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MattB247
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Sheldor
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Time travel will never happen in any depth, even if it becomes possible.

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Started: 3/10/2013 Category: Science
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MattB247

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I have long held a view that, should time travel ever become a reality, it would be stopped before any serious time travelling could occur. Putting aside theoretical disruptions of the current time stream through interaction with the past and assuming that was safeguarded against, I have long theorised that the main obstacle would be religion, and the powers that be in each religion would use their influence and power to stop it from happening.

There are three main situations that could arise:
1. A particular religion is proven to be correct through, for example, travelling back to Jesus' birth for example and witnessing it. Great for that religion, devastating for the others.
2. A particular religion could be proven incorrect: for example, travelling back to witness Jesus' birth and nothing happened, or finding no trace of him in a time line. GoodBad for that religion, good for the others.
3. The time travellers could travel back to a point in the creation of the planet, pre-religion, and thus prove that no entity created the Earth and so disproving all religions. Bad for all religions.

As much as the propagation of religion is faith based, there are specifics in most religions which could be proved / disproved, or at least cast in doubt, by a visit.

A lot of organisations would lose all of their power, wealth and influence if they were shown to be based on nothing.

It would likely also cause a partial or full breakdown of elements of society as some realise that they've got no hope four the future, they've based their whole life as a lie, they realise they can free themselves of moral constraints that their religion imposed on them etc. Not to mention governments having to deal with millions of people who suddenly have mo moral compass or spiritual lead in their life, but that's another subject!

For these, and other, reasons, I want to debate this proposition.
Sheldor

Con

I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
MattB247

Pro

MattB247 forfeited this round.
Sheldor

Con

I contend that we travel forward in time on a daily basis. Therefore time travel does happen, at many depths.
Debate Round No. 2
MattB247

Pro

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Sheldor

Con

Sheldor forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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