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Ricardo Marques

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Has anyone ever thought about the fact that no one can live in the present?

Every bit of information our brains process is about something that has already happened. Any event we gain conscious knowledge of is already gone. The best examples are sound and light, everything we see and hear and when we notice that information has had to travel some distance, like fireworks. We see them and then hear them, but they blew up way before we know. To give it another twist lets use deep space exploration since pretty much all data being gathered now from planets light-years away, did happen years ago so we end up seeing many galaxies that no longer even exist.

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    Aug 10 2012: What's already happened belongs to the past, necessarily.
    What happens when you're waiting for something to happen, when you're waiting for the fireworks to start?
    • Aug 10 2012: Very nicely put.
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      Aug 13 2012: What happens is that you're looking at the past, and when you know the fireworks have started you're seeing something that has already happened. The further away you are the more you notice the delay because of the speed of sound on the atmosphere.
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      Aug 17 2012: You feel anticipation.

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