What is Time?

Last Update: December 19, 2018

Hello beautiful people.

I wanted to write a blog about time and I did some research about the subject then I got lost in time.

I am not sure if I understood all I read.

I wanted know the answers to the following questions:

Does time have a beginning?

Can we consider time without considering space?

Was there a universe before time?

When did time become a feature of the universe?

How was the universe before time came into existence?

Those are all questions I wish I could answer, because I am not sure if I understood what I read.

If somebody could explain in easy words, please enlighten us

But I am going to try to make this post interesting and not stop at the questions marks.

What is time and why it is always moving forward?

We take it for granted that time always move forward but physicists don’t: most natural laws are “time reversible” which means they would work just as well as running backwards.

Imagine that for a second. People would grow younger instead of older and, after a process of gradual rejuvenation – unlearning everything they know – they would ending up in the wombs of their mothers.

Time’s direction is an issue that cosmologists also are grappling with. Not only physicists

For a long time scientists, including Albert Einstein, thought that the universe was static and infinite but we know now that it is not; that it is in fact expanding, and at an accelerating rate.

We came to the conclusion that it must have originated from a more compact state that we call the Big Bang,

If we believe in the Big Bang theory, it means that time does have a beginning. Through various realizations scientists started to you to determine the age of the universe (see below).

It is very complicated subject, so I am going to just talk about time on our planet earth.

The simple answer that everyone can understand is that time is the persistent progress of existence and events that occur in an irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future

This definition of time is not complete because it doesn’t take into account Time perception which is a field of study that refers to the subjective experience of time, which is measured by personal perception of the duration of advancing of events.

Time perception seems to be a simple subject, but believe me it is not.

I can simply say that we can measure the perceived time interval between two successive events but the confusion is when we know its is not possible to understand or experience another person's perception of time.

Apparently the reason is because Time Perception is a construction of the sapient brain, but one that is manipulable and distortable under certain circumstances.

I hope it makes sense.

Certain emotional states have effect on time perceptions

Here are some examples:

Awe The feeling of awecan expand somebody perceptions of time Because when we are in a state of awe we experience of immense perceptual vastness together with an increase in focusing our temporal perception would slow down Fear Time seems to slow down for a person during dangerous events such as a robbery, a car accident, a robbery, or when we are in front of a predator. It sis the same when a person skydives or bungee jumps, where they're capable of complex thoughts in what would normally be the blink of an eye Empathy

The perception of another persons' emotions can also change our sense of time.

Embodied cognition connect on an internal process that mimics or simulates another's emotional state. For example, if person #1 spends time with person #2 who speaks and walks incredibly slowly, person #1's internal clock may slow down.

Depression

Depression may increase one's ability to perceive time accurately.

Depressed people focused less on external factors that may change their judgment of time.

In addition to emotions, time perception can change with age and drugs

There are so many other topics related to time but the blog will be much longer and let finish with a simple definition of time everyone can understand

It has been really very interesting to do research about time.

I hope you enjoyed the post and please put your comments about what you think time is.Also, please put what time is it where you are when you read this post

Have a great weekend ahead.

Love and Bliss

Adel

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Dashnow Premium
Was once in a bad car accident and I remember time slowing down, IE my perception of it. I can still see the scene in my head and it is in slow motion. I have read that this occurs with many who have been in a traumatic situation. I have always wondered if time or the universe had a beginning, how could that be? What was there before the beginning? One could go crazy thinking about this stuff. Very interesting, however.
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AdelCheffi Premium
I am sorry to hear about your bad accident my friend
I hope you are fine now.
Yes, time is a very complicated subject.
I did some research before I wrote the post and the more I think I understand, the more I realized I don't.
Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas my friend
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ECV82 Premium
Adel,

Those are all interesting. I've been aware of most of them having read some of these theories. As far as time on earth is concerned, most primitive societies used cyclical time -- the seasonal cycle for example. They remembered events by recalling other memorable events that happened at the same or near the same time.

According to a book I read by Thomas Cahill, The Gift of the Jews, it was the Jews who gave us linear time like we see it today. They saw time beginning with the creation (the big bang) and ending in some apocalypse in the future.

Physicists are finding that time warps in the universe and that it can run backwards, but reading all that makes my head hurt.

Good post.

Ellen
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AdelCheffi Premium
Thank you Ellen.

I think there is truth in what you said.

I did some research before I wrote the blog, and the more I think I understand, the more I realized I don't.

My conclusion is that we still don't know much about time and what we know now will be diminished one day after other new theories come up backed but conclusive experiments and measurements by tools that we still don't even have now

It's confusing because also at times we think we got all the answers, the questions will changed.

Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas my friend
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keishalina9 Premium
... time is an illusory creation ... 😊
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AdelCheffi Premium
So true

I did some research before I wrote the blog, and the more I think I understand, the more I realized I don't.

My conclusion is that we still don't know much about time and what we know now will be diminished one day after other new theories come up backed but conclusive experiments and measurements by tools that we still don't even have now

It's confusing because also at times we think we got all the answers, the questions will changed.

Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas my friend
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keishalina9 Premium
... artificial construct ... no confusion here about that ....

keep well, keep happy! ... that's real ! .... cheerio .... 😊

enjoy a beautiful holiday season ... 🎁 virtual gift ...
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ExpatMark Premium
Thanks Adel, glad I took the "time" to read.

Have a great week.

Mark
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JerryMcCoy Premium
To me time is subjective.
Jerry
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AdelCheffi Premium
So true but some say time is an illusion
It's very complicated subject.

I did some research before I wrote the blog, and the more I think I understood, the more I realized I don't.

My conclusion is that we still don't know much about time and what we know now will be diminished one day after other new theories come up backed but conclusive experiments and measurements by tools that we still don't even have now

It's confusing because also at times we think we got all the answers, the questions will changed.

Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas my friend
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