If you could go back in time and change a part of your life, would the changes going forward affect parts of the world outside your life? In Alfred Bester’s sci-fi story, “The Men Who Murdered Mohammed,” is this:
“My boy, time is entirely subjective. It’s a private matter. . . . We each travel into our own past, and no other person’s. There is no universal continuum, Henry. There are only billions of individuals, each with his own continuum; and one continuum cannot affect the other. We’ve like millions of strands of spaghetti in the same pot. . . . Each of us must travel up and down his strand alone.”
(Quoted from pages 206-207 of Time Travel: A History, by James Gleick. Pantheon Books, 2016.)
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