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John Titor: Method of Gravity Distortion and Time Displacement Patent

By on July 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm - 2 Comments

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On October 1, 2004, Marlin Pohlman filed a patent application for a gravity distortion time machine based on the schematics and descriptions provided by everyone’s favorite alleged time traveler, John Titor.

The patent,  titled “Method of gravity distortion and time displacement,” is described as follows:

“The present invention relates to the use of technical time displacement devices, which operate by the modification of gravitational fields. These drive systems do not depend on the emission of matter to create thrust to take advantage of time dilation, but rather create a change in the curvature of space-time, in accordance with general relativity. This allows travel across topologies by warping space-time, to produce a topology change from one spacelike boundary to the other in accordance with Geroch’s theorem (Geroch 1967)”

In his own words, Pohlman “reverse engineered” the information and diagrams that John Titor shared during his brief stint on various online forums from 2000-2001.

The application contains a rather lengthy description of various scientific ideas that would (he claims) allow the machine to work, including quite a lot on quintessence, a hypothetical form of dark energy.

I’m just going to nod quietly like I know what it all means and pass it on to you, dear reader. In fact, here’s another excerpt:

“The present invention is A method for the generation of a pseudo 2+1 dimensional anti-de Sitter space (DeDeo & Gott 2002) using two Kerr type positively charged rotating dilation singularities where one singularity is maintained as a axis of rotation or “reference” singularity, and the other “target” singularity is subjected to a differential electron flow so as to simultaneously pass above the photosphere of said singularity in its direction of rotation—prograde orbit—and contrary to its direction of rotation—retrograde orbit—to release a directed flow…

"...a schematic representation of the mechanism employed to house the components necessary to generate a 2+1 dimensional anti-de Sitter space, resulting in the creation of timelike curves in a compact time-oriented manifold."

“…a schematic representation of the mechanism employed to house the components necessary to generate a 2+1 dimensional anti-de Sitter space, resulting in the creation of timelike curves in a compact time-oriented manifold.”

…of gravitons in a sinusoidal oscillation simulating a rotational effect of the “target” singularity around the axis of rotation provided by the “reference” singularity, resulting in the creation of timelike curves in a compact time-oriented manifold permitting topology change from one spacelike boundary to the other in accordance with Geroch’s theorem (Geroch 1967) which results in a method for the formation of G odel-type geodesically complete spacetime envelopes complete with closed timelike curves.”

Got all that?

Anyway, when the patent application was published (and it is just an application, by the way, not an official patent), there was quite a lot of speculation on conspiracy message boards that Pohlman himself was, in fact, the perpetrator of the John Titor legend.

Pohlman dismissed those claims, and honestly there’s no reason to believe he was affiliated with the story in any way; he said he just wanted to contribute something “truly unique” in the form of the patent.

However, Pohlman’s own time travel escapades have been put on hold, as he’s, well, currently serving a six-year sentence in an Oregon prison for drugging and assaulting four women.

Well, that took an unexpectedly dark turn, didn’t it?

I tell you, some of the theatrics surrounding the John Titor story are more bizarre (and shockingly uncomfortable) than the idea of time travel itself.

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Rob Schwarz is a freelance writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Follow him on Twitter @Dimentoid or on Google+, and be sure to like Stranger Dimensions on Facebook!
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  • MysteryHunter

    Yes, that took a very disturbing turn. Even if somebody did figure out a way to time travel, I think no matter what it would take a dark turn. I don’t think we’re meant to be able to move through time at will. The Philadelphia Experiment, for example, if it really was an attempt at time travel, when they came back men were fused into the deck of the ship, and the ones that survived went crazy.

    • http://www.strangerdimensions.com/ Rob

      I think the biggest reason I’ve always liked the John Titor story is that the time travel involved seems, to me, the most realistic.

      There are limitations to how far you can travel (with world line divergence), and since we’re hypothetically dealing with parallel universes, a single time traveler’s impact on any given world line is minimal. The whole thing is kind of a slow, clunky process with no guarantee of success, at least as far as your own world line is concerned.

      If time travel were to actually exist, and that’s a huge “if,” I think Titor’s description is pretty close to reality.