How to define ‘present’?

March 2, 2011 11:02am CST
Time is divided in present, past & future. But what is present? I think present may be defined as the time period which is past the very next moment. Do you agree or can you define ‘present’ in any other way?
8 responses
@tkonlinevn (5784)
• Vietnam
5 Mar 11
As me, present is the time when I'm starting discussions and talking to all people around me
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
4 Mar 11
To me I typically think that present is the moment of time that we are in at the exact moment. Past and future are both very long periods of time while present is something that is very limited and only literally lasts for the beat of a heart. I realize that a lot of people will probably not agree with my accessment of what present is, but I am stuck to that one that present is something that is very limited while past and future are things that are not really limited at all.
@didi13 (2927)
• Romania
4 Mar 11
Present no! There are only past and future. If you seek to define this in your acceptance, you will refer to a unit of time you live now. What is the unit of time you report this? A second, an hour ,a day? You can not,because whatever you do you're in an everlasting movement and every millisecond is transformed in the past and you have not seen it, and you're already in the future.
@celticeagle (119857)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Mar 11
Well, you figure we are living 'in the present' so as we breath we are in the present. Sort of a Twilight Zone question. Taken out an put in a different demension we could come back out and white haired. Yes, the present is right here and right now. Always interesting to look at the present, past and future.
• United States
2 Mar 11
Hey DoctorDidi, Technically, where is no such thing as "present". Because time is a wheel in constant motion, we are always in the past. However, "present" can be used to describe an instantaneous moment of life. To be more general, it depends on the context. It usually means around the same time period, usually ranging from one second to one week. I hope I helped.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
2 Mar 11
It is really hard for me to define "present" as you requested. I think that I would agree with your definition on the above. "present" can be the very moment of now, and the past second is the past already. So, it is tiresome to think about present, because it is passing on every second.
@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
2 Mar 11
The past is obviously gone, the future did not happen yet, the present is the exact moment or second that you are in if you are talking in terms of time. In general the present means today, here and now. To bad time just keeps going, I wish there were a way to stop it or slow it down sometimes.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
2 Mar 11
Yes I agree with present means for a time being I thinks no other way to define present means now for period of time today is present next day is future and yesterday is past