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  1. #1 Where would you look? 
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    This was an idea I once had for a Sci-fi book I was going to write until I realized I didn't have what it takes to be an author.

    In the future a marvelous machine is discovered orbitting the Sun. This machine had been placed there by an ancient alien society. To make a long story short, scientists figure out that the machine is capable of allowing the user to witness anything from the past that occurred within the boundaries of our solar system. Eventually the device becomes the focal point in a battle between the religious might and the non religious minority. Bring the machine back to Earth or destroy it? Especially after the leader of the expedition that found it personally views certain events that compromise the New Earth's religious majority's power grip on the world's populace. Enough of that.

    So, if you could view anything from Earth's past then what are your 3 top choices?

    Personally:

    1. Beginning of life
    2. Dinosaurs
    3. Normandy Invasion

    Honorable mention: the crucifixion, building of the pyramids


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    I would want to see the Dinosaurs deffinately. Then I would probably go to see the hight of the samuri, and then midevil England.


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    why didnt you make a poll?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chamilton333
    why didnt you make a poll?
    I thought of it but my selections might not be for everybody.
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    It is believed that before the big bang the entire universe was contained in a compacted ball of energy the size of a soccer ball. It might be fun to go back before the big bang and play soccer with the universe. :P Too bad it isn't possible, even if we could go back in time. It is believed that outside the universe is a vacuum, so it would suck if I exploded (or should I say it would blow if i exploded ).

    Then I would go back in time and see the dinosaurs like anyone else.

    Finally I would want to see my parents when they were young and older people I know and see how they have changed.
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    These are just my personal favorites, right? I'm not picking three events on which all humanity's understanding of history will depend, right?

    Can I toss in a Universal Translator, so I know what people are saying? Good, thank you.

    1. Pilate's interview with Jesus; I've always wanted to know what how that really went. Of course, I would include the crucifixion, if I had enough time, just because to not do so would be a little like [blasphemy alert] leaving the seventh game of the World Series just to miss traffic.

    2. Darwin's journey on the Beagle; I'd settle just the time on the Galapagos, if necessary. I really want to know to what degree his preconceptions effected his observations; besides, it sounds like it would have been such fun, if one could avoid the bad food, poor sanitary conditions, and real possiblity of death by sea-sickness, if not drowning.

    3. The Defenestration at Prague. Again, because I've always wondered what really happened, but primarily because it just rolls of the tongue.

    Honorable Mentions:
    Rasputin's Murder
    Richard the Third
    The decision of the Greeks to go to war with Troy [there has got to be a lesson for current foreign policy in that].

    But why the Normandy Invasion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by j
    But why the Normandy Invasion?
    I have a passion for War history. Greatest invasion force of all time. There would be a number of WWI battles I would also have loved to witness. Human conflict, as immoral and disgusting as it is, can also provide real hunan drama. I do not advocate war, I just find it fascinating.

    1. Pilate's interview with Jesus

    Universal translator?, of course, no such replay machine would be without it. This was to be the main plot in the book..... religious beliefs debunked and some people in power not willing to accept it. Be careful what you look for because you might not see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos
    ... Be careful what you look for because you might not see it.
    A more pertinent warning to a scientist is to be careful what you look for because you might see only that.

    Actually, that's pretty good advice for everyone, but I think scientist who allow their preconceptions to rule the intrepretation of data do great harm. Then again, so do politicians and prelates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos
    1. Pilate's interview with Jesus

    Universal translator?, of course, no such replay machine would be without it. This was to be the main plot in the book..... religious beliefs debunked and some people in power not willing to accept it. Be careful what you look for because you might not see it.
    1. Pilate's interview with Jesus
    Definitely that would be my first choice... That I might not see it? That's the point, to know if it (or how) actually happened!

    2. My birth

    3. First fire lit by a man/hominid
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    I thought of the first use of fire, too, but then thought it wasn't of sufficient personal interest to me. I picked events where I've always wondered what really happened.

    If I were asked for the most important events in human history, first use of fire would have been on my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuete
    2. My birth
    i guess im lucky.. my parents have my birth on home video. 10 pounds, 3 ounces! :wink:
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    So many choices.....

    1. Nov. 22 1963 in Dallas (JFK)

    2. Ancient Rome (Julius Caeser)

    3. When the land was Pangea
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    I would want to see the greatest four events in Earth's history. Gettting to watch dinosaurs is a corollary!

    1. I would watch 4.3B years ago as a small planet smacked into earth, ripping off most of its crust and its atmosphere. The debris re-formed to create the Moon. The thin crust remaining was capable of supporting continental drift, and the thinned atmosphere was no longer the crushing Venusian greenhouse it had been. Watching the greatest collision in the Solar System, and the formation of the moon is worth a #1 ringside ticket.

    2. I would look at the month before and the months after the Chixulub meteor (did it wipe out the dinosaurs?...or was there another additional cause?) which ended the Cretaceous Era. How did this lead to the rise of the mammals?

    3. I would look at the month before and the months after the greatest extinction, at the Permian / Triassic boundry. 70-90% of all species on earth suddenly died over a span of a few years, the greatest catastrophe in earth's history. Why is perhaps the greatest mystery in the history of earth. As a consequence, all the large lizards died off, leaving room for the early dinosaurs to take over. What happened? Was it a meteor, the Siberian Traps eruption, a nearby star went supernova, or something else?

    4. I would look at the month before and the months the Triassic-Jurassic extinction event 200M yeras ago. In this sudden event, about 20% of al species died including many dinosaur lines, and sea creature lineages. No one knows why. Interesting, the breakup of Pangea is dated to less than 10k years right after this event (too much of a coincidence for me!). A good time to see large dinosaurs too. A must-see !

    Wow, this left me no room to watch man's history. Oh well, our history pales in significance.
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    That concept of being able to go back in time is pretty cool for a story. It would take a long time for us to record all of history. If there was a department that only did that as there jobs it would be like their history would be history itself and how that would effect the future, that's wild. I would want to see as much as I could, but I could only technically see 80 or so years of it if that's how long I lived and all I did.

    Dinosaurs would be awesome.
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    Oh, normandy, definatley. To see what really happened, maybe some of the brutality of the Americans
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