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Changing the present by changing the past

  1. Jan 10, 2007 #1
    I have two children....they are 9 and 7 years old. If some one wanted to erase them b4 they were born would it be possible to do so? I mean I wouldn't just wake up one day with one child and no knowledge of the other, living in a different house..etc, etc.
     
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  3. Jan 10, 2007 #2

    verty

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    If they were erased, you wouldn't exist.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2007 #3
    er.....why would I not exist if my children were erased?
     
  5. Jan 10, 2007 #4

    verty

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    'You' is a rigid designator of course, so you wouldn't exist. It would be a different you.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2007 #5
    Understood and thought of, thanks...but the question remains..is it possible to erase someone backward?
     
  7. Jan 11, 2007 #6

    cristo

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    Well, since you asked the question, is there anything that makes you think it is possible?
     
  8. Jan 11, 2007 #7

    verty

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    I would say that possibility requires a mechanism. Unless you can come up with a mechanism for one to travel through time, forget it.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2007 #8

    HallsofIvy

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    If you fantasizing about your children not existing you are a ...

    Well, actually, you're just a parent. I understand and sympathise!
     
  10. Jan 11, 2007 #9

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    I think I saw this movie... You know, it was that one where that guy kept going back to the future and the past? I think it was called....
























    The Time Machine
     
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  11. Jan 11, 2007 #10
    What about
    The Forgotten?
     
  12. Jan 11, 2007 #11

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    :rofl: Good to see you down here in the dungeon for a change!
     
  13. Jan 12, 2007 #12
    It actually is possible. Just kill them and bury them somewhere they will never be found. The only thing u have to do after that is cause such braindamage in urself that u will have forgotten ur past.
     
  14. Jan 12, 2007 #13

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    I don't know about you, but this guy sounds kinda creepy to me.

    "If you wanted to get rid of a child and make sure no body knew they existed, how would you do it?"
     
  15. Jan 12, 2007 #14
    yea, sounds kinda nutty. lol
     
  16. Jan 12, 2007 #15
    I'll go with verty on this one. If it could be done, your parents would have done it to you.
     
  17. Jan 12, 2007 #16

    Danger

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    I know one little bastard who should be the poster-child for retroactive abortion; unfortunately, it isn't possible. :grumpy:
     
  18. Jan 12, 2007 #17
    I came here from sciforums to get away from the nutjobs. Well, at least they're less prominant here.

    But yeah, I agree, not possible. My parents would've done it already.
     
  19. Jan 12, 2007 #18

    GCT

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    I've never encountered such a "profoundly" stupid question before...the moron has been exposed....
     
  20. Jan 12, 2007 #19

    Moonbear

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    Okay, I think this has gone on long enough. I'm pulling the plug.
     
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