Posts Tagged Time Travel
I was inspired to write this post from another post I read on Kim Griffin’s Blog about Time Travel. I had prejudiced my idea of what the post was going to be about (before reading it) – science fiction and time travel. To my surprise it was about neither. The post centered around music. More to the point is how hearing a song can BOOM; instantly transport us to another time and place.
Her subject was music however mine is smell. For me, sometimes the smell of an apple pie baking transports me back to my childhood days when I used to spend weeks at my grandparents house. On occasion during a few summer days when I drive past honeysuckle plants and smell their nectar, I am transported to that summer when the 17 year old girl sent to watch her cousins or nieces gave me at ten years old my lessons in French kissing.
The combination of cigarette smoke and hospital rooms transports me to my aunt’s hospital bedside when the decision was put forth to family members about not feeding her anymore because feeding her was just feeding her cancer cells and bringing death on a little quicker.
The olfactory bulb (group of nerves that enable our sense of smell) is closely related to our Limbic system which is made up of the Hippocampus and the Hypothalamus among other parts of the brain. The Limbic system is primarily responsible for our emotions, and the formation of memories. Being in such close proximity to the olfactory bulb, is it any wonder that smells can trigger such strong memories?
Do you have any smells that can transport you to places? Are they good places or bad places?
Another crazy post from the science fiction loving imagination of Tom Baker. I love the movie Time Cop. Don’t laugh, I thought it was a well thought out piece of creative sci-fi and that is where the catalyst for this post comes from.
If time travel were possible (you invented it) and you could go anywhere in time where would you go? Keep in mind that if time travel were readily available most likely you could only travel into the past because the future has not happened yet. So traveling backwards in time, where would you go and to what time?
As for me, I would like to go back in time and buy shares of stock in all the major oil companies around the world. I would purchase 10,000 shares of each companies preferred stock and set up a bank account (in the past). I would use the money for people who are unemployed today and those without health insurance. I would use the money to start a company that would help keep benefits going for the millions who have exhausted their benefits. People like Iron Cook Carl, who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, who have children and need to continue to have a roof over their heads.
I just heard the Republicans have overturned the healthcare bill today that was passed last year helping millions without insurance in the U.S. Also the Republicans and Democrats can’t seem to get together to help the so called 99ers who have exhausted all benefits but still have living expenses; I think going back in time might help.
In a far less noble gesture, I think I would like to go to ancient Egypt and see exactly how they made those pyramids.
What would you do and where would you go?