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