Can the flow of time be stopped or slowed? Is time an illusion?

@polachicago (19073)
United States
February 4, 2007 4:01pm CST
Plato argued that time is constant - it’s life that’s the illusion. Albert Einstein said that time is just another dimension, a fourth one to go along with the up-down, side-side, forward-back we move through every day. Our understanding of time, Einstein said, is based on its relationship to our environment. Weirdly, the faster you travel, the slower time moves. The most radical interpretation of his theory: Past, present, and future are merely figments of our imagination, constructs built by our brains so that everything doesn’t seem to happen at once. The past is gone -- the present, fleeting -- and the future is unknown. Or is it?
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@anabella (80)
• United States
6 Mar 07
it depends on your perspective of time. it can get slow when you are waiting for someone and run fast when you are relaxing.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
6 Mar 07
yes, isn't that true?
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• United States
5 Feb 07
I read an interesting article in Time magazine just now about our brains and our minds. We are all time travellers. Our bodies travel through time, minute by minute, hour by hour. At this stage of our technology, we have no other options in that area. Our minds, though, travel willingly through the past, present and future. We remember and relive past events; we are experiencing the present now, we plan for and dream about the future. Personally, I don't think time is necessarily an illusion but I do think it's pliable in our minds, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes not. As some have already mentioned, time is relative. As children, it's forever until next Christmas. As adults, we fill our days (the present) will so much activity, so many responsibilities, so much everything, that time seems to fly past far too fast. Perhaps through meditation, we can make our own time stand still, but it will continue to move forward for the rest of the universe around us. What was, still is. What is, will become what was. What will be, will become what is. At this point in "time," we are powerless to change the inevitability of "time."
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Feb 07
yes, we all are time travelers....
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@dpk262006 (56744)
• Delhi, India
1 May 07
I believe flow of time can never be stopped. We also flow or say float with time......it is time which takes us ahead in our journey....it never stops...it just gallops and we do not even realise....that how many years we have spent....and will continue to do so.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 May 07
yes...it gallops....looking at my parents...I wish I can stop time and save their youth.......
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@dpk262006 (56744)
• Delhi, India
3 May 07
I wish there could be a system or device through which we could go back to our life past 10 years...life we can rewind a video CD to see the earlier picture. Alas! I think it will remain a wish only!
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
6 Mar 07
well albert einstein also prove that time travel is impossible too, and there is no way of stoping time, we can all pretent it is stop by saying it is not moving, but there is no way for it to stop or slow down, past is not really gone, it just history present is a gift so we should enjoy it, and futrue is unknow that because we should be looking forward to the excitment
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I believe in power of "now", because you can only control present.......
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• United States
6 Mar 07
we only can control of now if we take care of business other wise we cant neither
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@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Well, that is just a good question and that got me thinking some more. I don't really know for sure about that. I would agree with the way you're looking at it. I think it sounds very logical.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 Apr 07
.....with time changing our life and our thinking...mybe it is just an illusion....
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• United States
5 Feb 07
I believe it can be, but the question is how can it be done? We now know of 10 dimensions in Quantum Physics. We also know that history could have happened in many different ways. Our brains can do so much, but we are not tapping into their true potential.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I couldn't agree with you more
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
5 Feb 07
IS this why some dats seem longer than other days and when we were kids to me it seemed like days lasted longer than now
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Feb 07
How is it possible? Maybe because kids mind is working much faster it can slow time flow?
@Dolcerina (3379)
• Hungary
5 Feb 07
I think the idea: to stop the time, only a trying of human-mind, to forget about the reality, and destiny.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I do it all the time:)
@Bizziebod (3526)
3 May 07
Hi thats a great discussion (sorry a little late in responding) I watched a documentary on whether time stood still or whether it went slower when people went through trauma. They couldn't do a real accident so they tested someone by dropping them off a tall building by bungee cord then flashed a time up half way down for an instant of a second, so quick that you wouldn't normally be able to see it. When the guy got off the bungee cord he was able to tell them the exact time they had flashed up on this board. So whether that is proof or not I'm not sure. Interesting though.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
3 May 07
interseting...maybe it is....
• India
3 May 07
hey let me clear one thing with you, the experiment which have been done were done in space, and were planned perfectly.... now when we travel fast in space our biological age does not increase fast, but this doesn't mean that the time has slowed.....
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
3 May 07
in space...time don't exist...I guess....you can come back younger...
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
1 May 07
Time seems pretty real to me, but then I have nothing else to compare it to. I'd be curious to see if there will eventually be some way to move forward or back in time, but I don't know if it will ever happen.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 May 07
for some reason I think that going back in time can coure a lot of problems...it is easier to move forward......
• United States
5 Feb 07
Time is all made up you can only measure time by using the sun that is all clocks do. When you fly in a plane somtimes you get places before you left. If you could travel the speed of light you go and have dinner at five hop in you maching go have lunch and then hop in you machine again and go have breakfast
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I like an idea to go back in time...:)
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
5 Feb 07
What an interesting subject polachicago. I've never been very interested in science fiction, more of a realist I guess, but as you see more and more science fiction fantasies of the past become reality, I honestly don't know anymore. What a thought provoking thread to wake up to, it's early here in Thailand.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Feb 07
you are going to see much more from science fiction in the next 5 years....
@kasia99 (104)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Einstein was right. Time is very funny, it is running fast when we want to stop it and it slows down when we want to make it faster.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I noticed same thing
• United States
5 Feb 07
You know kids minds move at the same rate or faster but if they moved faster everting would be slower they would have better reatcion time like when my mom dropped a flower vase when i was 16 i grabbed it before it hit the ground but everything slowed down. The reason days seem longer now is becuase you remeber every detail of what you did today and you dont remeber your 13th birthday as well the present always seems longer trust me