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2013-12-02 08:48:33 PM
blogs.nature.com
 
2013-12-02 08:59:07 PM
Hello Sweetie
 
2013-12-02 09:01:48 PM
If I'm going to waste the plutonium to go to a party, it's going to be one at the playboy mansion.
 
2013-12-02 09:09:47 PM
I thought no one came.
 
2013-12-02 09:12:54 PM
In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s and no one ever cared enough to show up to his party. It certainly didn't look fun. If all time is available to be visited, I can understand that it might be much more appealing to be anywhere else.
 
2013-12-02 09:17:03 PM
Old news is so exciting!

/blows dust off meme
 
2013-12-02 09:17:19 PM

Doc Batarang: In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s and no one ever cared enough to show up to his party. It certainly didn't look fun. If all time is available to be visited, I can understand that it might be much more appealing to be anywhere else.


2.bp.blogspot.com
Your move, Doc.
 
2013-12-02 09:18:39 PM

ajgeek: I thought no one came.


Not yet, sweetie.
 
2013-12-02 09:19:52 PM

ajgeek: I thought no one came.


Sucks to live before the first loop, doesn't it?
 
2013-12-02 09:27:35 PM
images1.mtv.com
 
2013-12-02 09:28:43 PM
As someone who helped design his most recent computer upgrade, I can assure you that there are no time travel components involved at all.

None.  At.  All.
 
2013-12-02 09:29:46 PM
it's been done:  http://web.mit.edu/adorai/timetraveler/

spoiler alert: nobody showed up.
 
2013-12-02 09:42:35 PM

Doc Batarang: In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s


Lamarck was an incredibly influential figure in the history of natural history. His work was well regarded in his time and for over a century afterwards (including by Darwin hisself), and even the contemporaries who thought he was wrong thought he was brilliantly wrong. He was never "ultra-minor."

I'm not saying there aren't big dummies that nobody cared about, but he wasn't one of them. Don't step to le Chevalier!
 
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2013-12-02 09:56:06 PM
If Hawking wasn't handicapped, would anyone even know his name?
 
2013-12-02 09:57:28 PM

semiotix: Doc Batarang: In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s

Lamarck was an incredibly influential figure in the history of natural history. His work was well regarded in his time and for over a century afterwards (including by Darwin hisself), and even the contemporaries who thought he was wrong thought he was brilliantly wrong. He was never "ultra-minor."

I'm not saying there aren't big dummies that nobody cared about, but he wasn't one of them. Don't step to le Chevalier!


He only created a theoretical framework for evolution, but screw it, he decided that protogiraffes kept reaching for high trees until they made it, so he's a dumbass. (I have a soft spot for Lamarck, especially with some discoveries of epigenetic changes)

Stephen Jay Gould gives him some credit.
 
2013-12-02 09:59:30 PM
Not the apple story again....
 
2013-12-02 10:04:27 PM

chard: it's been done:  http://web.mit.edu/adorai/timetraveler/

spoiler alert: nobody showed up.


Maybe all the time travelers are going back in time to a better party for them. Like lets say 300 years from now, between now and when time travel is invented, someone throws a really massive, insanely raging, door busting whirlwind of a party complete with massive coke-fueled supermodel orgy and invites time travelers to THAT. A party that goes on for months before finally dispersing spontaneously under the weight of the high number of catastrophic liver implosions and the entirely new VD which evolves over the course of this party.

Who the fark is ever going to go visit some nerds in a utility room at their university with plastic cups, the Starland Vocal Band playing and a sign up sheet? And that's even assuming they remember it in the first place. The few that do remember will never have any doubt where they'd want to go...
 
2013-12-02 10:14:29 PM
I was there.
That is to say, I will be there.

I will have been there?

Fark, this is confusing.
 
2013-12-02 10:17:19 PM

NFA: If Hawking wasn't handicapped, would anyone even know his name?


Unequivocally yes. Clearly you know nothing of his work.
 
2013-12-02 10:26:28 PM

drumhellar: I was there.
That is to say, I will be there.

I will have been there?

Fark, this is confusing.


It was a pretty awesome blowout. I met my second wife there, while I was still married to my third wife.
 
2013-12-02 10:29:28 PM
i291.photobucket.com

Well, that was disappointing.
 
2013-12-02 10:30:46 PM
www.quickmeme.com

If time travel really does exist at a later time, then Hawking's party should have had at least several million people attending.
 
2013-12-02 10:31:08 PM
Silly Steven Hawking. We all showed up, but since our arrival immediately split the universe into another branch, he'd have to traverse through to the parallel universe where it happened to talk to his branched self and find out who was there.

The BTTF time travel theory is wrong.

It's like those idiots downstream who keep griping about people killing Hitler and messing up the "timeline" - geesh. We've killed Hitler dozens of times. Mostly it just results in Stalin invading Europe by 1960, and a world-wide socialist dystopia by 2000. The Jews still end up getting massacred as "enemies of the people". Heck, we didn't even need to kill Hitler in many cases, in many universes, he never became the leader of Nazi Germany.

Temporal Historical Forensics is fascinating, really. Just don't lose the homing beacon, or you'll end up stuck in that universe.
 
2013-12-02 10:36:25 PM

LesserEvil: Just don't lose the homing beacon, or you'll end up stuck in that universe.


static2.wikia.nocookie.net

Is that supposed to be a joke? Good, we hate those too.
 
2013-12-02 10:38:07 PM

drumhellar: I was there.
That is to say, I will be there.

I will have been there?

Fark, this is confusing.


The proper conjugation would be "I wollen have been."
 
2013-12-02 10:39:25 PM

whidbey: [www.quickmeme.com image 600x390]

If time travel really does exist at a later time, then Hawking's party should have had at least several million people attending.


It does, but the time loop where the time travelers arrived is much more fun that this bubble where we don't yet know that it is possible. Unfortunately for us, it really did change the world.
 
2013-12-02 10:40:52 PM

cheer: drumhellar: I was there.
That is to say, I will be there.

I will have been there?

Fark, this is confusing.

The proper conjugation would be "I wollen have been."


Unless you were time travelling while making the statement, possibly with the intent of becoming your own mother and/or father.
 
2013-12-02 10:41:13 PM
A Guide to Time Travel  Link
 
2013-12-02 10:45:27 PM
A. Entropy.

Q. Why do we see time in only one direction?
 
2013-12-02 10:59:00 PM

Fano: semiotix: Doc Batarang: In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s

Lamarck was an incredibly influential figure in the history of natural history. His work was well regarded in his time and for over a century afterwards (including by Darwin hisself), and even the contemporaries who thought he was wrong thought he was brilliantly wrong. He was never "ultra-minor."

I'm not saying there aren't big dummies that nobody cared about, but he wasn't one of them. Don't step to le Chevalier!

He only created a theoretical framework for evolution, but screw it, he decided that protogiraffes kept reaching for high trees until they made it, so he's a dumbass. (I have a soft spot for Lamarck, especially with some discoveries of epigenetic changes)

Stephen Jay Gould gives him some credit.


I think Doc's main point is really that even though he may deserve credit for his influence and contributions it doesn't matter because pretty much everyone would go back to meet Darwin instead. The further time goes on the more names are added to the list of folks to go back to see. You have to realize that as we look back in history a few names will stand out, and the further back that is the fewer names there will be.

Ask which figure someone wants to go back in time to visit 30 years ago and they'll have a bunch of names. Ask them which one they want to meet in 1500 though and the list is going to be a lot shorter. Sure Spazzio Guidusco contributed a lot to the art movement of his day, but everyone's going to want to meet Day Vinci instead. Nobody's going to even know who Guidusco was anymore, and the few specialists who do aren't going to pass up on Da Vinci instead.
 
2013-12-02 11:00:32 PM
Repeat, mods. This was listed tomorrow.
 
2013-12-02 11:16:41 PM
So I'm John Titor, and I can go to the birthday party of some dude in a wheelchair who does 11-dimensional partial differentials in his head for a living and can't even mumble anymore.

Or I can go to Lindsay Lohan's sweet 16, and probably totes bang her in the pooper.

Choices, choices. Mute math dude, or Lindsay Lohan's sweet pooper.

We need Lindsay Lohan to invite time travellers to her 16th birthday party.
 
2013-12-02 11:17:40 PM
You didn't get my RSVP from 1983?
 
2013-12-02 11:22:18 PM

italie:


Nice!
 
2013-12-02 11:29:37 PM
OK, here's an idea.

Let's say time travel gets invented in the 28th century.

Maybe Hawking doesn't remember anyone coming to his party because it's not the 28th century yet!

After all, nobody's yet decided to go back in time.

Maybe the 29th century will know that in the 21st century, Hawking had a crazy birthday party with Tom Baker, Captain Janeway, Stewie Griffin and the two guys from Primer.

Then again, maybe Hawking gets assassinated at this birthday party because his grandson is going to be a future MegaHitler.

Or maybe nobody goes, because who would want to hang out with Hawking when, again, you could go to Lindsay Lohan's sweet 16 and etc etc pooper.
 
2013-12-02 11:33:37 PM
Who and when was the first moon landing...
 
2013-12-02 11:33:37 PM

NFA: If Hawking wasn't handicapped, would anyone even know his name?


Yes. They'd know him because of his PHAT BEATS!

tonymooreillustration.com
 
2013-12-02 11:37:56 PM
Maybe it's like that episode of Doctor Who where even though they help Van Gogh, he still kills himself.

Maybe everyone showed up to Hawking's party, and it just sucked so bad that they left before he realized it.
 
2013-12-02 11:42:31 PM
www.blastr.com
 
2013-12-02 11:46:20 PM

ajgeek: I thought no one came.


After what he did at the 2018 party I can see why.
 
2013-12-02 11:48:39 PM

mongbiohazard: Fano: semiotix: Doc Batarang: In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s

Lamarck was an incredibly influential figure in the history of natural history. His work was well regarded in his time and for over a century afterwards (including by Darwin hisself), and even the contemporaries who thought he was wrong thought he was brilliantly wrong. He was never "ultra-minor."

I'm not saying there aren't big dummies that nobody cared about, but he wasn't one of them. Don't step to le Chevalier!

He only created a theoretical framework for evolution, but screw it, he decided that protogiraffes kept reaching for high trees until they made it, so he's a dumbass. (I have a soft spot for Lamarck, especially with some discoveries of epigenetic changes)

Stephen Jay Gould gives him some credit.

I think Doc's main point is really that even though he may deserve credit for his influence and contributions it doesn't matter because pretty much everyone would go back to meet Darwin instead. The further time goes on the more names are added to the list of folks to go back to see. You have to realize that as we look back in history a few names will stand out, and the further back that is the fewer names there will be.

Ask which figure someone wants to go back in time to visit 30 years ago and they'll have a bunch of names. Ask them which one they want to meet in 1500 though and the list is going to be a lot shorter. Sure Spazzio Guidusco contributed a lot to the art movement of his day, but everyone's going to want to meet Day Vinci instead. Nobody's going to even know who Guidusco was anymore, and the few specialists who do aren't going to pass up on Da Vinci instead.


Wow. I had picked Lamarck because I had just seen something else that mentioned him just before and couldn't think of a discredited physicist. I picked someone like him because of two reasons, the first is close to mongbiohazard's notion that IF one can travel through all space and time and meet anybody, they would probably meet someone who was much more influential overall. The second idea is something along the lines of a conservation of time travel in that meeting Lamarck would be a great temptation to "correct"Lamarck instead of just interacting with him. That would also be slightly rude.

www.thelocal.se

Lastly, The party to be at is where this woman is.
 
2013-12-03 12:03:19 AM

Doc Batarang: IF one can travel through all space and time and meet anybody, they would probably meet someone who was much more influential overall


If you were a time traveler, eventually you'd run out of those people and move on to others.

Hell, after I hit the usual historical suspects I'd probably just warp around trying to convince people to leave Bill Watterson alone.
 
2013-12-03 12:11:36 AM
Doc Batarang: the second idea is something along the lines of a conservation of time travel in that meeting Lamarck would be a great temptation to "correct"Lamarck instead of just interacting with him.

I wouldn't. Dude had a temper. He'd biatch-slap you so hard your  children would be born with red marks on their face.

I kid, of course. But it's actually kind of an interesting thought experiment. How would you go about "fixing" Lamarck on the subject of heredity? Or any given "wrong" scientist to your "right" understanding of things? Setting aside quibbles about language and social issues, if you were limited to the materials and evidence available in any given time and place, how much would you have to know, how many of your basic epistemological assumptions would they reject out of hand, how preposterous would they regard your "method," etc.

I'm pretty science literate, and I could definitely give the big names in the history of science something to think about. I could get a reputation as a guy with fun, crazy ideas.  But I think they'd tear me to shreds when it came time to offer them with "proof" that my explanations for things were better than the ones they already had on most things. At best I'd have a good shot at showing problems with their framework--but then there arealways unexplained phenomena.
 
2013-12-03 12:18:21 AM
That lush! I was at his party, he was drinking like a fish and doing donuts on the lawn in his chair. I left early, but I heard he took a shiat in the pool at one point. It's true, man! Hawking straight up beefed in the deep end, I'm talking four or five forearm-sized logs, then made one of his grad students chase it around with a piece of string; he was laughing hysterically and yelling "M SPACE! M SPACE! TAKE IT TO M SPACE!" Then he goes and says nobody was there. he just f*cking forgot, that's all
 
2013-12-03 12:45:43 AM

Doc Batarang: Wow. I had picked Lamarck because I had just seen something else that mentioned him just before and couldn't think of a discredited physicist.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Hoyle

Fred Hoyle wasn't a failure as a physicist, just a controversial figure and high-profile skeptic of the "Big Bang" theory of the universe's creation. He coined the term "Big Bang" intending it to be a term of ridicule.

He'd probably be a fan of the "Big Bang Theory" TV show, though, everyone seems to like that.
 
2013-12-03 01:40:41 AM
No thanks.  2009 was a crummy year the first time around, I don't intend to go back.
 
2013-12-03 02:52:42 AM

Fano: Doc Batarang: In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s and no one ever cared enough to show up to his party. It certainly didn't look fun. If all time is available to be visited, I can understand that it might be much more appealing to be anywhere else.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 399x315]
Your move, Doc.


Makes me think of
pbfcomics.com
 
2013-12-03 03:11:01 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Makes me think of
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Which makes me think of

static1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-12-03 04:29:50 AM
C'mon, subby, don't be such an idiot. It's "Professor Stephen Hawkings ARE having a party". Stephen Hawking: singular. Stephen Hawkings: plural.
 
2013-12-03 05:04:53 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Fano: Doc Batarang: In the far future when time travel is possible, perhaps Stephen Hawking is regarded as an ultra-minor figure in the development of science and technology. Maybe he's regarded as the Lamarck of the 90s and no one ever cared enough to show up to his party. It certainly didn't look fun. If all time is available to be visited, I can understand that it might be much more appealing to be anywhere else.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 399x315]
Your move, Doc.

Makes me think of
[pbfcomics.com image 850x283]


You might be surprised.
 
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