The Funniest Solutions to the Baby Hitler Time Travel Paradox

Friday, 23 October 2015 - 4:09PM
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Friday, 23 October 2015 - 4:09PM
The Funniest Solutions to the Baby Hitler Time Travel Paradox
If you could go back in time, would you kill baby Hitler in order to prevent the Holocaust? This is not a new question, but it's new to Twitter apparently, because everyone went absolutely nuts when NY Magazine posed the question to its readers:






Ultimately, people were pretty evenly split, with 42% killing baby Hitler, 38% unsure, and 30% adopting him and raising him in love. And therein lies the ridiculousness of the question; on its face, it's a complex ethical question, because the baby in question hasn't actually done anything wrong, and one could argue that it's always wrong to kill babies (although many wouldn't):






The "ends justify the means" question is an important and complicated one, but this scenario doesn't really do it justice, simply because there are so many other ways to stop the Holocaust. YOU HAVE A TIME MACHINE for God's sake.













This is what I said!


Plus, in terms of time travel logistics, your decision to kill baby Hitler could have some unintended consequences:






This is the best-case scenario:



Worst-case scenario, your decision to go back in time actually causes the Holocaust:



This may sound silly, but there are arguments to be made that this is the only non-paradoxical way time travel could possibly work. Remember Lost? "Whatever happened, happened"? Let's not cause World War II, guys.

Anyway, here are the funniest reactions to Baby Hitler, because this is what the world has come to:



Grammar is important:


Alternate plans:




Anything can be political, even Baby Hitler:







This person knows how to use time travel wisely:



The inevitable GamerGate dig:



New Harry Potter fan theory! (Although clearly Voldemort is Hitler, but whatever.)


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