Moving Forward (Backward)
“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. – George Orwell
John Cramer, the physicist at the University of Washington who first proposed the Transactional Interpretation of entanglement, is currently working on the realistic possibility of sending information back in time. The subjective experience of his experiment’s success — receiving a laser signal before it has been sent — would be that of observing effect before cause.
A central issue raised by retrocausal signaling is what Cramer calls the immaculate conception paradox:
“Suppose… you receive from yourself in the future the manuscript of a wonderful novel with your name listed as the author. You sell it, it is published, it becomes a best-seller, and you become rich and famous. When the time subsequently comes for transmission, you duly send the manuscript back to yourself, thereby closing the timelike loop and producing a completely consistent set of events. But the question is, just who actually wrote the novel?
Clearly, you did not; you merely passed it along to yourself. Yet highly structured information (the novel) has been created out of nothing. And in this case, Nature should not object, because there are no inconsistent timelike loops.”
Cramer — whose credentials include work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, work at CERN (the world’s largest particle physics laboratory), and the position of director of the UW’s nuclear physics laboratory in the 1980’s — was unable to secure traditional funding for his time experiment. At last tally, private donations had reached over $40,000, enabling him to move forward with his research. Cramer has said that he will start making measurements this month.
Strange Science Takes Time – MSNBC: Cosmic Log