information trapped within a time loop would continue to age and eventually disintegrate.

The movie “Somewhere in Time”provides an example of a bootstrap paradox involving an object, in this case a pocket watch.

An inconsistency that arises is how the pocket watch survives countless time cycles while remaining unaffected by time.

One solution may be to assume that entropy is somehow reversed by time travel


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