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26 Jul, 2007

Time to throw away your watch

Posted by: Dave In: Philosophy |Science

From Discover Magazine:

Efforts to understand time below the Planck scale have led to an exceedingly strange juncture in physics. The problem, in brief, is that time may not exist at the most fundamental level of physical reality. If so, then what is time? And why is it so obviously and tyrannically omnipresent in our own experience? “The meaning of time has become terribly problematic in contemporary physics,” says Simon Saunders, a philosopher of physics at the University of Oxford. “The situation is so uncomfortable that by far the best thing to do is declare oneself an agnostic.”

Read the whole article here.

I’m not sure the human mind can truly grasp a world in which time does not play a vital part.  It’s staggeringly difficult to even ponder what this question truly means.  I’ve always been interested in the edges of science, where if you squint hard enough in the right direction, science looks a lot like philosophy or religion.

Incredibly interesting stuff.


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3 Responses to "Time to throw away your watch"

1 | Dave

July 26th, 2007 at 10:25 pm


P.S. – you folks in Colorado notice the mention of Boulder’s atomic clock on the second page of the article?

2 | Nathan

July 27th, 2007 at 7:42 am


i’m sure time must feel different in places like Alaska were there’s long periods of sun and lack there of.

3 | Craig

August 12th, 2007 at 5:50 am


Check out “Schrödinger’s Kittens and the Search for Reality” by John Gribbin. A very strange theory about answering (solving is the wrong word) some of the quantum mysteries. The answer involves looking at time from the quantum worlds POV (i.e. time does not exist).
Science doesn’t look like philosophy or religion. It looks like a bunch of apes assembling themselves into a hierarchy. Check out, “The Trouble with Physics”.


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