Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MOG: What's ‘The Time’, Mr Wolf?


The moment Harish Bhimani’s voice used to boom out of the television set, “MAIN SAMAY HOON” [I am time], we used to rush towards the TV room. As the wheel of time revolved, we got glued to the television set. Time is something we are so familiar with. We get angry when it is wasted, we curse ourselves for not having enough of it; there are good times, there are bad times; time is money and it flies. Time is priceless and free. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back. We all have an opinion about time, but, if we pause for a moment and ponder, we realize how little we actually know about it. What is time? Does it have a beginning or an end? Is it a fundamental entity? Why do we only remember the past?

Wikipedia defines time as “a part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change such as the motions of objects.”  Time exists because of change. If there is no change, there is no time. Einstein has shown that time is just another dimension of space. Like other three dimensions of space, time is also wrapped. So, just like our world (or the wheel of time in Mahabharat) which has no edges and thus no beginning or end, the warped dimension of time makes beginning and end of time meaningless. Time is an eternal change!

Physicist has learnt from black-holes that the real physical processes are happening within the thin surface of our closed universe. Whatever we perceive, being within the volume, is a just a projection of that reality. So time (and space), as we know it, is not a reality and depends on what is happening in the distance outer-space shown in the figure (holographic principle). If that is true, it would mean that we have no free will; it is the process in the surface of our universe (call it heaven!) that controls our future. I would hate to loose my free will!

As per string theory space-time is a secondary phenomenon, a large-scale manifestation of some fundamental entity. No one knows what that entity is, but one thing is for sure, the time and space as we know it, is just an illusion and not a fundamental property of physics. Space-time might originate from the collective behaviour of strings, the fundamental entity that have created everything else. So, it might be all about vibrating energies/conscience! That would mean that time (and space), that apparently seems eternal, is just a projection of a collective behaviour of a much fundamental entity present in ‘heaven’. That fundamental entity is again just an illusion as we have already learnt in the first post.

OK fine! Time is an illusion, then why do we remember only the past? Our mind lives in the present, our future is uncertain and past we cannot change. We live in present, but we do not see ‘present’. We only see the past (light takes time to travel to our eyes). The imaginary inhabitants of a planet 5,000 light years away will ‘see’ the people of Indus Valley Civilization in their ‘present’ when they look at earth! That ‘present’ is the moment which divides known past from the unknown future. Time always seem to flow (almost flows, reality is more like discontinuous frames of a movie reel, Plank’s Time being the smallest unit) from past to future even though all physical properties points towards a more symmetric time dimension. As per physical laws if you do not like your partner you can go back in time to the day you first met him/her and change your decision! Unfortunately, we are not that lucky. It might be because the initial conditions during Big Bang had very very low entropy. Thus entropy can only increase with time (2nd law of thermodynamics). Probability of creating an order out of chaos is very less. Consider an 8 volume book. There are 40,320 (8*7*6*5*4*3*2*1) different ways in which you can arrange it. Only one of them is in ordered state (volume1 to volume 8), and the rest 40,329 are in disordered state. So there is very less chance of the books to fall in ordered state if you randomly throw them on the floor. Similarly, there is very very less chance that a smashed egg will return to its unbroken state. So, if you have broken it, forget about it.

And in case of the outside chance of the egg reassembling itself, you will forget it anyway. According to a recent research, the entropy can decrease as well, but the process would destroy any evidence of its existence. When the entropy of the system decreases the ‘quantum mutual information’ (whatever that is) also reduces, in a process erasing the memory! So there is no way you can remember the future (to the pleasure of the astrologers). Thank goodness, else we would have been bored to death.

~ Life is a waste of time and time is a waste of life, so waste your time and have the time of your life! ~

You React:


  1. Thanks for your comments Dhruva....

    Einstein's love for all supreme god was so much that he did not believe his own conclusions that god plays dice!!! science can be very biased, just like philosophy...even most of the conclusions drawn from maths can be deceptive...just like Newton's theories...that makes it even more confusing...all we know is that we do not know anything about time, and all we know about it is just an illusion...Cheers!SUB

  2. It is said that if you travel at the speed of light or at normal speed around a black hole for say 5 years then when u return to earth, the world would have aged 100. So you have time travelled. Of course there is no way of knowing it but Einstein says its true. However he has said that you can't go back into the past and to be specific change things.

    For an example a mad scientist builds a time-machine and goes to the past and say kills his grandfather then he would have never been born but yet he would be there. That's known as the mad scientist paradox.

    However time as a whole is quite confusing.

  3. Thanks Sush....
    yea...true...There is not a single good reason why we should be serious in
    life....its like an ice-cream...enjoy before it melts:-)

  4. your inhibitions and preceptions are superb. No comments. Awefully nice write up. You mention in your own way"life is a waste of time"!! I remember having college time friend who always said, life is a picnic, enjoy it! haha.

  5. glad you liked it @92341e37a450a911b763e3932ea9fb6a ...
    Haven't seen it..now that you have recommended it, it will be in my list...thanks

  6. yea..it definitely can...thanks @218a2e6d612f30b2623c138af1ef540a 

  7. and the study of time can reveal deep hidden secrets. Nice read :) 

  8. what an insight this post was ... thoroughly read it without a blink...
    I've seen a movie based on this theme, I guess u might have heard "Mr. Nobody" . I'm suggesting u to watch it if u hadn't seen yet.

    and yeah time is too fast to catch ......... it' s in our best to match the pace.

  9. Great post. Intriguing and informative.
    Time, well... experiences of deja vu further complicate the matter!

  10. Thanks Ruhi...

    I do not know how true the incidents are, but I have read people remembering
    their past lives, seeing the future (like a deja vu), and also bein at
    multiple places at the same time, and then there is telepathy...it makes
    space and time so flexible that at first it all sounded like fantasy to
    me...but then when you think of it, there is no reason why it should not
    exist...nether time, not spac is a fundamental thing....we now know that
    time and space are basically the same thing, a projection of something more
    fundamental...and also the arrow of time is an apparent phenomenon, (all
    possible) past and present exists, we just do not remember the future...so
    if time-space is not rigid fundamental entity, it should be flexible and our
    fantacies might well be true....



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