Time Travel and Regret

Most people think questions like If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? to be dinner party fare.  I happen to believe they’re also valuable introspection tools when used in a quiet, private space like the shower.

My first thought was to change something big: erase that first painful marriage or pursue a degree in english/creative writing instead of science.  I mean, if  you’re going to go to all the trouble of time travel, shouldn’t it be worth it?  But changing something that big would fundamentally alter who I am today–something I have no desire to do. (more…)