In his book The End of Time, Julian Barbour puts forward the proposition that what we perceive as the passage of time is an illusion. He says, if we could stand outside the universe and ‘see it like it really is’, it would appear to be static. I’m on board with this idea. Here I introduce you to his book and a new idea of time and space.
Do You Feel A Lack of Time? I think most of us in the western world feel time shortage pressures. A lack of time seems to go hand in hand with how we live. It’s strange though, we all get this feeling of a lack of time yet we can never really see it or feel it. Time is intangible yet we think we experience it.
Why are we here? Where do we come from? What is time and space? Where do we go when we die? As long as I can remember I’ve thought deeply about things. As a kid I’d lie awake at night until all hours thinking about myself and my place in the world. No I’m working on a book that might answer some of those questions
Is Time Real? I’m afraid you’ll have to be the judge of that for yourself. This book won’t tell you to believe in anything in particular – in fact it’s quite the opposite. I’d hope that you’ll be moved to question and doubt everything.
The word “Mechanics” used in the term “Quantum Mechanics” indicates a machine like predictable, buildable, knowable thing. 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”.
Before beginning any inquiry into the nature of time, it must be understood that time is not a thing in so far as that it exists in physical reality. Time is an abstract idea, much like the metric system of measurement, language or mathematics.