The Question of Time: An Illusion, a Delusion, a Magical Order or All of the Above

The Question of Time: An Illusion, a Delusion, a Magical Order or All of the Above

Aug 25 2013

When I’ve asked people the question, “what are clocks designed to do?”, I get all sorts of interesting replies What I’ve found out is that time is an extremely confused subject in the Western world. As I develop this story I will reveal the answer, but why don’t you ask yourself what you think time is and what it is that clocks are designed to do. The obvious answer might be that clocks tell time. Clocks don’t tell time per se, rather they measure an aspect of our world. For now let’s just say that time is an abstract term for a very common phenomena that most of us take for granted. Einstein was the first to say that time is the 4th dimension, an even more abstract concept and one of his few miscalculations. I’ve read books on the Western notion of time and it seems that even the experts can’t agree as to what time is.   Here are some official definitions of time. Websters defines Time as…. 1a : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues: duration b : a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future 2: the point or period when something occurs Wikipedia defines Time as…. Time is a part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change such as the motions of objects.[1] The temporal position of events with respect to the transitory present is continually changing; future events become...