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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: Time by Mar Vas [refresh]
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Mar Vas wrote on Dec. 3, 2008 @ 10:04 GMT
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What is time? Such obvious everyday phenomenon should not be difficult to define. At least as far as physics is concerned. It is fun to philosophize and it is fun to complicate things unnecessarily, but when an essay is started four hours before is it due, it tends to be concise out of necessity. And so, time is change; the passage of time is an illusion brought about by changes in energy states and the duration of time is measurable only relative to another process.

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matthew kolasinski wrote on Dec. 5, 2008 @ 01:20 GMT
Hi Mar,

re:

"an essay is started four hours before is it due..."

yes, time can be subjectively experienced as 'short'. :-)

re:

"how would people in such world eventually learn to count time?"

yes. i see that you've also taken an approach to time as largely a perceptual problem.

after reading a bunch of the posts here, my own thoughts have changed/sharpened quite a bit; would like to get the chance to rewrite my own essay.

i saw your comment on the quote i'd left at Ms. Privulescu's paper. thank you.

i suspect i share a similar feeling about it, but can see how several here might view what is expressed in it as a tyrany inviting one to strive mightily against rather than dance with.

welcome to the party!

:-)

matt kolasinski




Christine Koenig wrote on Dec. 14, 2008 @ 00:37 GMT
I liked your straight forward approach. I wish you'd had more time to explore your ideas and share them with us.




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