Like a history book. So, in other words, time is not something that is actually real. Therefore, time is an illusion. No offence, but you have just admitted what I have been saying all along. Past and future have no reality of their own and are nothing more than thoughts in our heads. Thoughts that we are having NOW. The NOW is the space in which everything exists and happens. Your whole life exists now. To keep it simple: You are born, you go to school, go to university, get a job, work till 65, grow old and then die. Right now you are reading these words, most likely in your university dorm. Everything that happened in your life is a memory trace, which you think of now. The future has no reality of its own as it is always now. If you get to those further stages in life (i.e. you do not die before they happen), when they happen it will be Now. Is that not FACT?
(Original post by v-zero)
You could make the same statement about anything, it doesn't mean anything. There is no 'now'. Time isn't a thing you can put a hand on, it's not something you know or have or experience, it is something that describes the passage of events from a particular reference point.
Last edited by yozzo; 09-11-2011 at 02:30.
Time is a property of the universe, the same as space. Just as we exist at a location in space, so do we exist at a location in time, and that location is constantly changing for each of us (not necessarily at the same rate).
However, in terms of an individual's perception of time, it may as well just be an illusion. The past does not exist save that it has left behind artifacts that hint at it, and once a memory has been formed there becomes no way to prove its accuracy - we just check its conformity to others' memories and artifacts of that time that continue to exist in the present. This moment, 'now', could exist forever and we would not realise it, and similarly it could exist for far more or far less than we feel it to be - measuring time in terms of time becomes meaningless. The only time we know that has actually existed is now. The past could be an illusion, the concept of the future could be an illusion, and a person's perception of time as a linear sequence could be wholly innaccurate. Maybe we go through time backwards, 'remembering' the things that are still yet to come.
Last edited by miser; 09-11-2011 at 18:00.