[time-nuts] Time may not exist

Bill Hawkins bill at iaxs.net
Sat Jul 28 00:48:22 EDT 2007

Before this subject deteriorates into what trial lawyers and
politicians excel at (twisting words to obscure the truth),
consider what happens if time does not exist.

Velocity is distance moved per unit of time, or distance is
velocity times time. If time does not exist, then nothing moves.

Reproduction becomes impossible.

Even thought becomes impossible because neurons fire depending
on the pulse rate at synapses.

Not to mention communication and other things that are frequency
sensitive, including light and radiant heat.

And then there's the matter of Earth rotating in several ways.

Since all of these things do exist, time exists. It is what goes
on inside the brains of quantum physicists that leads them to
make rash statements about things they cannot measure. As I
recall, the derivation of the Planck length seemed suspect.

But it's all good fun, right up there with building a basement
time standard - actually a frequency standard and a counter.

There was a time when a time standard was a burning candle, or
dripping water. Accuracy is limited by the available technology.

Bill Hawkins

Come to think of it, popular magazine writers are pretty good at
twisting words, too.

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