Prison Sentence – You Are Sent to Another Era in Time

Ray (@brainofmorbius) 8 years ago

Imagine a future where people convicted of serious crimes are purged from society by sending them forward or backward in time. This has been proven safe, because you actually enter a different timeline once there, that has no impact on the original one you left behind.

You can choose any time in the distant past or future as long as it is at least 200 years forward or back. You take nothing (and no one else) with you but the clothes you wear. The caveat for future travel is that its a complete unknown where you end up, and past travel is only based on assumptions held about what the past was really like (how trustworthy are history books?)

So, you are convicted and must choose an era to travel to. Where do you go, and why?

May 7, 2014 at 8:41 am
Anonymous (175) (@) 8 years ago ago

If it’s 200 years ago, then as a colonist in Canada or Australia.

Though I think history 200 years ago is more reliable than that of millenia ago.

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Marlon (97) (@shoeopener) 8 years ago ago

I have a better one. Imagine a present where parents don’t threaten their own kids.

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josephm (772) (@josephm) 8 years ago ago

now? and its creating the worst kids ever. were probably in time-travelled prison.

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Marlon (97) (@shoeopener) 8 years ago ago

Maybe if kids weren’t scared enough to stay alive they won’t be rationalizing their fears, so they grow up creating reincarnation, religion and mad women.

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josephm (772) (@josephm) 8 years ago ago

didnt catch ur drift

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krkrich (148) (@krkrich) 8 years ago ago

Well if in the present moment there is technology that allows time travel, then it also exists in the future so I’d rather travel to the future. At least the people or organisms I meet will be more accepting of someone coming from the past. I imagine people at least 200 years in the past bein Scared shitless of this strangely dressed person claiming to be from the future. They’d probably kill me. Lol

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krkrich (148) (@krkrich) 8 years ago ago

What if time is circular and while traveling to the future you end up at some time period in the past? That would really fuckin suck.

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Marlon (97) (@shoeopener) 8 years ago ago

What if traveling to the future, because most cavemen didn’t live up to 16 and those 200 years ago didn’t live up to 45, will end you up in an overpopulated planet with people scared shitless of other things. What if they already designed a shield for travelers from the past? What if humanity would do that if immortality is achieved, and that’s why we won’t be able to ever travel in eras? What if water changed because of our industrialism so much that the only reproductive species on earth is going to be struggling not to go extinct?

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krkrich (148) (@krkrich) 8 years ago ago

*head explodes. Lol

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years ago ago

@brainofmorbius, I’d choose to go 200 years into the future. At least then, I’d have a chance that the same time-travel technology exists in the future, or even a better, safer, more controllable version. Sure, it might be a crummy post-apocalyptic future, but then again, it’s the future, so it might also be a technologically advanced utopia. If we’d gotten to the point where technology replaced all workers and people were free to do as they pleased with life, then maybe I wouldn’t want to come back!

With the past, we know with near certainty that lifespans were shorter and quality of life was worse. More diseases, less technology, longer travel times, more primitive medicine, more war, and more I’m sure. 1814 doesn’t seem like a good time to me. Now 1914, maybe. If I could have been wealthy and avoided the Great War, I could have taken a rickety bi-plane and toured the world…that would’ve been cool.

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Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 8 years ago ago

Keep in mind everyone I said “at least” 200 years. You could go much farther into the future or the past. You all seem to be stuck on the 200 year point, or arguing the logic of the question. I just want to see what era people would be interested in living in.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 8 years ago ago

I’d go to an era before there were any eras. Before humans mass populated the earth. At my hearing when the judge would ask me why I would want to go to such a time, I would bring up the argument that society as it is today played a crucial role in the motivation that influenced my crime. And maybe if I existed in a world without a society such as this, I could learn to live, hopefully in someway as a decent man.

The judge would then go on to tell me how preposterous my argument is, and that it does not excuse my crime of teaching people how to fly.

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Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 8 years ago ago

In North America or Asia…? Probably don’t have to go too far back for the former, perhaps several million years for the latter…

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Anonymous (175) (@) 8 years ago ago

Also, why just 200 years? I want to go back and see when humans first left Africa. Would be cool to see (in a manner of speaking of course) the birth of our species, or at least the beginning of our rise to where we are today.

I could teach them advanced technology (by Paleolithic standards anyhow) and we’d be colonising the galaxy in the current day haha..

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Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 8 years ago ago

“At Least” 200 years. Please reread the question. I wanted to discourage people from talking about the grandfather paradox and dealing with their immediate past families.

Keep in mind that ice ages last about 55,000 years on earth and interglacial periods about 11,000 years (we’re near the end of one of these). So you’d have to go back about 70,000 years in North America to probably find a temperate climate and no people. Of course, then you’d also have a large population of large carnivores to deal with, mountain lions, wolves, bears, and large, dangerous herd animals, bison, early wooly mammoths…

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ThomasB (81) (@thomasbonjj) 8 years ago ago

can you bring food ?

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Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 8 years ago ago

Nothing but the clothes you wear. You have to find your own food upon arrival.

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