The Time Machine Thought Experiment for Creativity

What if time travel was real? Quantum mechanics hints at the possibility.

The Time Machine Thought Experiment for Creativity

Thought leadership includes leading your audience to new thinking. If it's truly new thinking, that implies creativity* and accessing our creativity is intrinsically enjoyable in itself. Keep that in mind because it helps to approach these thought experiments in the spirit of light-hearted fun.

And what could be more fun and child-like than having a time machine?

Let's warm up the imagination muscles a little first:
Have you seen the time travel comedy skit featuring identical twins?



What if time travel was a real thing in an alternate universe? After all, quantum mechanics says it is possible.

Here is a way to play with that concept to generate possibilities:

First, think of some ability or accomplishment you have now that 5 or 10 years ago, you wouldn't have even imagined.

In your imagination, travel back in time and share that information with the "past you". How does the "past you" react? Maybe deer-in-the-headlights? How would the reply sound as you shared this? How would he or she feel learning about future self's abilities or accomplishments?

Now, keeping this in mind, return fully to the present. Shake it off.

Imagine you are getting in your time machine again, but this time traveling to the future, looking back on your present self, seeing and hearing your present self similarly to how you experienced your past self.

As your future self, imagine traveling back in time to the present telling your present self about something you now do or have in this future time that your present self responds to in the same way.

What would that be? Spend some time letting your mind play with the possibilities.

*You can think of thought leadership as the acronym CLaaS: Creative Leadership as a Service.

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