Old 20th September 2002, 22:30   #1
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What is Time?

According to Stephen Hawking it's a pretzel.

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Old 20th September 2002, 22:32   #2
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Old 20th September 2002, 22:36   #3
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Old 20th September 2002, 22:41   #4
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a series of noted events from the beginning to the end.


err... something.

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Old 20th September 2002, 23:18   #5
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Old 20th September 2002, 23:22   #6
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As someone once said, time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.
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Old 21st September 2002, 00:00   #7
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Time is an artificial creation to maintain events so that it is easier to comprehend and manage. Well, in terms of sundials, clocks, watches, etc...

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Dang, when I saw that question, I thought it would be simple to answer. I can't really define time well; this is my best:

Time is simply a measure between events that is realitive to our lifespan, I guess.

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Old 21st September 2002, 00:03   #9
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Time is an artificial creation to maintain events so that it is easier to comprehend and manage. Well, in terms of sundials, clocks, watches, etc...
Before man was around to create time did everything happen all at once and were creatures able to live the same event over and over again?

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Old 21st September 2002, 00:17   #10
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"Time is on my side"-Mick Jagger (he sang it when he was younger, I doubt he feels the same today).
Time is a handy construct for keeping track of where our planet is in space as relative to the sun, in other words time is a measurement of movement through space.

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Old 21st September 2002, 00:45   #11
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Time has always existed for humans in one way or another. The earliest humans told time by looking at where the sun was in the sky. They didn't correspond that with numbers of course. Just a relative guess of what time it was.

Time exists for us because we are not omniscient(sp?). If we knew everything and everything that will happen, then we wouldn't need time.
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Old 21st September 2002, 00:50   #12
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In answer, I will post a question:
What is space?

There are some things that are just fundamental to the universe. Time and space are two of them.

You need both time and space in order for anything to change. Without either of them, you're left in stasis. I guess you could say that time and space are the universe's way to promote entropy.

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Old 21st September 2002, 00:50   #13
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Dictionary.com's defintion of time.
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Old 21st September 2002, 00:54   #14
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Re: What is Time?

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According to Stephen Hawking it's a pretzel.
I need more pretzels to think about it.
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Old 21st September 2002, 01:00   #15
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"I need more pretzels to think about it."-PapaDoc

LOL!
And maybe a few barley pops to wash em down with too!
(9 out of 10 pretzel eaters agree it beats bong water)

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time is but the mearest speck of human existance that defines humanity based on numerical events that doesnt correlate to anything but our planet spinning around the sun. its like language, its scribbles to communitate an idea.
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"I need more pretzels to think about it."-PapaDoc

LOL!
And maybe a few barley pops to wash em down with too!
(9 out of 10 pretzel eaters agree it beats bong water)
Ah yes...but with allot of bong water,
well...who care's what time it is?
Now don't bogart those pretzels my friend.
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Old 21st September 2002, 02:01   #19
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time is reletive i think....

We guage time from our planets revolvement arount the sun, but what about our suns movement in the milky way. We can guage time from that if we tracked our solar systems motion through the milky way precisely. But then, what can we guage the milky ways position from. I guess what I'm postulating is that if the universe is infinite, then a universal all encompasing time does not exist. It can be only used briefly as a nifty tool but is by no means everlasting. You can also argue this by saying that just because we percieve seconds and minutes passing as we do doesn't mean that is the universal law. That is just how the chronography works in human brains now. Its all just chemical on's and off's regulated by our heartbeat and electrical system I would assume. (I read somewhere that scientists may have isolated the area of the brain that deals with time perception. Some psychadelics shake up the chemical systems that are dependant in this area, hence, the token side effects of eating salvia divinorum or acid etc...)

I've also heard many metaphysical answers to this question, but I won't get into them.
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Time is the measurement of motion I guess.
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So are motionless objects timeless, therefore ageless? If motion does not exist, as so many scholars have argued, does that mean that time, as well, does not exist?

Time, as a concept, is a way to contrast change against changlessness. Like all human-made concepts, however, the idea behind Time can be added to and subtracted from. Meaning, that our definition of Time will... change over time
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Old 21st September 2002, 04:06   #22
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What is time? I wouldn't know.

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Old 21st September 2002, 13:00   #23
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There are some things that are just fundamental to the universe. Time and space are two of them.
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time is an axiomatic concept, it cannot be defined. so the question has no answer.

when we define things, and then define the things that we use to define things, and so on, we eventually reach a point where we have a small number of things from which all others can be defined. time is one of those things, a building block for definitions, an irreducible concept.


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well if it's a measurement then without it I would be late

I definately believe that without time everything would happen at once.
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Old 21st September 2002, 17:31   #27
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Before man was around to create time did everything happen all at once and were creatures able to live the same event over and over again?
What Oni said!

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So are motionless objects timeless, therefore ageless? If motion does not exist, as so many scholars have argued, does that mean that time, as well, does not exist?

Might you also argue that motionlessness does not exist, or, everything is moving. This may be impossible to prove in an infinite universe though, because there may not be an "anchor block" with which to compare all other matter to in terms of distance and movement.
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time is an axiomatic concept, it cannot be defined. so the question has no answer.

when we define things, and then define the things that we use to define things, and so on, we eventually reach a point where we have a small number of things from which all others can be defined. time is one of those things, a building block for definitions, an irreducible concept.

Smallest common denominator.

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So are motionless objects timeless, therefore ageless?
No objects are motionless. Motion is relative, so if one object moves, all objects move.

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Old 22nd September 2002, 00:27   #31
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No objects are motionless. Motion is relative, so if one object moves, all objects move.
But what if motion itself is illusionary? What if all things are really static, but we simply perceive them to be dynamic?
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That theory makes no sense that I can see. Perception itself involves motion. If there is no motion, then why would we percieve it? For that matter, we wouldn't be here if there was no motion.

There are some "philisophical" topics that can be interesting, but debating something that directly contradicts our perceptions doesn't amount to much. The absence of motion would negate our very existence.

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But what if motion itself is illusionary? What if all things are really static, but we simply perceive them to be dynamic?
Hmm... explain what you mean. Who's theory is this?
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No objects are motionless.
That is true.

Everything is moving. Every atom in the universe is moving slightly due to heat, for even one of these atoms to not be moving at all would require for no atoms to be moving, which would also mean that the entire universe be frozen at absolute zero. I guess that in a way this would make truly motionless objects timeless, except that there are no motionless objects.

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dosent adams also have some weird thing in hitchhikers that proves the total population of the universe is 0?

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