- A wal
- United Kingdom
The arrow of time is arbitrary.
The arrow of time is created from the fact that we remember the past but not the future. We have a three and a half dimensional view of the universe, which is all that's needed to create the illusion of a moving time line. The truth is that everything is always happening now. If you think there's something special about this particular moment then why do you have that impression in every single moment of your life? It's always now.
See here for the full idea (a new and much simpler version of relativity): http://www.ted.com/conversations/13951/the_proper_theory_of_relativit.html
Closing Statement from A wal
I didn't realise this conversation was closing so soon. I think I've said everything that I wanted to so I'll use this to reply to Natasha.
There's nothing wrong with being all over the place. That's how original thinking and ideas comes about. That's better than being the opposite. This world needs more people like that. I don't think that quantum mechanics itself is pompous, just that it tends to sound it when it's written down because it's impossible to talk about in plain English. We don't have the words to describe it properly because it's so unlike anything languages have evolved to express. As a right brainer you're probably more suited to understanding it than most other people, including me. QM is definitely all over the place. (: I'm getting used to it now but I really struggled with it to start with. I like using my right brain but I was used to looking at the universe as definite. I still think it is in a way. It's just that it's constantly branching into alternate possibilities that we're not aware of. I do believe in the determinism. I did before I understood the idea of multiple realities because I think that the future is no different from the past except in our perceptions of it, but now I'm even more convinced because I think that all options are played out for every choice we make. We still get to choose in a sense. You could even argue that it's the fact that everything that can happen does is what gives us the freedom to choose.
I think kids have been gradually maturing mentally at a progressively younger age for a long time because of social attitudes changing with regards to how much kids should be told, and the internet has accelerated it. They're nowhere near as naive as they used to be. I think that's a good thing. By shielding them all we're doing is developing young adults who aren't equipped to deal with the real world.