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  1. Time-Travel The Altered Past Paradox

  2. Back to the Future

  3. Back to the Future • In BttF I, Marty travels back to 1955 and helps unite his parents. • In BttF III, Marty travels back to 1855 and rescues Doc Brown. • Marty helps unite his parents (in BttF I) before he rescues Doc Brown (in BttF III). • Marty rescues Doc Brown (in 1855) before he helps unites his parents (in 1955).

  4. Back to the Future • External time is the series of events as ordered by an objective historian. • Personal time is the series of events as experienced by a particular person. • A time-traveler is someone whose personal time diverges from real time.

  5. The Grandfather Paradox • If time travel were possible, it would be possible to kill your grandfather before your father is conceived. • It’s not possible to kill your grandfather before your father is conceived. • [So] Time travel isn’t possible.

  6. The Altered Past Paradox • If time travel were possible, it would be possible to change the past. • It’s not possible to change the past. • [So] Time travel isn’t possible.