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Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.
Rovelli’s new book, The Order of Time, published in April, is about our experience of time’s passage as humans, and the fact of its absence at minuscule and vast scales. He makes a compelling argument that chronology and continuity are just a story we tell ourselves in order to make sense of our existence.
Time, Rovelli contends, is merely a perspective, rather than a universal truth. It’s a point of view that humans share as a result of our biology and evolution, our place on Earth, and the planet’s place in the universe.
“From our perspective, the perspective of creatures who make up a small part of the world—we see that world flowing in time,” the physicist writes. At the quantum level, however, durations are so short that they can’t be divided and there is no such thing as time.
In fact, Rovelli explains, there are actually no things at all. Instead, the universe is made up of countless events. Even what might seem like a thing—a stone, say—is really an event taking place at a rate we can’t register. The stone is in a continual state of transformation, and on a long enough timeline, even it is fleeting, destined to take on some other form.
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I believe that once this concept of time as being “globular”, as opposed to linear, becomes dominant in the human conscience, we will begin to understand a new way to achieve feats if travel once thought impossible.
originally posted by: seaswine
When I'm feeling down, I remind myself that everything, everyone, molecule, atom is connected. We do not perceive it visually. It is an illusion that we feel we are separate.
I know not what exactly this gigantic, hectic but beautiful thing we experience is... but I do know it is all part of one singularity. Alive. Conscious.
On a fundamental level there's no time because there's no distance between events
originally posted by: neoholographic
A lot of people say time is an illusion and it isn't real.
So everything would be a singular consciousness experiencing separation anxiety so we create a flow of time to make sense of it all.
originally posted by: Bhadhidar
a reply to: neoholographic
“On a fundamental level there's no time because there's no distance between events.”
So simple a realization, and yet, seemingly so difficult for most people to understand!
One “moment” no matter how brief we may define that moment to be, does not “end” so that the next “moment” can have a beginning, for the “gap” between the end of one moment and the beginning of the next moment, no matter how short/brief that gap might be, would be a period of “no time” and would thus never end.
The perceived “passage of time” is merely a matter of point of view.
I believe that once this concept of time as being “globular”, as opposed to linear, becomes dominant in the human conscience, we will begin to understand a new way to achieve feats of travel once thought impossible.