Originally posted by smokapot
1. Is time continuous, or is it made up of individual frames (like a motion picture) ?
I'm not sure that is the best way to label it, or best set of choices to choose from. It's only going to make things worse, like asking is a movie
'Continuous' or 'Frames'? It's 'Continuous Frames'. The entire movie is One Continuous Strip of Film but without Individual Frames it is not
a Movie. Neither are the Frames by themselves without being on the Continuous Strip of Film. So depending on your preference it's 'Both' or
'Neither' or perhaps even 'One or the Other'.
Personally, I'd probably label 'Time' as "An Observed Measurement of Change". Since that pretty much breaks it down to 'An Observer', 'The
Observed', & 'The Observation' itself. So far we are unable to separate the Observer from the Observed and still have some kind of Observation and
until we do I'd say that is as good a definition as any in the most all encompassing general meaning. I'm not sure how you could make it any more
simple, yet there are many ways you can make it more specific or detailed.
2. Does the present even exist and if so how long does it last ?
Well, IMO, Yes the present does exist although most people never realize it completely. Our Present is actually a construct of memories and concepts
and things like that which interpret and give individual or perspective meaning to the actual present so that we can relate to it. Living or
realizing the true Present in the Fullest sense would mean losing any reference whatsoever to any Past or Future. There would be only The Present
which, Philosophically speaking, is Timeless, Eternal, Without End or Beginning, Ever Present, All Encompassing, Tao, Zen, Godhead, Nirvana, Nothing
and Everything, Zero and Infinity, so on and so forth, insert appropriate term or whatever is most comfortable for you personally.
That being said, it should give you some insight to what many people, cultures, etc. mean when they say that we live in a dream world that exists only
in our minds. Also, the powerful meaning behind "Carpe Diem" or Seize the Day, Live in the Here and Now, Live the Moment, there is nothing else,
etc. etc. etc.