Notvacka wrote:Yes. Time is indeed the odd dimension out. We experience it differently from space.
Come to think of it, is that actually true? For all that we can travel to and from Paris, can we ever return to the place that Paris was relative to Andromeda, say? Given that the universe is expanding, it is arguable that that place no longer exists and that we are always moving away from where we were in 'absolute' terms.
Notvacka wrote:It's like our consciousness is somehow inexorably dragged along in one direction. Why has yet to be explained. Some would suggest that it's just our way to make sense of it all, because we are linear thinkers. But I suspect that there is more to it.
Well, if there was a Big Bang, and frankly, there was, I think it behaves in much the same way as a firework does. The sparks, you, me, planets and galaxies are moving apart and cooling down;there is no way the firework is going to come back together and put itself back in the box. The history of the firework is heading one way, the same is true of the Big Bang.
Notvacka wrote:The "now" when you wrote this is obviously the past to you, now.
Well yes, but that doesn't resolve the issue because it isn't now now.
Notvacka wrote:My point is, that every moment is as real as any other. Everything happens "now" when it happens.
Yes, but, for instance,'the sun is shining now' is the result of something that happened 8 or so minutes ago.
Notvacka wrote:The past is there, and it's real. The future is there, and it's real. "Now", however, is fleeting.
"Now", if you like, is where the future and past meet, but where are they, and what do you mean they are real?
Dimebag wrote:What I will say finally is, I dislike the concept of something 'existing'. Do quarks exist? Maybe they are actually made up of smaller sub particles (which has been suggested). Existence seems to be undermined by a reductionist viewpoint, therefore maybe we need to do away with the idea of existence.
I don't think the fact that quarks may be made of other things commits existence to reductionism, I just think we need to accept that we maybe wrong about their being fundamental. I think you are right though to say: "it is more accurate to say, 'we know of this phenomenon which occurs under these circumstances, and we think it might happen because of this'."