17 Jul Hodor: Temporal paradox and freedom of choice
After a few weeks without being able to post, we return to load echoing us of some of the articles that caught me enough attention. This time we analyze the temporal paradox of Hodorone of the characters of Game of Thrones, so if you do not follow the series, we notify you of that you will find quite a few spoilers for last season.
A theoretical physicist from the California Institute of technology It explains certain notions about time travel to understand that you happened to Hodor.
In the episode of Game of Thrones 22 may at last met the origin of Hodor through a vision of Bran Stark, and broke us the heart. We were also amazed and intrigued by a fascinating scenario that defied the logic of the time. Bran Stark I was physically present, but had traveled to the past, while he controlled to Hodor in the present and in the past, turning to the Hodor of the past in the present.
Help us put the pieces of our brains in place and understand what the heck happened with Bran and Hodor in that tree, Tech Insider had a conversation with Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist from the California Institute of technology and the time studies expert.
"Bran Stark is in two places at the same time, or better said, is at two times at the same time", says Sean Carroll.
From the center of the eyes three Crow tree, BranStark view Winterfell decades before the current events and there is witness to the children of Hodorwho is still known as Wylis. But while a horde of wights - led by the white walkers - descends from its hiding place in the present, the powers of Bran to create a temporary bridge between the two periods.
"It's in the past with the young Hodor and somehow there is a connection created between the young Hodor and the present moment Hodor", explains Sean Carroll. "With the fear that the"zombies"(wights) caught them, and while fleeing, somehow, these facts are transmitted to the mind of Wylis (the young Hodor), who begins to have seizures".
"The young Wylis has delusions of being holding the door while it is in this convulsive trance which leads him to say 'hodor' [of 'hold the door' to 'hodor']," he explains. Sean Carroll. "Then, when you are an adult and serves to the Stark, is sent this mental image to the self that lives in the past".
Then, do Bran Stark changes the course of history in Westeros with Hodor?
"To say this is not that Bran changed the past; what he did was affect the past. There is a single past and a single Hodor that had these seizures."
We do not subestimaremos their competence as spectators, but the complexity in the twist of the story may have left a little confused more than anyone. Would not be rare, the time travel that we see in the fiction almost always have some question that leaves us hanging around in a circle. Sean Carroll ES theoretical physicist and it was also stunned. "It's a complete and total madness", says, and then is given the time to analyze the case.
The time travel they go against the basic notions that we have humans about time and our place in it. An example is the simple notion of cause and effect.
"The interesting thing is that you one time that you allow yourself to think in the" journey through time in your universe, instead of giving for granted that everything that happens has an origin, you question the consistency of all and ask yourself if it is that everything is really information circulating around, in a time without origin".
This is known in physics as bootstrap paradox (or Paradox of the causal loop) and is described as when a person comes from the future to alter the events of the past, but this is consistent with the way in which events are triggered, again creating this future that allows visitors to travel back. It is a recurrence of events (repeat over and over again).
"This can be compared with an inconsistent recurrence, which is what happens in"Back to the Future” (Back to the future). Marty McFly and Doc, getting into the past, yes change the course of history, causing changes in the family photo of Marty.
Tell us the temporary bridge of? Bran Stark about free will? As we saw in the recent episode, Hodor He never had a choice. Bran StarkHowever, it seems that he had it, because their actions have led to alter the timeline.
“Bran Stark you have free will in the sense that if you don't know what will happen, you have a choice", says Sean Carroll. "But after things have happened, nobody has the freedom to choose."
In other words, Bran had the option until he took her. "From the perspective of physics, you have freedom of choice to the extent that you can make decisions, but in the sense that these decisions should be consistent, don't have", says the expert.
In addition to feeling the loss of a character so lovable, part of the emotional charge of the scene was the fact that Wylis was always going to turn in Hodor. He sacrifices his mind in childhood and in adulthood body to save to Bran Starkonly because the young cambiapieles choose to launch that inexorable time loop.
I think the chapter is a little gem if we refer to the temporal paradoxes.
Until that point are owners of our own choices and consistent with them in the present from the physical point of view?
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