Our basic day to day functions are based on and scheduled according to time. Time represents the past, present and the future. The past has already happened, is fixed by time. The present is this very moment when you’re reading this and the future is a wonder and the approaching present. Everything is controlled and enunciated by time. The teacher scolds a student on being late and not on time. Every important task, be it a meeting in a president’s office, or a date with a pretty girl; it is really important to be on time. But the main question which lies here is, if it is a time which governs every occasion and every being, does it exist?
Many people claim time as the 4th dimension, and many claim that there is no such thing as time. People who believe that time does not exist say that time is not a continuous flow, instead whatever we experience is a series of snapshots which goes on the moment after moment after moment. From the big bang theory which happened 14 billion years ago, to the stars that formed the galaxy, to the creation of Earth 4.5 billion years ago, to the time when dinosaurs existed and to the time the present earth is today; all are placed on a slice of “Now” which happened at different moments. A series of these slices in the ascending order of the moments in which they took place is known as time, which is evidence that time is illusionary. When these “Now” slices are placed on top of the moments at the present, they will form the future.
Einstein said that time and space cannot survive alone and depend on each other. He called this concept “space-time” and claimed it to be the 4th dimension. He found out that there is a profound link between the motion through space and passage in time. When a person is in motion or is moving, it relatively effects that moment making it slower and thus placing his “Now” slice in an angled position. This will relate to time differences in several hundred or millions of years in different parts of the universe.
Julian Barbour, a physicist and a cosmologist, strongly claims that time is an illusion and does not exist. He says that people cannot hold onto time because it isn’t there at all. He claims that all the Nows have a special structure, and he thinks that to be a landscape or a country called Platonia.
Barbour believes that the Big Bang theory hasn’t taken place in the past. Instead, it is just a special place in Platonia. He states that we do not have any evidence of whatever happened in the past except for memory. But memory is created by neurons in our brains. We also do not have any evidence of the formation of Earth except for fossils and rocks. He believes that all Nows are linked to one another in the Platonia and appear to be lined up in sequence, but there is no evidence of the actual time of flow, and it is nowhere to be found.
There are many theories relating to time and space, and some tests have been performed to find out whether time exists or not. The majority of them believe the time to be an illusion and that it does not exist.
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