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Is time travel allowed: The Chronology Protection Conjecture

The Human Collective
Published on 04 Feb 2023 / In Science

Time travel has long been a dream of scientists and story tellers alike, but does the universe protect itself from time travel. If time travel is possible then it throws up the possibility of some strange and unwanted paradoxes such as the Grandfather paradox and the bootstrap paradox. In the 1990s Stephen Hawking postulated the idea that the universe protects itself from time travel in something he called the Chronology Protection Conjecture. In this video we look at this and other protective measures that the universe might have against the actions of wayward time travellers.

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