OUR MANIFESTO

WHAT IS TIME?

 

Time, what is it really? An illusion. It doesn’t exist. Our naive perception of its flow doesn’t correspond to physical reality, which is just a complex network of events onto which we project sequences of past, present and future. The whole Universe obeys the laws of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, out of which Time emerges.

However, from a non-ontological point of view, Time is the most useful “tool” that humanity possesses: it lets us project our imagination towards past memories and future desires. Our mind is the ultimate Time-Machine, letting us go back and forth through thoughts and emotions, imagining old and future landscapes we’ve never walked on, ages we’ve never seen and worlds we’ve never lived.

WHAT ARE EMOTIONS?

 

The word “emotion” was first used in 1579, deriving from the French word émouvoir, which means “to stir up”. Academically, the term emotion tried to sum up the terms passion, sentiment and affection. Coined in the early 1800s, the word “emotion” translated into its modern concept around the 1830s.

When it comes to defining the word, many fields worked together towards a unique definition, such as psychology, medicine, history, sociology of emotions, and computer science. In general terms, we could say that emotions are “psychological states brought on by neurophysiological changes, variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioral responses, and a degree of pleasure or displeasure”.

 

WHY ARE EMOTIONS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO TRAVEL THROUGH TIME?

If one had the possibility of doing a short time-travel and of discovering an entire past époque oh his choice, the focus wouldn’t be to see if what he read in his high-school history book was accurate to the detail. Instead, it would be to getting to know historical personalities of that time, living in a significantly different environment from the one he’s used to and, above all, experiencing in a matter of minutes an entire decade, century or millenium of differences in terms of technological progress from the reality he lives in. A journey of this kind would be an experience so rich in emotions that the historical correctness would be secondary to that.

If our present form didn’t feel anything particular during time-traveling, this ladder one just wouldn’t be worth it; such an experience has got the potential to dig deep into the remote parts of our mind where emotions are formed, and this is true because traveling through time means to make the impossible possible, letting the human mind of the present stay cognitively active in front of and next to the eternal flow of what humans have never really been able neither to understand nor to control.