QuestionIf you could have just one super power, which would you choose and why? (And no, you cannot have a power which gives you more super powers - just one!)
      – Lee J Haywood, 2010-05-01 at 14:43:58   (15 comments)

On 2010-05-01 at 14:44:19, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'd go for teleportation. Go anywhere you want and be home in time for tea! It'd let me explore the world a bit at a time without having to truly break away from my established home.
On 2010-05-02 at 16:04:18, DigitalBoss wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Teleportation back and forth in time also.
On 2010-05-02 at 18:37:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Time travel would probably be the best power of all, admittedly... although you could get carried away trying to change the past over and over, never getting back to where you started. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_of_Hell On the other hand, you could do experiments - change the past in different ways and see what the outcomes are. That's something I'd love to do, without a doubt.
On 2010-05-04 at 03:58:25, BorgClown wrote...
I'd like invulnerability, but I'd fear getting appendicitis and being impossible to operate.
On 2010-05-04 at 17:49:53, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Actually, if I really had the choice I'd go for the ability to heal - disabilities, disease and dementia. Having a super power is useless if you're too ill to use it. Being able to heal yourself and others would make a tremendous impact on people's lives - not just your own.
On 2010-05-05 at 01:15:16, BorgClown wrote...
Your life would be miserable after a few weeks. Always healing, healing, healing...
On 2010-05-05 at 18:13:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Actually, no. The trick would be to heal without taking any credit (which would be kinda dangerous anyway, admitting that you had a power at all). You'd get a hell of a lot of satisfaction from giving without requiring anything in return.
On 2010-05-10 at 15:46:48, DigitalBoss wrote...
choose.
On 2010-05-12 at 12:36:12, Thelevellers wrote...
I like the idea of stealthy healing... I'd wait until someone had given up on prayers, then BAM! Heal them on the spot! :P Or wait until they decide homeopathy isn't working and stop taking it... Plus there's the just being able to help which is nice. that with the added humour - sign me up! :D
On 2010-05-12 at 18:41:53, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: I've been thinking a lot recently about the impact of healing everyone who's currently disabled all at once. There's a lot of infrastructure in place to support them, and these people wouldn't know what to do with their new-found 'powers' which the rest of us take for granted. Certainly those who've merely been in an accident would adapt quickly, but someone who's always been confined to a wheelchair would be defined by it and almost lost without it. It'd be amazing to see the results, however...
On 2010-05-12 at 20:21:08, Thelevellers wrote...
Yeah, that's a good point. It would be interesting to see the results. Feel a bit like a mad scientist thinking like that though :P "Now lets give blind people sight and see how they cope!" "That was interesting/fun, how about deaf people next?" Etc...
On 2010-05-15 at 19:10:23, BorgClown wrote...
I was just wondering about limited past-time travel, like the save points in games. You propose yourself to be the president of USA: Make a master plan and every time somethings goes wrong, back in time and try something different. Eventually you'll achieve your goal, or nearly any goal you can think of.
On 2010-05-15 at 23:39:34, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Ah, the many branches of possible futures. Ideally you'd want to simply receive information from the future, or rather futures, so you can pick the ones which work the best. Then you don't remember even trying them, since you haven't yet, but can take advantage of knowing how each outcome compares with the other possibilities. Hmm, this is getting abstract.
On 2010-05-17 at 08:51:13, Thelevellers wrote...
I think you'd have to not remember everything - suppose you meet the love of your life in one, but everything goes horribly wrong for a lot of the world, and changing it for the better means you never meet that person again? In fact, in that vein, you'd have thousands of memories of time with people which they don't 'remember' - I find it hard enough when I have some groups of memes with one group of friends but not with another. Imagine if you 'used' to have some connections with a group of people, that ceased to exist in the new time line? I'd be constantly referring to things that never happened/don't happen for a year or two (or 20!), etc...
On 2010-05-17 at 18:23:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: Not that you care, but I was thinking of Andromeda 3x12 - "The Dark Backward". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796021/plotsummary