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The Recipient of this Message

Wednesday, 17 December 3037

Dear Recipient

If you have successfully received and deciphered this message, you may be surprised to know that it has been transmitted not just from very far away in space, but also from very far away in time. Although it is highly unlikely that it is 1901-1907 (Gregorian: 1894- 1900, Hijri: 1311-1317, Hebrew: 5654-5660, Indian Standard: 1816-1822) from your frame of reference, it is theoretically possible for it to be as early as this when you read our message (This is because electromagnetic wave transmission and reception was still in its infancy during this period).

As we compose this message, we are in the year 3037 or approximately 3041 on the Gregorian calendar, 2494 on the Islamic Hijri, 6801 on the Hebrew calendar and 2963 on the Indian Standard Calendar. If you have received this message in its entirety, you may refer to the index where we explain how to convert from our calendar to all those from your times.

To begin with, let us clear a most obvious doubt from your mind. You’re probably asking yourself, “This is a practical joke, is it not”? Well, depending on the era in which you have received our message, you’ll either easily digest the fact that this message is indeed real, or shall dismiss it as a prank played by your neighbour. You see, ever since humans started capturing electromagnetic signals from outer-space, they have on several occasions received some of very high intensities: signals that seem to have come from the most distant reaches of the observable-universe. In the early days of experiments on radio signal-detection, many people proposed that these signals might have been transmitted by intelligent alien life. Unfortunately, all recorded attempts to decipher those signals were unsuccessful. The fact, however, is that they are indeed signs of intelligent life, but not alien! These are signals that have been transmitted across temporal barriers; and you, the reader / listener / sensor are someone who has the privilege of consuming them. If you happen to live in anywhere from the 20th to the 25th century (our calendar), you may have a progressively harder time believing that this is not a prank. The reason for this is simple: If you exist in the earliest days of radio transmission, there is a very little chance that many people around you own equipment sophisticated enough to transmit such a message. If you’re from a more modern age (say 500 to 600 years from the time this message is written), you may think that your neighbour’s child is playing with his or her new toy. However, if you’re on or above the trough defined by the era when practical time-travel became understandable, you may be able to digest this fact more easily since you know it is possible to transmit electromagnetic waves on a retrograde curve. If it is just yesterday and you are but me reading this message, then congratulate yourself. Negative time-transmission of signals has been tested practically for the first time in history by you tomorrow! A graph showing the ease-of-belief of this message (on a scale of 0 to 10) is shown below. Since nobody in our recorded history has ever received such a message, the data used to create the graph is hypothetical. However, it strongly models several parallel, executed actions.

From 2221 onwards, it became increasingly easy to transmit high-power signals into the deepest reaches of the universe and to reflect those signals in near-totality by aiming them at large parabolic grau-fields (a distortion in the fabric of space). Also, from 2281 onwards, there was a sharp increase in knowledge about the practicality of time-travel; and in 2729, a solid treatise was published that discussed sending information back in time. Of course, from then onwards, it should have become much easier to believe in a message like this.

You may be wondering whether this could be a classic time-paradox, and that you’re holding in your hands/screens/extra-retinal screens a Letter that Nobody Wrote. To understand this situation, consider this: You find this message and decide to store it for posterity. Stored for posterity, indeed; it ends up in our hands eons later, and we decide to copy it word-for-word and transmit it back in time, when you find it again! The question that arises is who had written this message in the first place! Let us assure you that such a situation can never arise. Time-travel, you see, is like retracing a curve drawn on a plastic film with a very fine ball-point pen. No matter how hard you try, you can never retrace the exact path you initially drew. You always end up drawing multiple curves. So, should matter or information travel back in time, the path it is going to take will be ever so slightly different from the path it originally took to reach its present. This ensures that there is always a starting point and that no paradox occurs. It is entirely possible that the sequences of events that you have experienced as history are different from those that we have, and that your future doesn’t materialise to be the present that is ours. It is generally accepted that these timelines diverge, or flare out. They look a bit like this:

If you exist in the time period denoted by point P and the timeline that you’ve experienced throughout your lifetime is x (the black one), then travelling back in time may take you along a timeline called y (coloured red). Notice the divergence of y from x as we go further back in time. This means that the further you travel backward or forward in time, the more different will be the world where you’ll end up, from where your timeline’s history or future should have taken or will take you. Several other divergence points are illustrated. The point R further diverges from the timeline y into the timeline z. Also, travelling forward in time on the timeline x, it is possible to diverge at a point S into the timeline w (green). The most obvious outcome of this result is that if you choose to record this message and manage to preserve and popularise it enough by the year 3037, possibly nobody will compose it as an original thought and transmit it back in time.

Before going further, please be aware that this message has probably not been composed in the language you’re reading it in. Over the years, we have accumulated a vast repository of most ancient languages and have developed a sophisticated neural algorithm that can simultaneously translate a 10007 word message into 9767 languages in one second. We have encoded this message in all modern and ancient languages that we know. If your timeline doesn’t flare out much from ours, then you may be able to understand this message very easily. We know that the odds of existing in the perfect timeline, catching this signal at the perfect time and happening to decode it into the very language you understand are very low, but we have tried our best to transmit it in all languages and at very high intensities across very closely spaced temporal bands. Also, to ensure enough redundancy, we shall transmit at least 100007 copies of this message. This effectively means that the biggest gaps between the occurrences of this message’s signals will be close to 3 to 5 months at any time after the year 1907. If this message ends abruptly (which is highly possible), please keep trying. Given that you’ve managed to decode it once, you’re now better poised to receive and translate it again. Also, it should be quite obvious that you probably may not receive the fragments of this message in the correct sequence of transmission.

Premises stated; it is time to tell you who we are and why we are doing this. We are a team of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, philosophers and historians working for a private organisation called Tydyätr. The organization was founded in 3017 solely to make time-travel practical and affordable. If we manage to transmit this message back in time, we will have covered the first milestone of our long journey: Transferring information retroactively. We live on a moitié of the Earth called Ferligt. Our moitié specializes in science, technology and the arts. The other moitié, which complements us by providing commercial and defensive services, is known as Karŷ. The government of the Earth functions from the border state of Ke<<SIGNAL<<INTERRUPTED<<TERMINATING<<STREAM<<06222011001755<<<<

(We’ll keep scanning for other signals)


Written by parrymathur

June 23, 2011 at 1827

Posted in the signal

Depth of Knowledge Vs Breadth of Knowledge

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You can understand what the premise is by just reading the title of the post. So here’s an infographic showing which combination of knowledge-depth and knowledge-breadth is known as what (names imagined by me)!


Written by parrymathur

June 23, 2011 at 1810

Posted in Uncategorized

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