time travel and pickover…

A natural misconception of time travel is the form in which it takes place- that it is a structured method by means of a man-made object or machine. What is time travel? The idea that one can, in theory, change his previous actions to create new results or jump into the future to take a sneak peak of what is to come. With technological and scientific advancements, is it not possible that within the next thousand years, a form of time travel could manifest itself? Or are we perhaps searching for something that is already in our grasp? –From on Time Travel and Seperate Realities December 27th

My goal for this year is to write one essay a week throughout the year and collect them into a book that I hope to be published. This is a little sliver of my first essay on time travel being an actuality instead of a possibility. It was inspired by the book Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves by Clifford A. Pickover. Because the book inspired me to write this eight-paged thesis, I decided–what the heck. So I sent it off to Pickover himself, and was suprised and delighted when he replied. Here is the email for your (and my) gratification:

From: Cliff Pickover

To: Claire Nusbaum <cl.nusbaum@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sun, December 27, 2009 4:17:40 PM
Subject: Re: On Time Travel

Hi Claire, nice to hear from you!

How did you learn about my book “Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves”?
The follow-on to that book is “A Beginner’s Guide to Immortality.”

Thanks for sharing with me your essay.  Judging from what you wrote,
you might enjoy “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle.
Tolle’s idea is that we are unhappy because we live too much in the past (perhaps regretting some events)
or we live too much in the future (thinking only about how life will be once we attain some goal or status) —
but we don’t know how to be happy here and now, which is the location in which we actually spend our lives
He gives tips for trying to be more aware of the beauty of the “now.”

Sometime, tell me more about yourself.  Thanks, and happy holidays!

Regards, Cliff  


On Sun, Dec 27, 2009 at 5:27 PM, Claire Nusbaum <cl.nusbaum@yahoo.com> wrote:

Hi, my name is Claire Nusbaum and I have a huge favor to ask of you. Personally I consider you one of my literary heroes and was inspired by your book Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves. I wrote a short essay on time travel, and thought that if you had a spare moment, you might take a look at it? I’m a senior in highschool, but I aspire to be a writer and metaphysicist, and I find your books the most intriguing I have read in a long time.

hope to hear from you,

Claire. 🙂

I screamed when he popped up in my inbox.


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