Time travel ethics / Categorical Imperative

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Re: Time travel ethics / Categorical Imperative

Postby Merle » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:02 am

I would view the opportunity to create a timeline where "bad thing X does not happen" is true as a positive act, if it's not certain that a timeline of that type didn't already exist.

Where crossing between timelines is possible, this becomes even more imperative in cases where members of the new, better timeline can go help those in the other timeline. This gets very weird when you have naturally-splitting timelines a la Sliders, of course.

And as for the idea of destroying time machines - now, I wouldn't well be able to call myself a mad scientist if I supported that course of action, now would I?
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Re: Time travel ethics / Categorical Imperative

Postby Horizon » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:55 pm

Perhaps a meta is used to make metal. Not metal, metal. It's like metal but lighter, with a higher tensile strength and a higher shear strength. Also a higher bending point.
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Re: Time travel ethics / Categorical Imperative

Postby Carnie » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:47 pm

Without reading the intervening posts, I think this is even simpler than you're making it out to be. Biff uses the almanac to cheat, in a rather straightforward sense. This is considered unethical, just like stacking a deck of cards in a casino is unethical; which is why, as you say, there would be laws against it. The involvement of time travel has no bearing on that, and you don't need the categorical imperative to explain why it's unethical.
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Re: Time travel ethics / Categorical Imperative

Postby mustang6172 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:49 pm

I think the bigger question is how did Marty buy the sports almanac in the first place? The currency of "2015" appears to have hyperinflated since 1985.

Wouldn't you find it odd to see a $20 bill this old?

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Re: Time travel ethics / Categorical Imperative

Postby RyukaTana » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:54 pm

I tend to find it kind of weird to see cash at all anymore. However, no, if you handed me that 20, I probably wouldn't think twice about it. It's got AJ on it, and says 20 in the corners, and it's green, that's pretty much all I'm looking for in a 20.
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