Taking Advice From the Past To Save the Future

// June 2nd, 2009 // Blog

You know those Sci-Fi films where the protagonist receives an unexpected visit from their future self, heralding grave news of a disastrously sticky end if they don't do an incredibly important task, that can conveniently be achieved within the 75 minute remainder of the movie?

The kind of scenario that always throws up the problem: “Well, if they complete the mission, then that version of the future will no longer exist. Therefore the character won't be able to return to the past to warn themselves about avoiding said disaster. But without such a warning, the bad things will happen anyway. Ah, but then if they… no, that won't work… unless they manipulate the space-time continuum…? Yes! No. Wait… using the graviton emissions of a nearby worm hole…. perhaps… Multiverse theory would allow… would allow… wo- Oh look: time for Hollyoaks!”.

Anyway, I experienced something like that this evening, at a sisters-circle I attended – but in reverse.

Continue reading my post at MuslimMatters.org…

9 Responses to “Taking Advice From the Past To Save the Future”

  1. Anon says:

    Salam alaykum,

    I know this isn’t relevant, but when will your evolution piece be ready…? :(

  2. iMuslim says:

    Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

    Well… I am working on a detailed essay with IMASE. But that prob won’t be ready for a while.

    However, I am tempted to write a short “relief” piece on my blog, to calm people down on the issue… cuz I don’t really see what the big deal is. :)

  3. Anon says:

    What’s IMASE?

  4. iMuslim says:

    The International Muslim Association of Scientists & Engineers.

  5. Anon says:

    I just noticed…why does IMASE presume to speak on the history/philosophy of science when it’s made up of ‘scientists and engineers’? Scientists make poor philosophers and historians…surely there should be some respect for the disciplinary boundaries here…?

  6. iMuslim says:

    I only joined recently, but IMASE is a misleading term, as we have philosophy and humanities peeps on board too. We’re actually considering a name change to reflect that, insha’Allah.

    But I don’t really understand your criticism. Surely it depends on the individual? There are many examples, even within the Muslim world, of scholars who have mastered several disciplines.

  7. Manas Shaikh says:

    I don’t agree with the premise that only those who have a degree in philosphy can talk about philosophy. Many great men/women were both great physicists and great philosphers.

  8. Manas Shaikh says:

    I said that (only) about physicists because I can back that claim with examples if need be. But I think other disciplines will also have similar men/women to speak of.

  9. Anon says:

    Yes, but why have an association of ornithologists when they convene to discuss sewing?

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