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Traveling Madly Through Time

People who say they've done it – or invented machines that make it a reality

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The notion of traveling backward or forward through time has long been a favorite subject of science fiction writers, films and television shows - from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine to the Back to the Future film series to Mr. Peabody and Sherman's Way-Back Machine. The idea is tantalizing, of course, because it affords the possibility of not only viewing the truth of history first-hand, but also perhaps to interact with it and alter it. Likewise, venturing into the future lets us see the many marvels - or horrors - of future technology and civilization.

Time travel has also been the fascination of scientists, both professional and of the basement variety. Many phycisists believe that time travel is at least theoretically possible, although there seems to be no hard evidence that anyone from the future has traveled back in time to visit us today - unless, that is, you accept the conclusion of some ufologists who believe UFOs and "aliens" are actually Earth-resident time travelers.

Believe it or not, there are some people who believe that time travel is possible today. And there are some who claim that they have actually accomplished the feat. Let's take a look at some of these paranormal claims.

Stopping a Clock

In 1990, John Bajak copyrighted (not patented) his invention of a Flux Capacitance Time Travel Circuit, and he even provided the schematics for it to KeelyNet. And it works, he says. It's amazing it never made the front page of the newspaper.

  • Excerpt: "Point transducer output toward the person or thing you want changed. That thing, such as a clock or piece of shelving, will begin oscillating between past and future.... I noticed time stretched thinner and thinner until I noticed time seemed to stop while it was turned on. This took place in clocks I watched on my VCR and a German-made clock given to me by my father. I noticed time seemed to decelerate after a certain period of turn-on, then accelerate when the button was turned off, according to the changing pattern of the capacitor."

Bajak goes on to relate how his TV exploded, reassembled itself, talked to him and "threatened" him. Apparently, this time travel business can be dangerous. By his own admission, Bajak was taken to a psychiatric hospital where, I'm sure, he had a lot of time on his hands.

The Radio Time Machine

Then there's the guy who traveled back in time by accident. Although he does not identify himself, the author of this Reverse Time Travel Anecdote is part of the Emanon Inventor's Association. According to the story, this guy was trying to build a short-wave radio and - shazam! - was transported back in time!

  • Excerpt: "About five minutes to four in the morning, and still taking voltage checks, my friend received a rather pronounced static discharge from the radio. He noticed that, just above the coils, was a very peculiar glowing electrical field just above the center of the coils. This glowing field lasted about six - seven seconds and, then, abruptly disappeared. The most amazing thing, though, was the fact that after this field disappeared, ALL THE CLOCKS IN HIS APARTMENT HAD MOVED FROM 3:55 A.M. TO TEN P.M.!! (...time went backwards...)"

After this incident, the experimenter unplugged his radio, got drunk and went to bed. There's no indication of whether or not there was an effort to duplicate the experiment or document the findings. Oh well... another profound loss for science.

A Course in Miracles?

Would you like to try time travel yourself? If so, take the online Course in Time Travel. Fortunately, you won't need any special machinery or electrodes plugged into your head. All you need, say the authors, is the ability to achieve a certain state of meditation - "open eye meditation" to be precise.

  • Excerpt: "The ability to Time Travel is an important part of our nature. It is something we are all called upon to learn, sooner or later. In order to travel in time we need to know the rules of time. Once these rules are mastered, time can no longer imprison us! Time Travel will take you on an incredible journey where you can play Cosmic detective in your quest to unravel the mysteries of the Ages. Your journey can take you from the farthest reaches of the universe to the unfathomable depths of inner space."

Although the authors provide step-by-step instructions for their form of time travel, unfortunately they do not offer any proof, anecdotal or otherwise, that they have actually accomplished it.

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