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Old 04-23-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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Default Philosophy:What is time?

What exactly is time? We measure and perceive time, but what is it?
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Time is an empirical property. Basically, time is a "sequence of events."

It is a dimension of the universe which came into existence with the big bang.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Good question!
Maybe time is a temporary, but regularly changing rhythm we need to help create order.

Time (day/night, seasons) is all we know, but if somehow nothing changed, no earth rotating etc., then would time still exist?
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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Time is an empirical property. Basically, time is a "sequence of events."

It is a dimension of the universe which came into existence with the big bang.
It makes me wonder about how time applies to the higher dimensions...


Ten dimensions - YouTube
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:36 PM
 
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While we have come up with an organized way to tell time from one moment to the next, its likely true that people since the beginning of time, when we were nomadic travelers, used the sun, moon and stars to tell time as well as weather patterns. Time keeping is an integral part of planning and planting crops, telling when children will be conceived and bore, when animals will be mating, when to hunt or gather. Time is a percieved way to keep track of events from one event to the next, prior to time keeping using a clock, or even a sundial, we tracked time in moon phases, lunar time. And in seasonal changes.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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Time is a percieved way to keep track of events from one event to the next, prior to time keeping using a clock, or even a sundial, we tracked time in moon phases, lunar time. And in seasonal changes.
True, but I'll bet that the greatest difference between modern man and the ancients is that we find it completely natural to only percieve time in a linear fashion while the ancients saw it as a (natural) cycle.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Dave5150 True, but I'll bet that the greatest difference between modern man and the ancients is that we find it completely natural to only percieve time in a linear fashion while the ancients saw it as a (natural) cycle.
Absolutely and I think that people are at a loss when only thinking of time in a linear fashion. Everything in life is cyclical.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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What exactly is time? We measure and perceive time, but what is it?
The self's perception of present and past, with the capacity to (only) conceive of a future.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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The self's perception of present and past, with the capacity to (only) conceive of a future.
Good answer. However it raises the question: is time just a human convention like language and art? Or is it a thing that exists as a natural law even if we didn't - like gravity and valency. Or is it something that may be a human convention - as you say, June - for recording and measuring the rate of change of things and progress of events, but can be affected by speed, gravity and mass. When time gets distorted as we get sucked into a black hole, is time like a sea getting shaped and distorted, together with everything in it, as it vanishes into a vortex, or is it just the effects of gravity on matter that seems to alter a 'thing' called time?

Is time just gravity and relativity's apparent changes of time just that - distortions of gravity? Could be an interesting thread.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Originally Posted by june 7th
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The self's perception of present and past, with the capacity to (only) conceive of a future.
Isn't that just awareness?
I doubt a coma-patient would be able to perceive time.


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Is time just gravity and relativity's apparent changes of time just that - distortions of gravity? Could be an interesting thread.
Wasn't time relative?
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