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What is Time?

Asked by Mr_Paradox (2992 points ) July 23rd, 2012

What is Time to you? An illusion? A byproduct of matter? A Divine gift? Please explain your answer.

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bookish1's avatar

Time is but one facet of the consensus reality that I must pretend to buy into in order to survive in this world. Luckily, I’ve become pretty good at pretending to buy into it!

Also, this sums up my experience of time: “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute—then it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity!” -Mr. Einstein [Although I’ve been sitting with pretty boys more often as of late.]

jerv's avatar

The Doctor’s playground.

josie's avatar

Time is the interval between discreet events in material reality. It is distance that can not be measured in spatial terms. It does not exist until there is matter in motion.

28lorelei's avatar

If you look at it from a physics perspective, it almost seems to be a fourth dimension. Humans have yet to learn how to manipulate it though. If you read the novel Slaughterhouse Five, you will get a really interesting account on what time is.

tups's avatar

Time is an ocean, but it ends at the shore.

Time is what swallows me.
Time is what I live in.
Time is strict, but still floating.
Time is a concept. A concept that’s like a prison at times.
Time is something I’ll never understand.

ragingloli's avatar

Time is the fire in which we burn.

flutherother's avatar

It is like distance, which is another mystery.

DaphneT's avatar

Time is a measure of my life. The hourglass has been turned for the second half of my life and the sands are running down. Each grain marks the minute, the hour, the day spent wondering should I stop the clock, or really, can I? That tick-tock holds my attention like nothing else.

AstroChuck's avatar

Not as good as Newsweek.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

BAD @AstroChuck, I Iike New Yorker, cartoons make me laugh.

It a measure of space, but not in miles or inches, it is in light years.

tedd's avatar

It’s a 4th dimension. Depth, width, height, location/status @ time X.

mazingerz88's avatar

Time is understanding in human terms.

wundayatta's avatar

Currency of the devil.

9doomedtodie's avatar

A thing that never stops!

ucme's avatar

A magazine, a square & an ever ticking clock.

gasman's avatar

“Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.”
—variously attributed to Albert Einstein, John Archibald Wheeler, & others.

gondwanalon's avatar

Time is my worst enemy.

“He who competes against time has an adversary who does not suffer casualty”
-Samuel Jonston

Rarebear's avatar

t’ = sigma [t-(vx/c^2)]

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

Time is: whatever it is that I measure with a clock. Space is: whatever it is that I measure with a ruler (or its many alternatives).

dabbler's avatar

Modern science calls time a partial dimension. Our spatial dimensions are full dimensions which are symmetrical, they work the same in any direction. Time progresses only in one direction, certainly in human experience.
In string theory time has a dimension with a size somewhere between the full spatial dimensions and the collapsed seven other dimensions that are useful to explain the forces and particles we know about in the material world.

chewhorse's avatar

Time doesn’t actually exist.. What ever it is, we’ve chosen to CALL it time. Most everything in this existence is things unknown to us and to overcome those obstacles, we place identifying names to them. It all makes sense to us but it’s not necessarily their true reality.

Sunny2's avatar

Something man invented based on observations of the habits of the sun and stars. We invented the terms so we wouldn’t be late for the battle. . . or the hunt . . . or dinner. . .

BIPOLARITY's avatar

Actually, there is no such thing as time as a dimension. It is not controlled by gravity, there is no such thing as measuring time it is etherial, a phenomanon.
Basically we think of time because we get older and die but its not time that does that, it is gravity and decay.
You can look at the past by looking at a star that died say 2 million years ago. We see the light in the event but we are looking at an event that happened a long event ago so it is the past, therefore, light, travelling through the structure of the universe to us is continual but it actually isnt. In reality, it is an event that we see now in the present that happened a long time ago, the past, then we see that light because it is viewed optically by our human eyes but that star disapeared in a past event and we are viewing it in a past event, it doesn’t exist. But it did. We only measure time by light and sound. These are phenominom not controlled by time at all but by space and optical audio creations which we see and hear because we are built that way.

Rarebear's avatar

Time is not “controlled by gravity”, but it is affected by gravity. In a gravitational field time slows down relative to an observer not in a gravitational field.

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