posted on May, 30 2013 @ 09:55 PM
Originally posted by Oldie
reply to post by Agree2Disagree
I understand why Time is necessary for our description of the observable universe, and you explained that nicely to a layman like myself.
Time being relative to the observer makes sense also.
Another question if you don't mind. If humans did not exist (no observer), would Time or any concept of it exist despite having nothing to be relative
to. Would the universe then still behave the same way without humans to observe, interact and label it ?
Interesting question but unfortunately I can only speculate and have no solid answers....
.Although I'm sure there are physicists more educated than myself that might be able to answer this, I cannot. When we talk about the "behavior" of
the Universe, we're directly referring to our observations....
HOWEVER, I will put my speculative shoes on for just a brief second...Generally speaking, when we make observations we alter the current condition of
that which is being observed...This is especially true at the subatomic level. This is known as
the observer effect
Now, the most basic implication extracted from the observer effect would be that the physical Universe is the direct result of
BUT, if we believe that conciousness is solely a working of the physical brain...then we run into a pretty big
If conciousness is solely a working of the physical brain and all matter (the physical universe) could not exist without conciousness....WTFRight? If
the observer effect truly exists, then our physical brains couldn't exist without first being "observed" somehow by some "conciousness"
So we have (speculatively of course)2 stances we can take on whether or not the Universe would behave generally the same without observers as it does
1) Yes, because the only prerequisites for the Universe to exist are Mass and Energy, neither of which are dependant upon observation to exist.
2) No, simply because the observer effect..."our observation 'creates' the Universe"....
(I presume it would be the same situation with time)
edit on 30-5-2013 by Agree2Disagree because: typographical error