Tue Jul 24, 2012, 11:31 PM
frogmarch (8,898 posts)
Holmes: "an illusion that allows you to change the past."
“Over the course of the summer,” Holmes said in the video, “I’ve been working with temporal illusion. It’s an illusion that allows you to change the past.” (emphasis mine.)
from Psychology Today
(also simultaneously known as Psychology Yesterday and Psychology Tomorrow ):
So, could you make a different choice in your past, and its consequences would now appear in the present? That’s the intriguing thought.
Keeping in mind that (if) what we label past, present and future are all one, then an event in either the past or the future could alter the one we call “present.” To understand this from another perspective, if someone could view your activity from several light years away — say from the distance of Alpha Centauri — that person would see your activity that spanned — in your Earth-bound existence — several decades past and present. In effect, whatever is in store for your life has already occurred. It’s visible to the Alpha Centauri observer. That also suggests that you can change it as you go along.
Suppose, then, that you could shift something that occurred or that you experienced in your past, that created your future — now your present. Could a retroactive shift transform your present? Similarly, if you saw your future, based upon what you’re doing right now, and altered that, could it also transform your present? If the latter sounds familiar, think of Michael J. Fox’s Back To The Future films.
Want to give it a try? Here are some suggestions:
More at the link.
Did Holmes think he could go on a killing rampage, and then go back and undo it? Surely he knew that an illusion is a false perception. Maybe he meant to say, “It’s an illusion that allows you to believe you can change the past.”
I don’t know what he thought, but I wonder if his interest in temporal illusion played a part in what he did.
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Holmes: "an illusion that allows you to change the past." (Original post)
Response to frogmarch (Original post)
Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:19 AM
cthulu2016 (10,960 posts)
3. That's some good physics there, dumb-ass
An observer on Alpha Centauri would see everything you did a few years after you did it, and would see your life unfold second-by-second, only a few years behind.
Needless to say, at no point does the distant observer see into your future. He cannot even see into your F*ing present.
This dumb-ass seems to think that the speed of light is negative, or something.
BONUS psycho points for citing that popular "Back to the Future" series of science documentaries starring Michael J. Fox.
Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #3)
Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:29 AM
frogmarch (8,898 posts)
4. There's a lot of this
floating around out there on the web. I know only basic physics, but it sounds like woo to me whenever I happen onto it. I keep thinking, well, maybe I'm too stupid to grasp it, and then I'm back to, it sounds like woo.
Oh, and can someone tell me wtf "quantum psychology" is? gah! Here I thought I had a pretty good a handle on "quantum."