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What is Chronosophy?

In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggers; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography. 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

What is Time?

We die. This truth is inevitable and certain, and although presumed distant when we are young, and even when we are not young, we all know it will happen to ourselves one day.  Maybe soon.  But when?  And then what?  What if anything might be next?  Nobody knows that, so don’t look at me.  Mors Certa, Hora Incerta, (death is certain, the hour uncertain) — this is a great mystery of life.  We cannot know when we will die; we can only know that it will happen.

So there are anti-aging cosmetics, botox, surgery, self-care regimens to stave off the mark of age from our bodies, and late turns to religion for the security of our souls.  But part of the great mystery of this prospect is that while the whenever-it-will-be end approaches, and often more quickly than we would wish, we cannot use reason or logic or any other conceptual tool in order to know what will happen to us after we die, or even to know if there is anything at all after life.… More