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WYR: Teleportation or time travel…?

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Would you rather teleport to any location, or time travel to any time period? Read the pro’s and con’s for each option before sharing your preference.

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I would rather teleport to any location! Staying in the same place bores me to tears. Teleportation would make life infinitely more interesting. As soon as I have seen all there is to see, I would zap to a new city or country.

While I could certainly hop on a train or plane anytime, traveling is pricey and is filled with delays. With teleportation, however, it would be hassle-free!
I would rather teleport to any time period! I am so curious about what happened or is about to happen. While some say that ignorance is bliss, I say that knowledge is power! I could answer many mysteries and have more knowledge than anyone.

Every day would be filled with discovery and exploration. Beyond books or movies, I would get a front row seat to major and minor historical events!

Would you rather have the ability to teleport or time travel?

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  1. There are many problems with this “debate.” For one, the notion of time travel cancels itself out from the start. You can’t go back in time because the first time didn’t include you being there from the future, so it’s not the same. Your presence changes it, so it’s not the past anymore. The idea of teleporting, while hardly possible to imagine it being a thing that could ever be done, at least doesn’t change what happened in the past or create a different future that would have been had you not gone there. The pros and cons don’t make sense. The pros and cons for Teleporting assume that there is no charge to do it, but nothing indicates that it wouldn’t be even pricier than traveling in conventional ways. It also assumes that teleportation would be allowed everywhere without the hassles. Who’s to say that there wouldn’t be document requirements and long waits in line to get to the teleportation device, or that there wouldn’t be any rules like what you can bring with you, or if you have to wear a special suit that would make it uncomfortable to move around once you get there, etc. Next, in the Time Travel list, the author included teleportation as being part of time travel, so he isn’t making a choice between the two, he is choosing both. His reasoning is flawed because of the reasons mentioned above. He also misquotes and derives an erroneous conclusion from a saying that goes, “If ignorance were bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” No great thinker ever said ignorance is bliss. That’s just ignorant. He would not get a front row seat to any historical events because those events did not include him sitting there watching the first time around, so it wouldn’t be the same event. And finally, if he had more knowledge than anyone, he would have to hang around a bunch of people who can’t relate to him… that is, of course, assuming you are the only one who could time travel, so what good would that knowledge do him; or, how does he know everyone else hasn’t already time-traveled and are already full of knowledge that he doesn’t have? Both of these sets of pros and cons involve so many assumptions and poor reasoning that the question is meaningless. But, leaving those unhelpful arguments out of it, I would say that the notion of teleportation is much more appealing to me than time travel.

    1. Kim, this is the best response ever written to a would-you-rather-debate. Before reading your comment, I would have certainly picked time travel… now I am leaning towards teleportation, though it seems like it could become very bureaucratic and not as fun as I once imagined. I suppose my final answer is: I would chose teleportation if I am the only person allowed to teleport and mass-less time travel if I am guaranteed at least a back-row seat to all events through a invisibility cloak that lets me attend events without changing the space-time continuum.

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