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How do you personally measure time?

Updated on May 5, 2009

What I think time is.

 Time is something that we can not completely comprehend.  Time, to us, is only a means of measuring the 'time' that passes through an infinite series of events, but this is not what time really is.  Time is just a way of getting society to function according to day, midday and night.  The hour, year, second and other units of time are just the creation of humanity.  Time is actually relative to our position, therefore there is no such thing as a set definition or parameter of time.  When saying relative, I do not only mean from our position with Sun and Earth, but the position of us on Earth to the universe itself.  The sun is expanding little by little, and I am not sure if this is why we do this, but each 'year', we must increase the time for a year by a certain amount of time (I am not so sure about how much time.).  Yet, what about the accelerating expansion of the universe?  How can we be able to measure the relativity of our position with a universe that is continually accelerating?  I do not think that we can make an infinite change in our calculation in position, which results in the change in what absolute time is.  I do not think that any human can do so.  Therefore, because there is practically an infinite relative positions you can measure from in accordance to your position of time, it really is impossible to determine an actual definition of time because there is no actual time. 

Also, if one were to consider the relativity of time to the wholeness of time itself, one could consider that time never actually does pass.  For example, if the beginning of everything was never defined at a set point, then we can designate this as infinity (the past).  Any time that is limited (ie. 500 years, 2 seconds, according to our time) divided by inifinity would result in zero, thus implying that no time or almost no time has passed.

Again, this is just a possible theory that came through.  Please feel free to disagree.


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    • dsuh2010 profile image

      dsuh2010 9 years ago

      Hi, I would agree that there is change and time is needed for change, but I am looking at this through a macroscopic pov. We are too focused on only having a viewpoint only of humanity. There is change, but change in the macroscopic sense is not significant. Depending on your position, it is still possible that there really was no such thing as a beginning. A billion years ago is far too short for the whole universe or for anything to have begun, in my opinion. If there was such a thing as the Big Bang, it would have taken assumably close to an infinite number of years to actually create a force that would be expanding. The past exists, but again it only renders significance in a microscopic pov.

      I do enjoy such lively discussion.

      Thank you for your reply.

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      L.A. Walsh 9 years ago from Lowell, MA

      Good ideas. Thank you for answering my request! :o)

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      issues veritas 9 years ago

      Time is change and without chage there is no time.

      Time that has past is not infinite, there was a beginning, billions of light years ago. While billions is a large number it is far from being infinite. Whether the future is open and infinite is not known?

      There is no future until it happens, but the past exists and will continue to exist.


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