Does time exist?

Does time exist? Or, did it exist before the invention of the clock?

What is a clock measuring? Is it measuring anything?

All it is doing is making comparisons, “what was the duration of this compared to that?”

All actions, all processes, have duration. It is the infinite number of concurrent processes that give the impression of a constant consistent flow of time, but is time constant and consistent? Or are the variations in the way we experience time real?

If two identical clocks ‘tick’ at different rates due to the conditions they are subject to, then those ‘ticks’ are of different durations. Yet each is the duration of the same process and, as stated above, we use processes to define time.

So we could say that a process defines a certain amount of time but the magnitude of that time depends on the conditions under which that time was created …


About TyroJack

For me the World is a logical place, in a Universe that works according to strict, straightforward and uncomplicated Laws. Physical Laws. Many of which we are aware of some of which we understand, some that we have working theories about, some we hypothesise about and some that are as yet pure guesswork. I believe in William of Ockham's principle, known as Occam's Razor: 'The fewer assumptions one makes, the more likely one is to be correct.' I like to apply this in life as well as science. I worked in various roles in IT for most of my working life which could be summed up as programming consultancy. Primarily I fixed problems from the most basic coding, to System design. I programmed systems that were bug-free. I am interested in everything and anything, but most of all in how things work.
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