What is time?

Let me ask you a question. Does the future exist? I’m sure many of you will say yes, the future does exist. It will come tomorrow. But the fact is that Tomorrow will never come. Tomorrow doesn’t exist. The future doesn’t exist. You cannot prove that there will be a tomorrow. As much as you try, you cannot say with any certainty that tomorrow will even happen, let alone what tomorrow will look like.

So, let’s really cook your noodle, shall we?

Does the past exist? This is a little more interesting of a question, because we look at our memories and say “Yes, this happened.” But when you really think about, no, the past doesn’t exist. You can’t show me the past any more than you can show me the future. You can’t show me something which happened, you can only tell me about it. Taking this one step further, we can say that you have neurons firing in your brain which have you relate to existence as though something has happened before something else.

So this begs the question, if the future doesn’t exist, and neither does the past, what does exist? Right now. And now. And now. Every instant of time is the only instant there is. Time itself is an illusion. It is what our mind spits out when it tries to comprehend that which cannot be comprehended, existence itself. From a physic point of view, time is simply a measurement of distance. That’s where we get the term space/time. This makes sense, as we measure a day as one rotation of the earth, which is itself a measurement of distance. One year is one orbit of the earth around the sun, which is 365 rotations. All units of time we have are meaningless when you remove the context of distance, thus we can say that time itself does not exist.

Well, let me ask you another question. When are you going to live the life you are meant to live? When are you going to stop living the “practice life”? We act as though the life we are living isn’t the real one. Someday we will have the big bank account. Someday we will have the perfect body. Someday we will have the perfect children, the perfect spouse, the perfect life.

But when does this life start? When do you get to someday? If time does not exist, you only have right now.

The secret is, you’ve only got one life. This one.

Rock the life you have, don’t wait for the life you want.


Nature of Reality

I'm a huge fan of science. It's always been one of my best, and favorite subjects. I somehow have a knack for inherently understanding complex theories and ideas. As a child I used to watch NOVA on PBS. It was my favorite television show. The whole universe seemed to me such a complex and beautiful place.

As my knowledge has grown, my love of the nature of the universe has as well. I love thinking about laws of physics and how they have an impact on daily life. For the purposes of this entry I'd like to define two terms. Probability is a form of existence where every single path a particle could choose is taken simultaneously. Reality is the single path a particle has chosen after observation.

Quantum mechanics (on a very basic level) states that all particles exist in wave form as well as particle form. As a particle is observed the waves of probability collapse into the particle form of reality. As reality is determined for a single particle, surrounding particles are pushed into a form of reality as well. Much like the ripples from a pebble dropped into a pond, one particle becoming a determinate form forces the ones around it to take shape around the reality which has been determined already. From this law of physics we can deduce two things:

1: Reality is not set in stone. Because every single piece of reality exists in a wave of future probable action any future action is only limited by the current state of the particle.

2: Because the very universe exists it can be said that somewhere, at some point in the past the universe must have been created. We know this by the very fact that particles exist in a determinate form. By the laws of quantum physics if there had never been a particle which had been observed, all particles would exist in a form of probability rather than a form of reality.

It's interesting to note that in regards to the second deduction, it might simply be that our universe exists entirely in the probable form of the Alpha particle (the first [and in this mode of thought, only] particle which has ever existed). This being the case it makes one wonder how we know that we actually exist at all? While it's a very existentialist mode of thought it could simply be that we do not exist at all, and the universe is a form of non-collapsed probability for a single particle.

Following this train of thought two things about the nature of the universe are further explained.

1: This explains why we cannot alter time. If the entire existence of the universe is part of the probable path of a single particle it would only make sense that we could not go back in time and change the path of events which has already occurred, or for that matter go into the future and see things how they will play out on the current time line.

2: This explains why alternate realities cannot be seen. Granted, in a case where only two possible options exist, we can determine one or the other to happen, however when infinite possibilities exist, it's possible for us to only see the few our limited frame of reference can conceive.

My personal beliefs are that we do in fact exist and the universe is not a reflection of a single wave of probability of a single particle. Because the universe exists, I take this as proof that God (of some sort) exists. If God did not exist who observed the first particle which began the cascading effect of probability turning into reality?