Does time exist?
Last update November 16 2019
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Cornering physical reality
Reality is associated to the material; yet because a non-material phenomenon may nevertheless be part of reality, in this page the word material is not suitable; in order to qualify as being part of reality a phenomenon has to be physical rather than material;
as an example light rays, which have no mass, are non-material; yet because they may burn your skin, non-material light rays are physical; in this page, reality occurs as physical objects and physical phenomenon that we human can physically touch or feel or hear or see with our physical human body, or through apparatus such as telescopes and microscopes.
Evidently it is also assumed that reality is occurring beyond our human observation and measuring abilities.
Conversely our human mental concepts that cannot be sensed physically by our human physical body are not part of reality or do not exist in reality.
As a consequence in this page, any non-material mental concept of ours, when proven to be non physical, is excluded from reality.
Our human mental activities, namely your thoughts and mine are real entities; they involve physical (chemical or electrical) signals within our physical brains. The content of these mental activities though, that is our perception of reality, is non-physical. As such while our human ideas are physical, their contents that is our perceptions but also our opinions, even our so-called knowledge, may or may not be coinciding to reality.
Here are physical things that we can perceive and are part of reality.
The stars that we see shining in the night sky, the light of the sun that is burning our skin, material objects that we can touch, the air that we breathe, accelerated motion that we feel when taking off in a plane, gravity that is binding us to the ground, all these that our physical human bodies sense physically as just emphasized in bold, are all physical; all are real in the sense of part of reality.
Note that light, motion and gravity that are felt by our human bodies, all three are non-material yet physical entities as compared to material entities such as material objects and air for instance.
These 3 non-material physical entities maybe at the origin of our human belief that non-material time is also an entity that has to be accounted for. And to add to the confusion some people think that motion is not a physical entity, an objection dismissed below.
How does non-material time, differs from non-material entities that are light, motion and gravity?
Time involves no physical texture
that our human senses could tackle physically as we do for light rays, motion and gravity.
Clocks have no physical connection
whatsoever with our concept of time; some clocks may run fast other may be slow showing their mechanisms have nothing to do with our concept of time. And because our (so called) aging is running on biological processes such as the physical duplication of cells you and I aren't consuming any of that concept of time of ours in order to get older!
Richard Feynman suggested that time is something running independently of everything else; the word something
per definition means unknown
; one may conclude that because unknown
and independent of everything else
, time is not part of reality
If time is but a fallacy, a real entity that we human can perceive must occur behind that fallacy.
The 24 hours day, is coinciding to Earth's rotational motion on itself, and a year is coinciding to Earth's rotational motion around our Sun.
Time is a human mental byproduct of these 2 rotational motions. An argument against this interpretation might be the arrow of time. Yet just as there is no way to eradicate any (alleged) past time, once a physical move occurred there is no way to eradicate the occurrence of that move.
In the end, whether mechanical, electrical or atomic, the display of any clock is occurring through a motion mechanism set to be in sync with Earth's own revolution rather than with (our idea) of time.
Motion relativity ... and ... motion reality
Einstein's relativity, which states that motion is relative, infers that motion is elusive and as such that motion is not a physical phenomenon. The definition of speed involving 2 factors foreign to motion (miles / hour) accentuates such belief that motion is nonexistent. Yet Einstein's motion is relative with respect to an observer, and motion being observed mandates motion real occurrence.
Heat is a phenomenon that we human are feeling with our human skin; the air temperature coincides to the motion of the air molecules; the faster the motion of the air molecules the hotter the air and the less confortable we feel. That very unconfortable feeling of heat is proof motion does occur physically.
Motion also occurs as pure motion that is not involving matter; because light has no mass, while travelling between Sun and Earth light is pure motion; and the sun light just as the air temperature may burn our skin.
In short, motion observation that is motion relativity and motion reality rather than being incompatible are both integral part of reality.
And here is physical proof that motion takes over our concept of time
Einstein's famous time dilation has been verified experimentally. Two atomic clocks side by side provide the exact same time for months at a time. Yet when one of such 2 clocks is sent flying around the globe, the time it displays when landing has been modified with respect to the clock kept still on the ground. And the time difference, called time dilation, is precisely that predicted by Einstein's mathematics.
Following is an interpretation, which even though evident, has not been mentioned in science prior to November 8 2008 first publication in this site.
Whether it be a grandfather, a mechanical, electric or atomic, a clock is always animated by an internal motion mechanism
; atomic clocks are using the vibrations of subatomic particles
for their internal motion mechanism
This writer thinks that the very overall motion of the flying clock
that is the motion of the plane
is impacting that clock internal motion mechanism
; on the other hand, the grounded clock internal motion mechanism
at the same rate while at-rest on Earth; once reunified the clocks respective displays are now differing.
This simple clock-overall-motion to clock-internal-motion interaction is the physical reality occurring behind so called time dilation
Motion and time are both non material, yet while motion is physical time is not.
And this thinking is based on Newton's first law, which states that
any physical motion unless acted upon will remain unchanged
Actually Newton's first law reads:
any object will remain at rest or in uniform and linear motion unless acted upon by external force.
It has been rewritten here:
any physical motion unless acted upon will remain unchanged.
Which amounts to an unprecedented generalization.
- This new text generalizes the law in that it applies to all motions whether linear or not unless acted upon; for instance the non linear rotational motion of Earth around the sun will continue unchanged as long as the conditions, such as the Sun's gravity, remain unchanged.
- The word object desapeared; another generalization is that the law now applies to all motions, whether involving mass or not; Newton's original law excludes light's motion as light has no mass and is not an object.
- In science the inertia of any material object in linear motion is what is maintaining that object linear motion unchanged; in gravimotion interpretation of Nature, motion is the ultimate cause of itself; inertia, which by the way is not assigned any unit of measure in science, is dismissed; without inertia the law becomes simpler and much more explicit; unchanged motion is self sufficient.
- Then the text proposed here is more specific in that the 2 words
at rest have been removed; there is no absolute rest in gravimotion interpretation of Nature; everything is in motion along the expansion of the Universe.
- As shown in this interpretion of time dilation, external motion rather than force is modifying any motion within; such evidence renders the law much more explicit; in gravimotion interpretation of Nature motions only and only interactions between motions are occurring. The concept of force is dismissed, motion and restrained motion do the job.
Our human mental concept of time
ends up being a blunder which, let's face it, is nevertheless extremely convenient in our day to day lives.
And all of above is only highlighting Newton's and Einstein's exquisite minds and thinkings.
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