Time: There Is No Time, There Never Was and There Never Will Be

There are two main human thoughts that exist: those which deal with the physical, things which we can grasp hold of and observe objectively; and those which deal with the non-physical, abstract concepts which we cannot observe and are merely constructs of the mind.  Time is of the latter. 

We can neither perceive physically our mental concept of time, nor describe it, and as such, time doesn't physically exist!  

Huw Price, professor of philosophy at Cambridge University, claims:

Three basic properties of time come not from the physical world but from our mental states: A present moment that is special; some kind of flow or passage; and an absolute direction.  We sense an "arrow" or direction of time, and even of causation because our minds add a "subjective ingredient" to reality, "so that we are projecting onto the world the temporal perspective that we have as agents [in this environment].

Time is a universal constant.  A human construct formed to categorize each fleeting moment in our lives and to quantify these moments.  Doing so is what allows us to be able to organize our lives and use simple numbers to plan out our day and human interactions. 

The concept of time as a universal constant was really challenged upon the discovery of Einstein’s theory of relativity.  In short, this theory posited that the laws of physics were the same for all non-accelerating observers but that the mass of vastly large objects can cause a distortion in space time which is felt as gravity.  Present day physicists have gone a step further and theorized that objects with unfathomable mass (such as black holes) could distort or dilate our concept of time.  Below is a video of the great Stephen Hawking explaining this idea.

According to Einstein’s special theory of relativity, there is no way to specify events that everyone can agree happen simultaneously. Two events that are both “now” to you will happen at different times for anyone moving at another speed. Other people will see a different now that might contain elements of yours and equally might not.  What I’m getting at here is that the more we have delved into the physics of time, the less it seems we are able to understand.  

The result is a picture known as the block universe: the universe seen from that impossible vantage point outside space and time. You can by all means mark what you think is “now” with a red dot, but there is nothing that distinguishes that place from any other, except that you are there. Past and future are no more physically distinguished than left and right.

“We can portray our reality as either a three-dimensional place where stuff happens over time,” states Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Max Tegmark, “or as a four-dimensional place where nothing happens (‘block universe’) – and if it really is the second picture, then change really is an illusion, because there’s nothing that’s changing; it’s all just there – past, present and future.  

So if life is like a movie, and space-time is like the DVD,” he added, “there’s nothing about the DVD itself that is changing in any way, even though there’s all this drama unfolding in the movie.  We have the illusion, at any given moment, that the past already happened and the future doesn’t yet exist, and that things are changing.  But all I’m ever aware of is my brain state right now.  The only reason I feel like I have a past is that my brain contains memories.”

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