A real backwards world

Discussion in 'RED DWARF UNIVERSE' started by OurJud, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. OurJud

    OurJud Deck Sergeant

    Messages:
    2,020
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    I think we can all agree that the backwards world in RD is littered with inconsistencies and illogicalities, and while what I'm about to say has to be treated on a completely theoretical basis, I thought it may be interesting. I may be wrong.

    What would a 'real' backwards world be like?

    Well, while sitting thinking about this (I was bored) I came to a couple of conclusions, namely that it would be impossible to be either born into a backwards world, or enter one (as the RD crew do).

    The reason for the former of those is obvious, and of course it would be impossible to enter the backwards 'atmosphere', because the second you enter it, you would be thrown back out. This, in fact, would result in being trapped in a terrible 'non' space with no escape.

    So, the only way one could feasibly experience a world running backwards, would be if time in their 'normal' world was suddenly reversed.
     
  2. Stephen

    Stephen Console Officer

    Messages:
    4,986
    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2002
    Location:
    Hillingdon
    We need superman!!

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Springyard

    Springyard Third Technician

    Messages:
    41
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Location:
    North east England
    In a real always backwards world, people would be total automotons. A thought of action would only come in to someone's head after the action itself, it would actually only be a memory of what has already occurred. It seems logical to say that there must have once been a forwards for there to be something to call a backwards which covers the exact same path from a different angle.

    Yet it could be argued that there must have once been a backwards for there to be something to call a forwards. This would appear to make free will an illusion. Most people, indeed, tend to act in predetermined ways based on forces, 'good' or 'bad', that feel peculiar to fight against. Ironically, when people don't act as expected , they're more likely to be regarded as mad. These forces are memories of what a likely outcome is in the environment / company we are in short term and the one we can expect to be in long term. Memories serve no practical use to an automoton other than to comfort in times of hardship.

    What I'm trying to say in a longwinded way is that genuinely free will is close to impossible to comfortably exercise (given that the world is not close to being properly socialist, is culturally extremely different even from one neighbour to another, therefore judgements of worth versus reality are rife).

    Therefore, and I haven't made an interesting scenario, but jolly lives will be jolly backwards, hard lives will be hard backwards. It's not possible events that trouble us so much as ones that have already been. Going backwards will bring us closer to our true self. The child is father of the man. And we'll defecate backwards of course..
     
  4. OurJud

    OurJud Deck Sergeant

    Messages:
    2,020
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    :-D Man you write well!
     
  5. OurJud

    OurJud Deck Sergeant

    Messages:
    2,020
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    As I'm currently reading Backwards, I was reminded of this thread during a passage detailing some of the weirdness that happens in such a world.

    I started thinking about the unpleasant aspects; taking a dump, of course, which is explored at length in the novel, but then I began imagining other things - hiccups would feel very odd, as would a sneeze. But I think the worst - which the more I thought about, the more depressing it got - would be bereavement. Imagine going through the bereavement process in reverse? Instead of slowly feeling better as the heart heals, your sadness would gradually increase and then start to accelerate to the point where you thought your world had collapsed.

    Very unpleasant.
     
  6. Mardroid

    Mardroid Console Officer

    Messages:
    2,909
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2004
    True, but then your loved one would come back to life and grow (or is it 'ungrow'?) younger.
     

Share This Page