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Laura: One of these bullets is like us, traveling forwards through time...The other one's going backwards...Can you tell which is which?
The Protagonist: [Shakes his head]
Laura: How about Now? [Barbara holds out her hand out and bullet flies from table into her palm] It's Inverted. It's entropy runs backwards. So, to our eyes, its movement is reversed. We think it's a type of inverse radiation triggered by nuclear fission.
The Protagonist: You didn't make it?
Laura: No, we don't know how yet.
The Protagonist: So, where'd it come from?
Laura: Someone's manufacturing them in the future. They're streaming back at us...Try it.
The Protagonist: [Holds out hand over Bullet that doesn't move]
Laura: You have to have dropped it.
The Protagonist: [Places hand over Bullet as if he just dropped it, Bullet flies up into his palm] How can it move before I touch it?
Laura: From your point of view, you caught it...But from the bullet's point of view, you dropped it.
The Protagonist: But cause comes before effect.
Laura: No, that's just the way we see time.
The Protagonist: Well, What about free will?
Laura: That bullet wouldn't have moved if you hadn't put your hand there. [Plays a recording of the interaction with the bullet both forward and backward] Either way we run the tape, you made it happen. Don't try to understand it. Feel It.
The Protagonist: [Bullet begins to move backwards on table from Barbara's fingertips to The Protagonist hands] Instinct. Got it.
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