National Wormhole Day Blog Hop: March 14th Albert Einstein’s Birthday. Brought to you by Laura Eno and Luanne Smith at Bards and Prophets. More information here!
What would you do or where would you go if you could traverse a wormhole through space or time just once? One safe round trip passage. Would you go back in time and talk some sense into a younger you? Go five years into the future and bring back the Wall Street Journal? See just how the heck the Great Pyramids of Giza were really built? View what the other side of the universe looks like? Kill Hitler?
Because I'm an anthropologist and work with mostly all people who study the past (yeah, there are plenty of cultural anthropologists around, but they like history too), this is one of those questions that gets thrown around a lot. Just what would you DO if you could? The future does appeal to me a lot, because I'd love to see what I end up doing with my life :) But, really, I'm probably end up going back because there are so many mysteries I'd love to figure out. Would I try to figure out if there was a migration into the desert Southwest from Mexico, like I studied for my dissertation? (Answer: um, probably not.)
No, really, I'd probably like to spend a day or two with Gregor Mendel and talk to him about genetics. I'd love to sit down and tell him that his theories and concepts will change the world. Also, I'd love to drop a copy of Mendel's work on Darwin's desk--would it have taken 40 years to re-discover Mendel if Darwin had found his work? Where would we be if there hadn't been that oversight?
I'm fairly certain this wins me some sort of major-nerd award, but I think it would be a great way to spend a trip to the past!
What about you? Where/when would you go?
(What would a time-travel post be without some Doctor references?)