Saturday, October 8, 2011

Word of the Day 10/8/11


 Word of the Day
"Allons-y, alonzo!"



bootstrap paradox [boot-strap-par-uh-doks]
noun
1 . a paradox of time travel in which information or objects can exist without being created. After information or an object is sent back in time, it is recovered in the present, and becomes the very object/information that was initially brought back in time in the first place.

EX.  For example, in the classic 2007 episode of Dr. Who, "Blink," the Doctor records a message on film in 1969 in the form of a half-conversation. The other half is then provided by Lawrence Nightingale, after she sees the film in 2007, and then she hands the transcript to the Doctor before he goes back to 1969, thus creating a time paradox in which the scripted conversation has no clear origin. This is a perfect example of a bootstap paradox.

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