Originally posted by minkmouse
"Therefore time does not flow in a continuous stream but rather in extremely small steps. I hope this helps you to somewhat understand the nature of
Is this theory or proven science? Am I really going to understand the nature of time if I digest this information?
It is proven science. The Planck Constant has been known for quite some time now and has been proven in experiments. In efforts to measure time
periods shorter than the Planck constant they find that time does not move within the boundaries of a single unit of Planck time. Time only appears to
flow in an analog or smooth flow because the quanta of time delineated by the Planck Constant are many orders of magnitude shorter than we can
perceive. It is like watching a movie or television picture. The motion is broken up into short enough periods that the function of our retinas known
as "persistence of vision" blends them all together in our visual cortex. If you have a DVD player capable of single frame playback you will see
that what you perceive as continuous motion is really just a series of rapidly changing still pictures.
But don't get your hopes up too high for fully understanding time since the scientists who study it with their extremely sensitive instruments don't
understand it all that well themselves.
For instance, an atomic clock will run measurably faster if it is raised in altitude by only a few feet. This effect has to be taken into account in
the GPS system (receivers on the ground and satellites in orbit) for the GPS system to even work. That makes two things that can affect the rate of
relative time flow; the first being speed in relation to another object and the second being the gravitational effect described above.
If you are interested click on this link
to go to my personal website to
read three articles I wrote that deal with an apparent violation of the speed of light limit observed in quantum entanglement. The first article will
be found about halfway down the page and is entitled "Some Thoughts on Quantum entanglement". The second and third articles which are spinoffs of
the first are the last two on the page and they are entitled "E T Call Home" which presents my opinion as to why the SETI (S
ntelligence") project is a monumental waste of time and money and "Wherefore Art Thou Oh Dark Quark" which
postulates a reason for astrophysicists not being able to find the so called "dark matter" that has to exist for the galaxy's to hold their shape
and size in spite of there not being enough observable matter to account for the observed gravitational effects.