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Time – what would we do without? But it does not exist. It is a total byproduct of our physiology. Yet, in today's era, we would live in chaos without it. But, prior to the sundial, prior to the sand glass, humankind existed without it.
I posit, all other organisms, today – bacteria, plant life, mammals, reptiles, fish, insects, etc. – live without documenting time. All human functions work without time. We can live in nature without Big Ben. We can sustain ourselves, we can reproduce and multiply, all without the concept of time – just as Lucy had done 3.2 million years ago or monarch butterflies do today.
But, wait, the problem of proposing or claiming that time does not exist has already begun. I have described such concepts as "prior to the sundial," "existed," "today's era," and "3.2 million years ago." These word strings all assume a present and a past. The evidence of time, through artifacts, therefore, is so evident.
Visualizing "no time" is almost impossible.
Since we have created an innumerable amount of associations with time, this observation begs other bold statements – the universe knows no time; time is not a dimension. There is no past, present or future; Of course, then, there is neither a beginning nor end. Lucy is very much alive, "today."
Some of these conjectures are not new; we simply disregard them and go on with our lives, because they are so contrary to our primary physiological experiences and contrived intellectual reasoning.
Physics and other sciences have created "laws" and, therefore, posses "proven and tested realities" which confirm time. But, to the best of my knowledge, there is no discipline which actually devotes itself to the study of time – its properties, its existence or non-existence, its origin. Additionally, our current physics and mathematics would have to change, if time were denied.
But we "experience" it, we observe it; It is measured. It is used and drives humankind and all worldwide activities.
However, just because observing and applying the concepts of time works so well for us, does not make valid reasoning for its existence. Just because we observe and say that A=B, does not make it reality. Millions of Neanderthals observed and reasoned that the sun revolved around our planet.
It was only recently, within the last century, that we realized our sun was just another star – one of billions. It was only recently that we observed that we were embedded within a galaxy – one of billions.
It was only recently observed and calculated that our universe was expanding. Einstein, as well as most scientists of his time, believed it to be constant.
How old is our solar system? How old is the universe? Science approximates our universe to be approximately 13.7 billion years old. We believe this to be true. But, by what clock? A universal timepiece? No, we use the earth's cycle around the sun because we reside here, because we became aware of and observed a rhythm we call seasons.
But do rhythms indicate and conclude existence of time? No, they are just observed repeating cycles – pulses. Why should not the cycle of Saturn be our standard, legitimate clock? At 29.7 earth years per cycle around the sun, our universe would be much younger – 0.461 billion years.
Therefore, which clock or time is correct – the one we choose because we live on this planet? Observing a rhythm and declaring existence of time is an intellectual disconnect. The two are as unrelated as A is from B. With something as "critical" and "real" (so we claim) as time, should time not exist as a universal constant and entity?
The universe knows no time. It does not require it to exist. I posit there is no universal entity which is driven by or requires time to function. The universe functions very well without our physiological experiences, resulting in contrivance of time.
So, if time does not exist, what would this mean? How would this change our understanding of the universe and ourselves? How would this affect our sciences and our daily lives? I cannot conceptualize, at this time, or make predictions of this state of reality. It is beyond my immediate capability. I leave this to others, much more adept than I.
But I offer some apparent observations and, I believe, reasonable basic logic that has lead to my propositions of the "essence" of time, its "origin" and some intellectual as well as states of "reality" ramifications.
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