Time and I

by on Friday, 13 April 2007 Comments
Just what is this thing we call “time”? It is a particular moment in the succession of events. We ask “What “time” is it?” The answer depends on the precision we want: what year or month or day or hour or minute or second or thousandths of a second, etc. And then it depends on where you are. 8:00 P.M. in New York is either 8:00 A.M. or 9:00 A.M. the next day in Hong Kong depending on whether it is Eastern Daylight Saving Time or Eastern Standard Time in New York.

The passage of “time” can be envisioned as a long line that stretches from the first moment of “time” (if there ever was a moment before which there was not yet any “time”) and stretches infinitely into the future. Everything that happens happens at some point on that line. Each point is the simultaneous location in “time” for everything in the universe that existed at that moment.
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