reply to post by AlchemistSwami
Your first assumption
is that Time exists.
I would seriously
If Time actually
existed, it would be, like All
things that exist, an independently, discreetly quantifiable
entity: it would
posses inherently discernable bounderies, defining what is, from what is not a part of itself: the way we can, for example, determine what is, and
what is not, an apple, when compared to an orange.
Or even when compared to Another
apple; since even the two apples are discreet
entities in and of, themselves.
One cannot do this with Time.
Yes, we can arbitrarily
divide what we "perceive" as Time into discreet units (days, weeks, hours, seconds, etc.), but these divisions are
perceptual convienences at best: they do not actually
effect Time itself in any signficant way, as would, say slicing an apple into pieces
would fundamentally change the structure of the subject apple.
If Time existed as an actual, quantifiable entity, we should
be able to divvy up Time into actual, discreet portions (hours, seconds,
milliseconds, etc.). But what, then, would exist Between the portion we've "extracted" and the Next portion?
If Time exists, as you seem to argue, like "beads on a string", then what lies between the beads, where there is no "Time": where the discreet
essence of one "moment of Time" ends and another begins?
And if there exists a quantifiable "gap" between the end of one "moment" and the start of another, this "gap" must be, by nature of the
definition of Time, b]Not
But, if each "particle of Time" is preceded and followed by a period of "No Time", thus defining the individual "moments" of Time, Do you see
that there can then be no "passage of Time"; no Past, Present, or Future, since this would require that Time would be able to "flow through" these
periods of "No Time", thus extinguishing them.
Thus, we must conclude that Time cannot exist, as we are wont to preceive it at least, as a "series of moments", or "points (of Time) on a line";
at best, we can say that Time appears to be a "line", unbroken and indivisable.
Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to say, counter-intuitively and much to our confoundment, that Time only, truly, exists as a figment of our
limited preceptional abilities.
Your second assumption is that since Time exists, we cannot travel backwards
to a certain point
I would then argue that, since it is apparant that Time, at least as you have presented the concept, does Not
exist, it therefore may
possible to "travel" in any direction of "Time" one desires.