Thursday, August 13, 2009

....today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday ...

Reading about an interesting theory that time could be vector and not scalar since the direction 'forward' is associated with it (past to future passing the present), lead to a casual conversation over the lunch at work. Needless to say that several projects are now at a days risk and the lesson learned is never initiate a thought provoking question among geeks specially in a cafeteria.

Several theories were presented based on physics, quantum mechanics, theory of relativity, laws of thermodynamics, etc. But still the question remains unanswered : "How the time came to existence?". Physics answers several questions and explains what time is. But living beings are aware of it probably since their first night on earth given the life spawned for them during the day. Its just relativity of the events that bring this thought of light fading into dark and darkness into light. Time can be circular based on the events like day n night winters and summers, and time is also uni directional like that apple that ripes on the tree and the glass that flower that just bloomed, and the action is irreversible.

When I speak of yesterday you think of past. Time carved the great canyons of Arizona, and its time that actually made birds chirp in the valley of volcano Mt Ranier.

Its a convenient convention for us to just compare events and quantify them based on past present and future. We made time complex and garnished it with units and equations just to provide definition to itself in terms of speed and acceleration, to make our conversations better measurable. Else time is just past, present and future.

But why banging heads in philosophy when... when Floyd's already did it for us. Quoting it again:

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Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death
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Time will exists till the earth exists and those galaxies twinkle, and this leaves me with a question "What defines the existence of universe"

7 comments:

Swats said...

Thought provoking!

I belong to the God-created-the-universe school of thought..this is how the universe started to exist!

Sneha said...

Time and universe both have existed before me, are present with me and would continue to exist after me. And it will continue to exist with me if i can continue to exist after me. And this postulate applies to everybody and everything else as it applies to me.

A very thought provoking post.:)

Aevi said...

very well said Sneha

Harshita said...

@Aevi
Read it 2 days before, thought abt it ON and OFF... and I stick to the theory that Universe existed before I came into picture... and like what I have been hearing all this while... Probably GOD created it...

Although I still donno if time is linear, circular or wat.

Damn! You made me think a lot and still I cud not come up with something that cud match up to this geeky-discussion. :)

Deepika Gupta said...

I used to think about it alot in class 9th when i was stuying evolution... How this earth came into existence from where it all started and who created whom.. God created humans or humans created God...??

How humans started believing in religion... What made them believe in divine powers and all.... these are all very interesting things to think about... they help you develop your own perspective and philosophies...

khushboo said...

Hi..Just read your post its very well said..I liked it so much..

AMIT said...

You are right time will never go it will exist till Earth exist.Excellent written.

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