Friday, December 21, 2012

Stopping Time

     I recently asked a friend what super power he'd choose if he could choose any super power. He chose the power to stop time. I personally view the ability to stop time as the worst super power one could choose due to its superior repercussions; those repercussions being: the inability to move, the inability to turn time back on, and the nuclear annihilation caused once time is turned back on.
     The first two points are short and sweet and will be addresses together. Firstly, when time is stopped, nothing can move, not even electrons. Literally everything stops! Therefore, you could not move and could therefore do nothing effective with this ability. Also, assuming stopping time requires some sort of physical process or thought, you could not turn time back in as you cannot think since not even electrons can move.
     Now let's assume we can ignore these fallacies. Let's assume that you can move, you can move objects (including the clothing on your body), and the air molecules in front of you so that you can actually move. Now let's say that with this ability, you stop time, take one step forward (the distance transversed being one meter), and start time again. In that action, you moved thousands and thousands of air molecules that moved while you were in contact with them into other air molecules. All these air molecules move one meter in zero seconds. Velocity is measured as meters divided by seconds. One meter divided by zero seconds equals infinite velocity for each air molecule you came in contact with. Energy is equal to .5*mass*velocity^2, so each molecule has kinetic energy in Joules equal to .5*a tiny mass*infinity^2 which is equal to infinite Joules. In other words, each molecule you move has gained infinite energy, which includes the air, whatever you move, and yourself.
      When electrons gain energy, they orbit at a greater distance from the atom. With infinite energy, the electrons would hurl away from each atom. In addition, each proton would have enough energy to overcome the force of the quarks holding them together, so the protons also burst apart. In essence, every molecule undergoes nuclear fission. But not just ordinary nuclear fission, where the atom splits as the core seperates, but complete and utter annihilation of the atom as each individual proton, electron, and neutron seperates. The amount of energy released by this process is absolutely enormous, however this doesn't matter because each molecule has infinite energy anyway. Since energy must be conserved (we already broke that law by making infinite energy in a universe where there is only finite energy), each molecule must transfer infinite energy to each molecule it comes in contact with. Within an arbitrarily small period of time (since Joules is Newtons times velocity and Newtons is mass times acceleration, each molecule has infinite velocity and acceleration causing the molecules containing the energy to instantly move to the extent of the known universe and transfer infinite energy to every molecule along the way) every particle in the universe would have infinite energy and become annihilated.
     The power to freeze time would result in everything entering a stasis that is impossible to end. Assuming we can bend the rules concerning this stasis, the instant time is restarted, every particle in the universe would acquire infinite energy and violoently fall apart. In short, the ability to freeze time is the worst superpower ever.

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