[tlhIngan Hol] vIb - propagate

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Thu Mar 26 06:05:13 PDT 2020

Thinking about this more, because, hey, why not? 

We all “travel through time” here in the real world, but we don’t “time travel” like fictional characters by Jules Verne or as is so often done in the Star Trek Universe.

Propagation happens in the real world, and the term is meaningless without considering change over time. 

If we consider the common ground between the meanings of real-world traveling through time and real world propagation, we can follow a gene or an idea or a beam of light as it changes location and distribution and interacts with the context through which it propagates or the medium through which it propagates, then I can see one meaning for the word {vIb}. It’s a fairly sophisticated, complex, and abstract word, when compared to most of the Klingon vocabulary, if this is what it means.

If, instead, it’s referring to Time Travel in the Star Trek Universe, fictional aspect, then it gets even crazier, since it could also refer to changes in the time line created by the presence of agents introduced by Time Travel.

Basically, it would be normal propagation with loops added, as a thing that normally could propagate exclusively forward through time would start a new Time Line by skipping backwards to an earlier time.

Have I mentioned that I despise the fictional concept of Time Travel?

It basically treats Time as if it were a separate dimension instead of recognizing that the concept of a dimension is abstract and fictional. Everything that exists is in motion. That’s the core of Relativity.

Mathematicians arbitrarily invent the concept of an X axis, which doesn’t exist, a Y axis, which doesn’t exist, and a Z axis, which doesn’t exist, in order to mathematically model an object’s position at a given instant, which doesn’t exist, and then creates an artificial model of motion as a series, which doesn’t exist, of instants, that don’t exist, and calls that fictional series “Time”, which doesn’t exist.

Everything moves, and we have to simplify that so that math can describe it, and then we pretend that the measurements are more real than the real, moving objects being measured, so we can play with the numbers and invent the fictional concept of Time Travel, because, if a thing equals a number, you can always just change the number, right?


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> On Mar 25, 2020, at 5:16 PM, Lieven L. Litaer <levinius at gmx.de> wrote:
> I have again one of these annoying but important transitivity questions.
> It's a bit influenced by the point that I don't know the English word:
> {vIb} "travel trough time", can also mean "propagate", and we are told
> that it's not about plants.
> So what does "propagate" mean, and how would I use that? Does anyone
> remember if Okrand said something about it?
> One example of the "travel" version shows that vIb is transitive. Would
> also work with propagate?
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> http://www.klingonwiki.net/Word/VIb
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