Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Continuing To Explore The Wisdom Of Manse Everard

Manse has referred metaphorically to miserly gods, then to a fundamental cosmic capriciousness. Next he speculates about Jungian synchrony:

"...the structure of the plenum...isn't just changeable in time as well as space. It seems to be subtler and trickier than they see fit to teach us at the Academy. Coincidences can be more than accidents. Maybe Jung glimpsed a little of the truth, in his notions about synchrony - I dunno. The universe isn't for the likes of me to understand. I only work here."
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), p. 261.

For Jungian "synchronicity," see here.

Because spatial relationships change, we refer to time as the relationship between a spatial relationship changed from and a spatial relationship changed to. If temporal relationships were to change, then there would have to be a succession of four dimensional spatiotemporal continua, e.g.:

in the first continuum, the Scipios survive the Battle of Ticinus and Rome wins the Second Punic War;

in the second continuum, the Scipios are killed at Ticinus and Carthage wins the Second Punic War, now calling it the Second Roman War;

the relationship between the two continua would be a second temporal dimension in which it is meaningful to say that now history is different.

But Everard suspects that something more is happening. But he does not understand what. We all work in the universe and some of us are retired here! We can try to understand it both for practical purposes and as a theoretical exercise.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And one of your most striking contributions to commentary on PA's Time Patrol stories was to argue, convincingly, that "deleted" timelines did not simply cease to exist, to having never BEEN at all. Rather, argued they became inaccesible to persons in the Time Patrol continuum.