21958, RE: More on time|
Posted by guest, Thu Aug-17-00 08:45 AM
>When does time happen?
I don't think it's a matter of when. Can we exist out of time? Can there be a place where there is no birth or death and we're still conscious of our surroundings and senses?
>Does it occur in discrete moments?
> Or as a flow?
I believe everything is cyclical. Starts and stops don't exist with respect to time (unless one wears a cheap timex :-)).
>If the change is occurring at
>a pace that is too
>small for me to notice
>("experience"), then I can't "experience"
>it, right? I'm not
>convinced that I "experience" time.
You're not conscious of the passage of time, but it has a direct effect on you. If your meaning of experience is based on sensory perceptions then you don't experience it.
Let me ask you this. If you conceived a child yesterday are you experiencing pregnancy? Or just because you don't "feel" the child inside you you don't consider it the actual experience.
>Reaching way back into the dusty
>caverns of my memory, I
>think I remember from high
>school calculus that the whole
>point of calculus is to
>measure the change that takes
>place at a "point" --
>remembering that a "point" has
>no space itself and, if
>thought of as a point
>in time, is instantaneous.
>It's a helpful construct, because
>since time and space are
>made up of an infinite
>number of "points," none of
>which have any space or
>take any time themselves but
>all of which added together
>make all of time and
>all of space, then we
>are kind of stuck with
>a model that requires instantaneous
>change. And if change
>has to occur instantaneously, then
>change doesn't necessitate time, right?
Uh...I'll get back to you on that one...