Dec 30, 2013
I hope all of you have been enjoying Christmas Break. Two-Fisted History has been visiting the beautiful province of Ontario this week assisting in all sorts of Two-Fisted shennanigans. As you might imagine, things have been a bit hectic, so I thought I'd share something that I've been thinking about for a while. It's my number one gift wish.
I wish there were such things as History Labs.
All: A History Lab?
Yes, a History Lab.
All: What's a History Lab?
I'm glad you asked. You know what a Science Lab is, right? A place where a bunch of biologists, or chemists, or warp theory specialists get together and follow the scientific method to hypothesize what happens if when they do some weird thing to a critter, some chemicals, or the dilithium matrix, test it out, and then observe the results and form a conclusion.
I envision a History Lab would work similarly. Say I wondered what would happen if Napoleon hadn't come to power in France? What would have happened in the years from then to now? I can't really go back in time and convince Napoleon to become a baker and then come back here and see what happened. For starters, time travel doesn't exist yet (to my knowledge). Secondly, even if it did, I wouldn't want to mess around with the timeline. I'd likely find myself not existing (which would in turn meant that I couldn't have messed up the timeline, which would mean that I did exist, which would mean that I messed it up, and if there's one thing I have absolutely no desire to do during my life, it's to cause a Temporal Causality Paradox).
A History Lab would be somewhere where I, and people like me, could go, input the event I want changed, and see what happens. It's not something I could input a current event and see what effect it would have on future events, like what would happen 5, 10, 15 years from now if Quebec became an independent country, or if France invaded West Africa again, just taking events that already happened and seeing what effect they would cause from that moment until this one, for example if the French had never sold the Louisiana Territory and it had become an independent nation.
That would be the coolest toy ever for me, I think.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a blessed New Year. I'll see you all in 2014!
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