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    I started thinking about "time" as an 'element', as a 'force', as a concept .... what the hell is it exactly !!?!? and where does it come from !!!!?

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    Time is nature's way of stopping everything happening at once.

    Attributed to John Archibald Wheeler

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliquant View Post
    I started thinking about "time" as an 'element', as a 'force', as a concept .... what the hell is it exactly !!?!? and where does it come from !!!!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliphead View Post
    Time is nature's way of stopping everything happening at once.

    Attributed to John Archibald Wheeler
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    Quote Originally Posted by eliquant View Post
    I started thinking about "time" as an 'element', as a 'force', as a concept .... what the hell is it exactly !!?!? and where does it come from !!!!?
    Time can be looked at in two ways, the first is as a subject of philosophical exploration, the second way is by using intuition.

    The first way of looking at time has a whole load of problems, it's only humans who do this so it's subjective, the language gets in the way, the way the human brain works gets in the way. If science tells us something that is fundamentally opposed to what we observe, which do we believe ?

    The second way of looking at time is by using intuition. We just 'know' what it is. The dinosaurs understood time, they couldnt get by without knowing. Humans evolved with the same understanding of time, if it was good enough to get us evolved to this point, maybe thats all we need to know.

    We just 'know' that there is a past, a present and a future. We just 'know' that the food we ate last week is not going to be there next week, it's in the past. We just 'know' that if we fire an arrow it will get to its target in a certain amount of time. It's not going to stop, its not going to go backwards.

    Science, on the other hand, tells us that time is a variable, it can speed up and slow down. At least it goes in the same direction as intuitive time though, which is a bonus. Philosophers will say that this might be an illusion, time can go in the other direction, like un-drinking a pint of lager back into the glass, then getting younger till we get unconceived.

    what exactly is it?

    It has a lot of the properties of a law. If you make a fixed length pendulum, it will swing in a frequency that is a constant multiple of the half life of uranium. Its not possible to take a law and look at it in a test tube.


    where does it come from ?

    Science tells us that it was not created, it has always existed. The big bang is a result of cause and effect, a cause and its effect are seperated by time, therefore time must have preceded the big bang and could not have been created by it.

    intuition tells us that it doesnt actually exist as a thing. It simply a way of describing that one event occurs after another, always has done and always will.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliphead View Post
    Time is nature's way of stopping everything happening at once.

    Attributed to John Archibald Wheeler
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