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Isaac Newton believed time was absolute, independent of the observer and perpetually forward-moving. Albert Einstein felt time was relative, dependent upon perception and prone to manipulation by other forces.

Now, maverick physicist Peter Lynds proposes the radical alternative: That time doesn’t even really exist, but rather is just an imagined concept.

The thrust of Lynds’ thinking appears to be the inability to conclusively prove that time, as a truly quantifiable force, exists. Since you can’t measure it apart from the effects upon other objects, it’s hard to extract it.

As with most thing physics, much of this is over my head. But it seems to resonate with an observation I made about the nature of time, years ago:

To me, it seems that time is a fundamentally physical, rather than conceptual, phenomenon. Think about it: The only way you can tell time has passed is in the outward, physical signs. You observe wear-and-tear upon people and things, and from that have the indication that time runs. But that’s all there is to it: physical growth and deterioration. The perceptual part — chiefly recollections — resides only in our minds. Without the physical proof, time doesn’t manifest itself to us.

Maybe this is the core of Lynds’ theories. I’m not sure why it would rattle so many cages, because is seems logical to me.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/29/2005 03:52:44 PM
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