March 15, 2007 2:52am CST
If all time is relative, there can be no such concept as the present, even as a series of infinitesimal linked moments. How can we comprehend the period before 'time' ?
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@aries_0325 (3062)
• Philippines
15 Mar 07
I think you’ve stumbled across a common misconception regarding the special theory of relativity. Said theory has it’s name as it speaks of observers RELATIVE to one another observing the same event for example. You can think of it the following way: We’re al equipped with a clock that measures what is called our eigen-time (own-time). That clock always ticks away with the same distance between seconds no matter WHAT you do. But if you start moving relative to me, the time I see on your clock will start to run slower. The faster you go, the slower your clock will run SEEN BY ME. You will stay claim your clock is running as always. Did that help? The present: Physically defined it’s the instant between past and present, and as such non-existent. But when you and I talk about present, we usually mean a small area of time CENTERED around the physical present. Before the Big Bang, there was no time. We CAN’T comprehend that, just as we can’t really comprehend infinity either. BEFORE is a temporal concept, so without time, the word looses it’s meaning. However can you theoretically grasp the IDEA of no time, you can also grasp how Big Bang could occur.