I have a tendency to think about random things, almost all the time. Well this morning I thought of an interesting question, I'm not sure of the influences of others though I'm sure there are some.

If you could go back in time and change any one event what event would you change?

I feel it necessary to point out that changing an event may not have a significant effect on history. For example if I were to go back and prevent Columbus from making his voyage of discovery the Americas would still have been discovered, someone else would have made a similar voyage, the only thing that would have changed would be the details of when and by who. For the purpose of this discussion assume that the change you make also prevents some other event from having the same effect on history, for example if were to I go back and kill Hitler it would not necessarily prevent WWII but for this thought experiment it would.

So what do you think?

Personally I would prevent the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. That one event set science back several centuries, its effects combined with the dark ages that followed relatively soon after set us back more then 2,000 years. Just think if this had not happened we might have had a colony on mars by now, this bit is of course just speculation as there is no telling which direction science would have taken had the Library not been destroyed. And of course don't forget the cultural aspects; the Library is said to have once held all the works of the ancient Greek playwrights, the entire collected works of Plato, and many others. Also it is said that every time a ship came to Alexandria they were searched for books and any that were found were borrowed, copied, and returned.

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Comment by David Lee Halle II on September 21, 2009 at 1:08am
John I had thought of Constantine's conversion, this essentially gave Christianity imperial endorsement at a time that the empire was still influential enough to spread ideas easily. If he hadn't converted Christianity may well not have been nearly as powerful, it probably would have just been one of many similar belief systems.
Comment by Jared Lardo on September 20, 2009 at 10:45pm
If you're gonna kill somebody like Hitler, you should kill that guy that basically was his mentor--History Channel mentioned him. That guy'd've made somebody else his protege-in-crazy if not Hitler.

Myself, I'd set on every butterfly I saw just for shiggles.



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