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…time again

  Time as we grasp it….or not….

The concept of time has been studied for centuries. Is it the fourth dimension, as some argue?  How would the fourth dimension  be shaped? There are two main theories on that:  likely either flat or circular. If we could travel through time, would we be frog-hopping back and forth along a time road? Or would we be diving  into a circular spiral and trying to land on a specific moment?

Are events in time static, or can they be changed?  In H.G. Wells The Time Machine, The Time Traveller tries to go back in time to save his fiance. But no matter how many times he goes back, she dies because without her dying, there would be no reason to invented the time machine. Had he saved her, then he would have had no need to build the time machine he used to save her. Sidenote: he actually caused her to die rather awfully a number of times instead of just the one. Not a pleasant thought. Here’s another thought: if each moment in time can be gone back to and changed (or not), does that mean that each moment really does last forever? When we say, ” I wish this moment would never end,” it actually doesn’t? Am I, in some dimension, running endlessly under a blue sky among the autumn leaves?

Another dividing point between philosophers is whether time is even an entity in and of itself. Newtonian time–based on Sir Isaac Newton’s theory–is that time is a “fundamental structure of the universe-a dimension independent of events, in which events occur in sequence.”* In this theory, it should be possible to travel among the events independently, if such a machine could be constructed. The opposing  theory is that time is not a “container that events and objects ‘move through’, nor to any entity that ‘flows’.”* This point of view, espoused by Gottfried Leibniz and Immanuel Kant, looks at time as a human construction that we use to sequence events. As such, it would not be able to be travelled through from event to event.

As you might have noticed, there are many questions in my post today. I am not quite sure which theory I most agree with. I like the idea that time travel is possible. (Although I think that the idea is rife with awful possibilities, as we humans can’t seem to help messing with things we really ought to leave alone.)  It is hard to wrap my mind around all the concepts involved in time. I do like that idea that somewhere, all my best moments are continuing endlessly.

 Which theory do you agree with?




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  If you read my other blog, you might have heard me talking (whining) about trying to fit all my activities into the day now that I am employed. In a few weeks this may not be such an issue, since I will be doing 20 hours at the hospital, and only a few days at my retail job. But right now, Time is all that is on my mind.

A large part of the problem is my fatigue. One portion of that is, I am sure, going straight to 40 hours after being able to nap whenever I wanted. The other portion is that work is BUSY!

I am registering patients for lab work, and we are the central hub in the area for everyone to get it done at. The hours fly by, which I love. I hate not being busy.

But then I come home and the idea of writing a post…..well, not the top of my list. Especially since I first have to feed the horses, clean the dishes, feed the hubby. After dinner I sit in front of the tv and wonder what I should write about.

I would love to get ahead and have my posts pre-written for the week, but then I run around all weekend doing errands like the rest of the world. So here is my question–what do you do to make time for your writing? I would love to hear any and all suggestions!



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