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by devans99
Thu May 30, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 315
Views: 5507

Re: What is time?

I don't see how our differences can be resolved so long as you insist in the existense of some sort of undefineable miraculous (magical) creator. Calculus would be fine with potential infinity only; it does not need actual infinity. No-one has any use for actual infinity apart from generating parad...
by devans99
Thu May 30, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 315
Views: 5507

Re: What is time?

Who's "we?" It is the currently popular hypothesis, but it is not conclusively certain. I doubt it. I gave you two sound reasons why space is finite. The alternative, that it is actually infinite in dimensions, is a spiritual belief IMO - things can go on 'forever' only in our minds. If that was to...
by devans99
Wed May 29, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 315
Views: 5507

Re: What is time?

If time did not have a beginning, we'd have past through all possible states in the past. Assumes a finite possible number of states. What is the basis of that assumption? If time did not have a beginning then there is an actually infinite number of past states. Some of those are guaranteed to be e...
by devans99
Wed May 29, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 315
Views: 5507

Re: What is time?

If time relates to motion, time should speed up as more motion takes place. The reverse happens - according to relativity, time slows down as more motion takes place . Time is only a means of measuring the relationship between the motion of entities. Time neither speeds up or slows down since it is...
by devans99
Wed May 29, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 315
Views: 5507

Re: What is time?

What is time? Time is the relationship between the motion of entities. Just as length or distance and direction are the static relationship between entities, time is the relationship between entities when either their distance or direction from other entities changes (moves). Time, like length and ...
by devans99
Sun May 26, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 315
Views: 5507

Re: What is time?

Time is a substance which allows change to happen. Time also allows that events occur in specific order. Relationism does not make any sense to me either: 1. Imagine and empty piece of space and a clock next to it. It seems natural that time would flow for both rather than the clock. 2. Time appear...
by devans99
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Impossibility of Infinite Time
Replies: 85
Views: 2124

Re: The Impossibility of Infinite Time

I’m going to use two axioms, ‘can’t get something from nothing’ and ‘can get something from nothing’ and argue that for both of these inversely related axioms, infinite time is impossible: 'Can get something from nothing' {C} = {A} If matter/energy is naturally created on average ({B}and it must be...
by devans99
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Impossibility of Infinite Time
Replies: 85
Views: 2124

Re: The Impossibility of Infinite Time

You don't start with nothing. You don't start at all. You have a world with all the matter in it that has existed forever in the past. There is no need to seek a singular, original cause. Therefore the model is possible, but only if you divorce yourself from the Christian / Judaic / Muslim theories...
by devans99
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Impossibility of Infinite Time
Replies: 85
Views: 2124

The Impossibility of Infinite Time

I’m going to use two axioms, ‘can’t get something from nothing’ and ‘can get something from nothing’ and argue that for both of these inversely related axioms, infinite time is impossible: 'Can get something from nothing' If matter/energy is naturally created on average (and it must be because we ar...
by devans99
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Universe can't be infinite.
Replies: 572
Views: 15170

Re: Universe can't be infinite.

If you define the universe as everything there is, then say cause and effect apply, it leads to the conclusion that the universe was caused by the universe. Are you implying that there could be something wrong with that conclusion? No I'm defending the conclusion as at least a possibility. It impli...
by devans99
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Universe can't be infinite.
Replies: 572
Views: 15170

Re: Universe can't be infinite.

Because it seems quite obvious (to me, anyway) that the endless and boundless, omnidirectional nothingness that is constantly giving-way to the expansion of our little bubble of reality (again, as depicted in the illustration)... ...represents a clear and tangible visualization of what the word “in...
by devans99
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Universe can't be infinite.
Replies: 572
Views: 15170

Re: Universe can't be infinite.

What I mean is in the 4d spacetime view, the universe is a giant torus with time going around the ring. It would not perpetuate infinitely, it just is - a completely static object in 4d spacetime. Now does not really exist in the spacetime view of the world. A static object doesn’t undergo any expa...
by devans99
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Universe can't be infinite.
Replies: 572
Views: 15170

Re: Universe can't be infinite.

I think big bang, big crunch is a self-sustaining model Therefore infinitely perpetual. Yes its speculation, but its an interesting way out of the infinite regress... Are you now saying that you are opposed to infinite regress, but you are OK with infinite perpetuation? It seems you want to have yo...
by devans99
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Universe can't be infinite.
Replies: 572
Views: 15170

Re: Universe can't be infinite.

If you define the universe as everything there is, then say cause and effect apply, it leads to the conclusion that the universe was caused by the universe. Which is a contradiction. Or just circular reasoning. The very notion of "cause and effect" requires two parts. So it may have been the last e...
by devans99
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Universe can't be infinite.
Replies: 572
Views: 15170

Re: Universe can't be infinite.

I am sticking with cause and effect. I don't see how the universe gets things done without it. A non-local version of cause and effect though. As far as quantum mechanics goes, I think something like the Pilot Wave interpretation (non local hidden variables) will turn out to be true... If you insis...