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Dinesh club
No matter what picture of the universe one embraces, time seems to play a key role. Indeed, our existing models are so thoroughly time based, they can neither be understood nor disproved without also understanding time itself. Thus we must tackle it before anything else.

This is no mere philosophical matter. It goes to the heart of our perceptions and lies at the fulcrum between the observer and nature. . . . . If there is one big difference between people and animals, it is not that we are unafraid of vacuum cleaners. It is that we are time obsessed.

On one level, what we commonly mean by time is inarguably real. Our car’s GPS announces that if we stay on this highway we will reach Cleveland in 3 hours and 48 minutes. And we do. Moreover, while we do that, countless other events unfold in our bodies and elsewhere on the Earth

The question of time has tormented philosophers for millennia, and this torture shows no signs of abating. Happily, unlike the intricacies of say, Middle East politics, here we have only two contrasting view points.

One is the opinion held by such noted smart people as Isaac Newton, who sawtime as part of the fundamental structure of the universe. He believed it to be inherently real. If so, time constitutes its own dimension and stands separate from events, which unfold sequentially within its matrix. This is probably how most people view time.

The opposing view, argued for centuries by other smart people such as Immanuel Kant, is that time is not an actual entity. It is not a kind of “container” that events “move through”. In this view, there is no flow of time. Rather, it’s a framework devised by human observers as they attempt to give organization and structure to the vast labyrinth of information whirling in their minds.

If this later view is true, and time is only a kind of intellectual framework along with lines of our numbering systems or the way we order things spatially, then it certainly cannot be “traveled,” nor can it be measured on its own.
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Dinesh club
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