posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 05:59 PM
Originally posted by SavedOne
I am surprised and a bit disappointed to read this because it's a theory I came up with years ago and have shared with friends over the years,
apparently it wasn't as unique as I thought, LOL! My version of it goes that all moments of time exist and are fixed points like pages stacked
together, and what we perceive as time is actually our movement across these "pages". Most believers are probably familiar with the concept of God
being "omnipresent", IE, not limited by time or space but rather existing in all times and places at once. I've used this theory to explain the
possibility that while we only see the "page" we are in at the moment because we're traveling across the pages, God sees all the pages at once.
Anyway, thanks for the clip, will be watching it this evening
This isn't too far from a description commonly used in relativity. Sean Carrol, who wrote my favorite General Relativity textbook, has used it more
Basically, it compares spacetime (our Universe) to a loaf of bread. Time is represented along the length of the loaf, increasing towards one end.
Each (infinitesimally thin) slice of bread represents a slice of space. So, each successive slice along the loaf represents that region of space at a
(The relativity of simultaneity is explained by the fact that one observers slice may be tilted with respect to another observer's slice, so they
don't agree on what constitutes a set of simultaneous events. But, none of that matters for what we're talking about.)
What's important here is that the loaf of bread represents ALL of spacetime - ALL space, and ALL time (past and future). We're stuck in the loaf and
have to experience time linearly and take in one event at a time.
But, it's been postulated that the WHOLE loaf may exist ("now"). The future is already out there, we just have to wait to get there. Now, if you can
imagine extracting yourself from the loaf and view it from the outside, you could see the whole history of the Universe (past and future) all at once.
(Your analogy to God comes in here!)
Anyhow, I don't totally buy into this idea. For one, it really makes you wonder about free will. I don't believe the future is truly fixed. If it
was, this analogy would make it seem like we're just following some premade script and really have no choice in how it ends. In addition, I don't
think this view really jives up with quantum mechanics, either.
edit on 27-6-2011 by EthanT because: (no reason given)