by Josh Richardson
February 03, 2015
Everything exists in the present moment and it's a fundamental principle of the Universe that many of our scientists are still trying to grasp.
Time does not actually exist and Quantum Theory proves it. There are things that are closer to you in time, and things that are further away, just as there are things that are near or far away in space.
But the idea that time flows past you is just as
absurd as the suggestion that space does.
The trouble with time started a century ago, when Einstein's special and general theories of relativity demolished the idea of time as a universal constant.
One consequence is that the past, present, and
future are not absolutes. Einstein's theories also opened a rift
in physics because the rules of general relativity (which
describe gravity and the large-scale structure of the cosmos)
seem incompatible with those of quantum physics (which govern
the realm of the tiny).
Other people will see a different now that might
contain elements of yours - but equally might not.
Additionally, Albert Einstein's theories of
relativity suggest not only that there is no single special
present but also that all moments are equally real
But the Wheeler-DeWitt equation has always been controversial, in part because it adds yet another, even more baffling twist to our understanding of time.
One might say that when we better understand consciousness we will better understand time.
Consciousness is the formless, invisible field of energy of infinite dimension and potentiality, the substrate of all existence, independent of time, space, or location, of which it is independent yet all inclusive and all present. It encompasses all existence beyond all limitation, dimension, or time, and registers all events, no matter how seemingly miniscule, such as even a fleeting thought.
The interrelationship between time and
consciousness from the human perspective is limited, when in
fact it is unlimited.
Julian Barbour's solution to the problem of time in physics and cosmology is as simply stated as it is radical: there is no such thing as time.
Barbour speaks with a disarming English charm that belies an iron resolve and confidence in his science.
His extreme perspective comes from years of looking into the heart of both classical and quantum physics. Isaac Newton thought of time as a river flowing at the same rate everywhere. Einstein changed this picture by unifying space and time into a single 4-D entity.
But even Einstein failed to challenge the concept of time as a measure of change. In Barbour's view, the question must be turned on its head. It is change that provides the illusion of time. Channeling the ghost of Parmenides, Barbour sees each individual moment as a whole, complete and existing in its own right.
He calls these moments "Nows."
For Barbour each Now is an arrangement of everything in the universe.
Barbour's Nows can be imagined as pages of a novel ripped from the book's spine and tossed randomly onto the floor.
Each page is a separate entity existing without time, existing outside of time. Arranging the pages in some special order and moving through them in a step-by-step fashion makes a story unfold.
Still, no matter how we arrange the sheets, each page is complete and independent.
As Barbour says,
The physics of reality for Barbour is the physics of these Nows taken together as a whole.
There is no past moment that flows into a future moment. Instead all the different possible configurations of the universe, every possible location of every atom throughout all of creation, exist simultaneously.
Barbour's Nows all exist at
once in a vast Platonic realm that stands completely and
absolutely without time.
Time, in this view, is not something that exists apart from the universe. There is no clock ticking outside the cosmos.
Most of us tend to think of time the way Newton did:
But as Einstein proved, time is part of the
fabric of the universe. Contrary to what Newton believed, our
ordinary clocks don't measure something that's independent of
The Quantum Universe in which we live, whether we want to accept it or not, may seem on the surface to be mechanical and linear but it is not. It is probably better described as an infinite multitude of possible linear actions.
If we must give this still mystical process a name lets call it "Quantum Ecology" rather than "Quantum Mechanics" because it is built from within it's self.
Everything comes out of the invisible in the same
way as any living organism does.
If you have a spiritual explanation for human existence then your crazy, you're in dream land. The scientific mindset says everything in the universe must be capable of explanation either now or at some point in the future by scientific analytic methods alone.
Can you see the limitations that this puts on
To realize how flawed this mindset is you must first accept that this is a relative world in which we live and on the conscious level we interact with other human beings and the rest of the universe in a linear fashion. This is the nature of the mind.
We must go beyond the mind to access the answers.
We generate time's flow by thinking that the same self that ate
breakfast this morning also started reading this sentence.
Einstein, for one, drew solace from the view of the timeless universe he had helped to create, consoling the family of a recently deceased friend: