Do you think time exists? Do you think time began at the Big Bang? Or has time existed forever?
I am one of those growing number of people, including scientists, that believe that time doesn’t exist. Time is only an illusion.
We today, in our society, cannot live without our clocks. We live and breathe by clocks. Everything is centered around time. When to go to work, when to play, when to eat, when to sleep, when to wake up. Time rules our lives. But, it’s not time that rules us – it’s clocks!
Time doesn’t make clocks turn. Clocks have inner workings that move the hands around in a systematic way, and measures events or motion in increments, which we can understand as “time” flowing by. And a day on Jupiter is not equivalent to a day on Earth.
But time itself is only a perception made up by man. We have no memory usually until we turn 2 years old. We don’t remember our births, or our first birthday, or what happened before we were born. So we have no concept of time until the age of 2, when memory kicks in. When we have memory, we start to predict future events and can remember events that have happened in the past. We believe that we will wake up in the morning, that the sun will rise, and the Universe will still be here. We weren’t present during the Big Bang, but we assume that the event happened in the past, even though we have no memory of it.
But can the Universe exist without time? Yes!
Have you ever wanted to stop time? I know I have. And we can, given the needed resources. Pick a room, close it off, and then freeze every particle in the room. Now you have just stopped time! That would be cool huh? Anybody got a particle freezing ray gun?
Time is a measurement of motion or interaction between particles. Without interaction between the particles, there is no time. Time is only our perception of what we see as particles interact. So you need motion to have something to measure. Even if you did freeze all the particles, the particles still exist, they are just not in motion. Time goes away because there is no interaction to measure or perceive.
Einstein said that time is a part of the fabric of space, which he called space-time. And that time is actually entangled within space. And since gravity warps space, gravity also has to be warping time as well. So that means that space is dependent on time and time is dependent on space. Really? Space cannot exist without time? I just proved it above, with the freezing. The particles still exist, but time doesn’t. So the Universe can exist without time! Do you see that? That makes sense, right?
Time measures motion and interaction between particles. The Big Bang was the first motion to occur, so we say that time began at the Big Bang. And everything that has happened (motion and interaction of particles) can be measured up to the present. And we label this measurement TIME.
Days, hours, minutes, years, millennium, past, present, and so on, are just LABELS we use for how we measure the interaction of particles or motion events. And we only perceive these motion events. We measure the flow or change of these motion events. We think one occurs before the other event. So the second event occurred because of the first event. That is a measurement of change.
So does time actually pass by? Time doesn’t have a substance to it. You can’t put your hands on it and touch it. But what about aging? Isn’t that proof of time? NO! Aging is just biochemical processes of the body that begin to break down. It doesn’t prove that time itself exists. Aging is another measurement of change.
Time seems to be an artifact of our mind – psychological. In order to even realize that the flow of time has even occurred, you must be aware or have consciousness, you must have motion (change), and you must have realized that motion has taken place and be aware of that change. Without these three things, time has no meaning.
Simply put, a rock is not aware that time is passing by. But humans are aware that change takes place. Animals have consciousness and are aware, and even see that change has taken place. But they aren’t aware that time is passing by with the changes. We have all heard the statement that dogs have no concept of time, right? Well, neither do cats. I can attest to that.
Man devised a system to measure this change and we call it time. Would change occur even if man never evolved? Sure it would. It happened for billions of years in the Universe and here on Earth long before man came along. Change happens all the time, with or without the definition of time. But did time exist before man? Is time real?
More and more physics is proving that time may not be real after all. Now, we will always have time or clocks in our lives, but time itself isn’t a part of space.
The time dilation experiments to prove Einstein’s theory of relativity, have only measured what we perceive as time differences. Was there really a time difference between the two atomic clocks? The inter working of the clocks and the motion of the earth weren’t taken into consideration when the experiments were conducted. And neither were other forces like earthquakes, wind resistance, consistent speed, warping of space, and so forth. So I have huge doubts about the outcome of this experiment. And, yes I know that GPS systems have to be synchronized for time differences due to gravity. But that is our measurement of time, all Earth time measurements. Satellites in orbit around Earth are not on Earth time, so they have to be adjusted to Earth time. The Universe doesn’t run on Earth time!
We think that just because space is warped, that time must also be warped. But space can be warped without time, right? I think so. The freezing of particles can prove that. We can warp the space that those frozen particles are in with gravity, but there is still no motion. So space is warped but not time.
And if there’s no time – then the distance between two places would take zero time, right? Wrong. Distance has nothing to do with time. Distance is the space between two objects. Our definition, as we perceive time, is the time it takes to move from one object to the other. But we are actually measuring the space between the two objects. You can say that it is 50 miles from one city to another city. No time needed. It is just a measurement of distance. To have time involved, you need to measure “how long” it takes to traverse the 50 mile distance. So you would be measuring MOTION of moving from one city to another city. Time doesn’t need to be involved, however, we use velocity as our measurement, like miles per hour, or speed. And time changes depending upon the speed you travel that distance. It could take you two hours if walking, or 30 minutes if travelling at 75 mph. So our measurement of time changes depending on speed, but that doesn’t make TIME ITSELF real. It is our concept, our idea, for use in our everyday lives. Nothing more.
And let’s look at time from the view of a person in Flatland (2 dimensional being). I am travelling at 70 mph on Earth, and a being in flatland, who has no concept of time, sees my movement going so fast they can’t even see me. But they know they saw movement. Am I still moving at the same velocity of 70mph to the flatland being? No. He has no concept of time, nor velocity. So velocity is perceived speed. A 4D being may see me moving very slowly in his point of view. I am still moving at 70mph per my view. So even though We measure my motion (speed) at 70mph, we are the only ones that perceive that velocity.
So time is just our imagination or our mind’s perception of change (motion). The 2D and 4D beings don’t even have a concept of time – but they would still perceive motion and see me move from one place to another (or whatever they see in their dimension). So time is irrelevant and not needed to see change. Hence, time doesn’t exist just because we see things change, like aging.
According to physics, time always points forward. Why? And this is a major problem with physics. And what is forward? What direction is forward? Let’s define forward. If the Universe is a sphere, like most think, then time would also be spherical, if it existed. So time would be a loop. Forward would be around this loop. That loop would intersect all other points in time (past, present, future), so it couldn’t be just going forward. And if time can supposedly be bent by gravity, then time would crisscross all over this loop around the sphere. It wouldn’t just flow forward. And they say that time flows backward inside a black hole. So time doesn’t always flow forward after all. Which is it guys?
So our physics has to be wrong to have time always flowing forward. Time is not linear, as this concept of linear time has pretty much been abandoned.
And since time breaks down in the Quantum world, then why must we believe that time exists in the macro world we live in?
Getting rid of time in the macro world – will put us closer to tying the quantum world and the macro world together in the elusive one unified theory. We can’t get rid of time in our daily lives, as I stated, we live and breathe with our clocks.
Einstein himself contradicted his own theory. The speed of light cannot be broken. Yet he also stated that the Universe is moving away from each other (redshifted) and the outer edge of the Universe is moving away faster than the speed of light. So which is it? Get it together physicists. It can’t be both ways!
The Wheeler-Dewitt equation is consistent with my point of view. It gets rid of the “fictitious variable” –time. Is time a fundamental property of reality or just an appearance of things?
Here’s a great quote from Einstein in a letter he wrote after a friend had died:
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
That quote pretty much says it all.
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