Re: Matter *NOT* traveling backward in time

Robert J. Bradbury (
Sun, 22 Aug 1999 07:58:16 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 22 Aug 1999, Jason Spencer wrote:

> At 12:01 AM -0400 8/21/99, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:

> >Clint O'Dell wrote:
> >> Let's assume, for the moment, that there is matter that travels backward in
> >> time.


I would suggest that we *NOT* assume this since at least some people don't read the threads carefully enough to prevent them from going off on fantasy trips. NO MAGIC PHYSICS.

> >
> >If I met an anti-matter
> >clock, i would think that it is moving backwards, while an anti-matter
> >person would think its moving forwards. If I talked with an anti-matter
> >person, I would hear their last word first, and their first word
> >last.... Any Questions?

NO NO NO. Nobody ever said that anti-matter travels back in time!!! What they said was that it *looks* that way from the perspective of some of its reactions with other particles. Looking and doing are two completely different things. Your image in a mirror looks like a mirror-image of you, that doesn't mean that a mirror image of you actually exists!

> Yeah. Assuming for the moment, that there is matter that travels backward
> in time wouldn't we never see it except for perhaps, maybe, a second?

There is no evidence for things that "travel backwards in time" and there is theoretical work that says it is impossible.

Lord lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil (i.e. misinterpretations that result in endless messages about stuff that is pure fantasy...)

Real physics can quite magical enough (witness nanotechnology, SI computers, etc.) without going off into the fantasy physics realm.

Greg, if you happed to read this message, I think your lemurs could teach some of the people here a thing or two.