If I were to ask you, “What time is it?”, surely you could answer. Children are taught how to read the hands on a clock at an early age, and this ends up becoming the basis of their understanding of time. The passing of time. Being on time. Having enough time.
So, if I asked you “What time is it?”, you’d likely give me an answer that was understood by both of us as axiomatic.
But if I asked you “What is time?”, how would you answer this? You might sit there for a moment, pondering the question. You might look at me like I’ve said something absurd. After a while, you’d likely give me an answer that was based on our basic understanding of time itself. As a linear concept. Past, present, future. We’re born, we live, we die.
This answer wouldn’t necessarily be incorrect, but would only be looking at the concept of time through the infinitely narrow lens of our own human experience.
In physicist Carlo Rovelli’s book, The Order of Time, he guides the reader through an often baffling, counterintuitive quest to understand time...
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