I wrote something here called “What is Time?” in which I didn’t answer the question. Well I did. But I really didn’t. The question “what is time?” is a trick question. It is also a question that permeates everything.
Time is not science, exactly. I does not fully belong to the arts. It is not the province of religion, not really. None of these things are true, nor are they false. Look at what academia does with time, or rather what they haven’t done. There is no department of chronosophy (nor should there be). I could list disciplines, sub-disciplines, academic specialities and subspecialties, fracturing and proliferating fractal-like into increasing specificity all referring back to itself and say time is not this nor is it that. Take it all away and what you have left is time.
Why? Think of time as an idea occupying a different level of scale from our customary divisions of knowledge. … More
Many people have agreed to name this day the first day of January, 2017, and that this date marks the beginning point of the year. 2016 is over, now on this day we say 2017. We need this sort of standardization so we might communally preform the usual cycles of society (commercial, political, spiritual, and so on) according to annual schedules. As a people, like other cultures before ours, we enjoy feeling that that which has started, may start again. An event that means enough to be remembered, can be remembered again. Accurately. We like to say this is the exact day upon which whatever it was happened, happened.
Our need for ritual depends upon such a precision to reality; this moment will come around again and we can plan when that will be. But it doesn’t. Temporal repetitiveness would be nightmarish. Can you imagine the eerie sameness we would experience as we age? In this Nietzschean eternal return1 what free will would we have? … More