Before we plunge into reality, let us condition ourselves first into this idea of getting or being in two places at one time. Simply imagine getting a strange telephone call from one of your close friend who is so frantic upon seeing you on television participating at last night’s game show, when in reality, you haven’t gone anywhere; you were actually, at that very moment, sitting in the comforts of your home and enjoying the company of your family in front of the television! Now that is something really strange! And what’s weirder than accidentally bumping into your very own self on the way to a bus stop or a busy market perhaps! But wait ‘til “you” say sorry to “you”!
These rare and almost impossible occurrences can all be attributable to the world of time travel. But with an array and almost endless debates and discussions about these phenomena, we will again attempt to, squeeze out some important and vital information in order for us to establish at least, a not so hypothetical solution to our multi-faceted question above.
Since the question involves and implies the notion or the relation to time travel, it would be best if we try to define what this is. Wikipedia.org says that time travel is an idea or concept which deals with the study of moving between the various moments in time. It involves the moving of anything to a certain space in time. These movements can mean moving information or object backwards in the past, or simply sending the same into the future. Because of its ambiguity, the above concept has no distinct origin but experts believed that its emergence commenced as early as the 18th century.
One of the most prominent figures in this field of study is Dr. Albert Einstein. He formulated the theory of general relativity. This theory of him gave birth to the ideas of black holes, worm holes and astrophysics, to name a few. Einstein’s general relativity is based mainly on what he called “reference frames”. A reference frame would simply mean where a person is standing. He further explained in his theory that there is no such thing as a stationary reference frame and that everything in this world is moving through space and time. He also made emphasis on the idea of speed of light (a thorough discussion on the subject-speed of light, can be found on one of the articles here entitled: “If your car could travel at the speed of light would your headlights work.”) Dr. Einstein likewise formulated various postulates that furthered the study on the foundation of time travel.
With all the rigorous studies being made through history, piles of paperwork, documentations and over millions of ideas being thrown at, the next query will be – is time travel really that possible? Basing from the studies made on the concept, results are, like many other theories and hard-to-answer ideas, divided to being doable and its incapability to be performed. This division has circled around for so long a time. Earlier, Dr. Einstein and some of his followers believed that the idea is possible through worm holes. Believers of wormholes state that these are shortcuts through space and time. Although considered to be hypothetical in nature, experts on the study further manifested that time travel could be possible by simply, according to Wikipedia.org., by merely “folding” the one end of the wormhole to the end. Further by folding, time is bended thus the two dimensions of time meet and is somewhat synchronized, only on a different timeframe. It is through acceleration on the one end of the wormhole that this phenomenon is achieved. And it is through these beliefs that the idea of the time machine emerged.
The above was nevertheless refuted by those who thought exactly the opposite and say that time travel is impossible. An example of their well-supported claims is the godfather paradox. Said paradox tells that if a person can travel through time, he can travel and go to the past and kill his grandfather. With his grandfather killed, the impossibility of his grandfather meeting his grandmother is established. The more impossible will his parents emerge, as well as his existence. It would really mean a lot to a killer who travels in time, isn’t it? The grandfather paradox clearly obliterates the possibility of traveling through time.
All these were nevertheless posted numerous challenges to those who believed the possibility as debates and studies continued to prosper and develop. Recent developments on the issue are manifested through the contemporary works of Stephen Hawkins, Ronald Malette and many others.
Even philosophy has its own way of looking into these kinds of concept of time. It is through the study of metaphysics that these ideas are furthered. Metaphysics merely “jumped”, for its study is based on what is actually beyond. A more clear explanation to this is, according to informationphilosopher.com, as a study beyond the physical. The study tends to transcend to what is normal or physical. Metaphysics’ study also does more in answering the existence of that is beyond our senses. On a more contemporary and typical sense, we can imply that it has something to do with the paranormal. Good thing is, the realm of metaphysics has its own concept of time just like our friends mentioned above. Vague as it is, philosophers such as Immanuel Kant argues that the concept of space and time are simply mere products of the mind used in organizing perceptions. It is therefore, according to him (Critique of Pure Reason), since we cannot see it, is unreal.
But what is this in the world “beyond” that is called “Bilocation”? It really may sound new to some. You’ll even get a red underline when you type the word “bilocation” in your Microsoft Word document. What is it? What is its relation to time travel? Dictionary.com would reveal that bilocation is being two places at the same time.
The concept is all about the ability of an individual or an object to be at two distant and different places at the same time. This quite intriguing idea is being used on a number of systems. Such of these are mostly ancient religions (Hinduism, Christian and Jewish mysticisms), occultisms, paganism and of course, the paranormal.
In Christianity, a well documentation of bilocation can be found. Jesus Christ himself was believed to have undergone the process of bilocation in his Last Supper. Believers say that he “bilocated” as Jesus of Nazareth and through the bread that he divided (transubstantiation). A handful of bilocation cases were even documented among saints and monks of the Catholic Church.
In a more “catholic” means of describing, chantcd.com puts it that a servant of God is seen at the same moment at the same time, and that through a mysterious presence, can be witnessed in another place that is far away. It further explains that instances of bilocation of saints can be manifested through “phantasmal replications” or “aerial materialization”. Their accounts are strengthened by trustworthy witnesses and persons. And those accounts of bilocations all happened with the grace of God.
A paranormal webpage, themystica.com, further stresses that since the idea diverts from the exact sciences, bilocation is uncertain. They then exposed that the theory behind this unique event stems from the projection of a double entity. The “double” according to them, most often than not, acts and moves differently from the original. The occurrence, they said, is something of a ghostly manner since the “double” does not respond nor acknowledge when being examined or confronted.
Even the phenomenon is uncertain and uncommon; various historical accounts have been recorded, aside from that mentioned above. One of the most famous accounts of bilocation is that of Fr. Pio of Italy. Additionally, as e-zinearticles.com would put it, Bilocation is a mental state used for remote viewing. The idea is splitting the attention into two making the viewer’s conscious attention drawn on a specific location and the one half, to an immediate environment.
We may opt to choose on whatever side, depending on the facts and information presented to us regarding these notions and theories about time and space. Whether be linked to or based with the foundations of our faith. What’s important is how deep or shallow our own ideas are and how it is affected by these phenomenon. The author further implies that the possibility of an idea, whether be it absurd or not, deeply relies on how we comprehend, how we cling or how we believe in it.
More significantly, the possibility of having to get or having to be in two places at the same time is not remote as facts and even recorded accounts have been laid down. And although the concept of time travel is being debated up to this day, we do hope that it the idealistic mergence between physics and that of the paranormal will be realized in the near future.