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Offline Irene

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Is Time a Legitimate Construct?
« on: July 20, 2017, 12:45:43 PM »
I, personally, have always felt there is no such thing as time; that there is only the "now ". Einstein welded time to space, calling it spacetime, and that fits with my personal view that we are not moving through time, but moving through space, which also explains the continuing expansion of the universe. We are constantly "adding data".

Others, with much more comprehensive educations, have thought this as well.


"There Is No Such Thing As Time"

By Adam Frank September 18, 2012

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-09/book-excerpt-there-no-such-thing-time#top

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The "rebels" who fight the Big Bang theory are mostly attempting to grapple with the concept of time. They are philosophers as much as cosmologists, unsatisfied with the Big Bang, unimpressed with string theory and unconvinced of the multiverse. Julian Barbour, British physicist, author, and major proponent of the idea of timeless physics, is one of those rebels--so thoroughly a rebel that he has spurned the world of academics.

Julian Barbour's solution to the problem of time in physics and cosmology is as simply stated as it is radical: there is no such thing as time.

"If you try to get your hands on time, it's always slipping through your fingers," says Barbour. "People are sure time is there, but they can't get hold of it. My feeling is that they can't get hold of it because it isn't there at all." Barbour speaks with a disarming English charm that belies an iron resolve and confidence in his science. His extreme perspective comes from years of looking into the heart of both classical and quantum physics. Isaac Newton thought of time as a river flowing at the same rate everywhere. Einstein changed this picture by unifying space and time into a single 4-D entity. But even Einstein failed to challenge the concept of time as a measure of change. In Barbour's view, the question must be turned on its head. It is change that provides the illusion of time. Channeling the ghost of Parmenides, Barbour sees each individual moment as a whole, complete and existing in its own right. He calls these moments "Nows."

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Re: Is Time a Legitimate Construct?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 07:11:27 PM »
I think time is an arbitrary designation given to something that we don't really grasp.  We shackle ourselves to instruments that count out various increments that we're supposed to live by.  It doesn't mean that it's actually time.  It's more like mile markers on a road trip.

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Re: Is Time a Legitimate Construct?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 11:23:18 AM »
time is based around frequency.no frequency then our reality wouldnt exist.nothing would.
so imho,time is a real construct.
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