Check out the CRAZIEST Ways To Explain Time! From the space time continuum to the fact that time is just an illusion, this top 10 list of theories about time has some of the most surprising propositions about time!
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10. The B Theory of Time
There’s a debate raging between time theorists, between those who subscribe to the ideas of what is known as the A-theory, and those who believe in the B-theory. The A-theory is what most of us think and experience in regards to time- that the past, present, and future are linear and are fundamental to the nature of time itself… but B-theorists don’t agree. And you know how intense scientists can get about their debates!!
9. The Higher You Are, The Quicker Time Passes
Einstein’s theory of relativity was a game changer for our explanations of the fundamental processes that occur within the universe, but it’s the consequences that it had for the understanding of time that are, perhaps, the most interesting.
8. Time Travel MIGHT be Possible
Einstein’s theory also stated that the faster an object moves, the slower it experiences time. The theoretical maximum limit for this is the speed of light. At this speed, time is at a stand-still. While we see light from the other side of the universe that has taken billions of years to reach us, from the photon’s point of view, this journey happens instantaneously.
7. The Fourth Dimension
Our observation of everything around us gives the impression that we live in a 3-dimensional space. With an x,y, and z-axis, we can define the position and shape of any object, but what if there was a fourth dimension that's yet to be discovered?
6. Father Time
Without their understanding of quantum physics or the realization of the theory of relativity, the Greeks had their own ways to understand time- which treated it as a surprisingly fluid concept.
5. The Specious Present
The phrase ‘Specious Present' first became used in the late 1800s as a way to describe the period of time in which we exist, with William James defining it as the way that we are always aware of a certain duration, be it a few seconds to no more than a minute, and that this is the original intuition of time.
4. Quantum Gravity Theories
The realm of Quantum Physics is an exciting and, in many ways, illogical one- so quantum gravity theories are an attempt to combine the theories of quantum mechanics with the theory of relativity. This is by no means a completed idea, but the main principles involve suggesting that time is not a fundamental building block of the physical world.
3. McTaggart’s Argument
The idea of time being non-existent is a particularly new one. The philosopher J.M.E McTaggart published a notorious paper in 1908, in which he argued that there’s no such thing as time at all. What??
2. We Never Exist in the Present
Our experience of the world is dictated by what our brains perceive, but with so much information being collected at all times, it takes huge processing power to analyze everything. That's why our brains purposefully ignore what they deem to be irrelevant stimuli and, amazingly, have the ability to re-write the past to fill in the gaps!!
1. The End of Time
Finally, perhaps the craziest theory of time of all is that one day, it will cease to exist entirely. Which is what some physicists believe at least. (Obviously not the ones who are arguing time doesn’t exist anyway- and I’m not counting the philosophers here).
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