Would you use a superpower that gives you the ability to stop time limitations apply. – straight dope message board gas oil ratio units

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4. While in general you can’t interact with other objects there is an exception for some things in your immediate surroundings. This same diety has somehow kept services like electricity and water on in whatever location you happen to be in. You can do things like showering, using the bathroom, preparing and eating food, etc. the same way you do normally. You can do things like read, sleep, listen to music, watch recordings on TV (off a DVD, tape, or downloaded movie, the internet is also frozen). You are even allowed to do things like laundry or cleaning if you want to do those, but not major renovations or building things. If you chose, you could even stop time for a longer period, months or even years, to go on diet or exercise, and then reap the benefits immediately (as perceived by the rest of the world when time starts back up).

I think I would use it on days that I felt I needed extra sleep. I would stop time just after waking up in the morning to get a few more hours of sleep while still having a full day to do all the things that need doing. I’d probably use it once in a while to read a book I just hadn’t gotten around to reading.

The opposite would be an interesting superpower–the ability to stop time only for yourself for some predetermined amount of time, essentially fast-forwarding the rest of the world. You could skip the boring parts. You could decide to vault yourself way into the future and buy a flying car.

I’m not sure how that would work–how would the rest of the world perceive you during your timeout? But it presents no more problems than the OP’s premise (e.g., if you restart time and are not in exactly the same spot as you were in when you stopped it, then how would the people around you perceive that? You just disappear and appear? That would raise some suspicions.)

Not do derail the thread, but that is interesting. I would presume the way it would actually would be like severe retrograde amnesia. You "turn it on", go about your business, then when you "turn it off", all memories and perception of time go out the window. Kind of like when you’re on Versed during a medical procedure, but completely lucid.

If you "poofed" every time you activated it, that’s pretty shitty to your loved ones, so I would recommend short term use only. Poofing so you could instantly get to "flying cars" seems pretty selfish unless absolutely everyone in the world hates you (guess how I feel about suicide). Getting severe retrograde amnesia to get to "flying cars" doesn’t seem worth it because you will have to readjust to everything else in your new world ("Who the hell is this guy? Oh, he’s my kid. Didn’t recognize him.").

Long term activation, it would be extremely risky imo, if you didn’t know the future. How do you know flying cars will exist while you’re still alive? What if you blow through 20 years and there are still no flying cars? You poofed or got amnesia for nothing?

4. While in general you can’t interact with other objects there is an exception for some things in your immediate surroundings. This same diety has somehow kept services like electricity and water on in whatever location you happen to be in. You can do things like showering, using the bathroom, preparing and eating food, etc. the same way you do normally. You can do things like read, sleep, listen to music, watch recordings on TV (off a DVD, tape, or downloaded movie, the internet is also frozen). You are even allowed to do things like laundry or cleaning if you want to do those, but not major renovations or building things. If you chose, you could even stop time for a longer period, months or even years, to go on diet or exercise, and then reap the benefits immediately (as perceived by the rest of the world when time starts back up).

I think I would use it on days that I felt I needed extra sleep. I would stop time just after waking up in the morning to get a few more hours of sleep while still having a full day to do all the things that need doing. I’d probably use it once in a while to read a book I just hadn’t gotten around to reading.

The opposite would be an interesting superpower–the ability to stop time only for yourself for some predetermined amount of time, essentially fast-forwarding the rest of the world. You could skip the boring parts. You could decide to vault yourself way into the future and buy a flying car.

I’m not sure how that would work–how would the rest of the world perceive you during your timeout? But it presents no more problems than the OP’s premise (e.g., if you restart time and are not in exactly the same spot as you were in when you stopped it, then how would the people around you perceive that? You just disappear and appear? That would raise some suspicions.)

Not do derail the thread, but that is interesting. I would presume the way it would actually would be like severe retrograde amnesia. You "turn it on", go about your business, then when you "turn it off", all memories and perception of time go out the window. Kind of like when you’re on Versed during a medical procedure, but completely lucid.

If you "poofed" every time you activated it, that’s pretty shitty to your loved ones, so I would recommend short term use only. Poofing so you could instantly get to "flying cars" seems pretty selfish unless absolutely everyone in the world hates you (guess how I feel about suicide). Getting severe retrograde amnesia to get to "flying cars" doesn’t seem worth it because you will have to readjust to everything else in your new world ("Who the hell is this guy? Oh, he’s my kid. Didn’t recognize him.").

Long term activation, it would be extremely risky imo, if you didn’t know the future. How do you know flying cars will exist while you’re still alive? What if you blow through 20 years and there are still no flying cars? You poofed or got amnesia for nothing?