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BOOTSTRAP PARADOX, When Origin is Stuck in a Circle of Cause and Effect

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Bootstrap paradox

Bootstrap Paradox Since the 1940s, Boostrap Paradox has been well known in science fiction TV Series such as Continuum and Doctor Who, dealing with the bootstrap paradox as both series involve time travel.

The story that raises the passage of time is always associated with a paradox, the consequences that must be faced and must be avoided.

The term “bootstrap paradox” was later adopted and popularized through a science fiction story written by writer Robert A. Heinlein with the title By His Bootstraps (1941).

This book tells the story of a man named Bob Wilson, who travels through time using a time portal.

In the story, Bob Wilson is doing time traveling to the past, when he is in the past, he meets himself who is in the past.

At the same time, Wilson also gave a book, then headed back to the time portal.

When Wilson started looking at his old book, he didn’t just leave a gift from his future self, then rewrote the book, and decided to throw away the original, and keep the copies he had written.

After doing this, at certain times Wilson began to feel that something was wrong, occasionally he reflected on the events that he had experienced, a question that he found very difficult to answer appeared in his mind “when he rewrote the book he brought from the future, actually the book is still one, because he copied not wrote based on his own ideas, which became the real question “who is the author of the book, where did the information written in the book come from?”.

The answer does not need to be thought about, let alone answered, okay,

In 1980, a film called Somewhere In Time featured a story related to the Boostrap Paradox involving an object, and the object here is a watch.

In 1972, a man named Christopher Reeve in the main role in the film, was given a watch by an old woman, who then Reeve returned to 1912 to give the watch to the old woman when she was young. The young woman then completed an infinite loop by giving the watch to Reeve in 1972 when she was older.

At first glance it may seem that there is nothing wrong with the above story, but experts consider it an inconsistency and violates the second law of Thermodynamics, the law states that entropy will always increase over time, and that goes against the cycle of time and watches that don’t age.

I’m starting to get dizzy, this isn’t over yet: someone must be asking what is Entropy?

If you have watched the film Tennet by Christopher Nollan, you must be familiar with the term Entropy, because throughout the story, this film discusses time travel, Entropy and the Bootstrap paradox.

in short Entropy is a disordered state of the molecules of an object, for example fruit left to rot will rot over time, Reeve watches will experience aging and even damage with time.

Why is the Bootstrap paradox in the film Somewhere In Time said to be inconsistent?

What makes it inconsistent is the scene where the young woman completes Infinite Loop.

If a person is trapped in the Bootstrap Padarox phenomenon, he should not be able to change anything there, because there is no beginning and no end, and no one knows the cause and effect, as in the case of Wilson who came from the future giving a book to himself in the past, what happened was the initial information of the book.

In the story Somewhere In Time; The “young woman” has in fact violated one of the rules of time travel by completing an infinite loop, which makes the time travel activity impossible.

A Russian scientist named Igor Novikov said that some paradoxes such as the grandfather paradox can be avoided as long as time traveling activities meet “Self-Consistency”, which means that time travelers can move forward into the future, or go back into the past without changing anything, but other consequences will be a new paradox arises and the paradox that is being discussed now is the Bootstrap Paradox.

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Scientists explain self-consistency with an illustration of a billiard ball; if the billiard ball goes into the time machine and then appears on the other side and collides with itself so it doesn’t enter the time machine, then it will be a paradox

When the billiard ball hits itself repeatedly into the time machine, this is consistent, but this results in a continuous time loop. And as a result of the concept, a new paradox emerged called the bootstrap paradox.

That’s what happened in the Tennet movie, but even Tennet they didn’t openly say that it was a time machine, but rather reversed entropy, this was quite clear when the conversation took place between the protagonist and Neil, because so far the mention of a time machine is more synonymous with “change an event in the past”. Likewise Avenger End Game, they do not explicitly say the tool used is a time machine, because their goal is not to change the past.

In order to avoid some of these paradoxes, Tennet took another route, namely the Causal Loop through the Entropy turning machine, while Avenger End Game took the Multiverse path through the Quantum Realm portal.

Both of these options do not change anything, but look for information on the whereabouts of a lost object in the present, by following the trail or borrowing information from the past. Tennet borrows information to find the artifact stolen by the Sator (the Antagonist), while Avenger End Game borrows an infinity stone.

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