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PHYSICS. What is the speed of the frames of our reality? Could we call it Quantum time?

I have a question about physics. Science has achieve to discover "matter" by going small until it has found atoms, quarks and other subatomic particles. Thus, we could say we (humans) have achieve some understanding in the three dimension: matter and space. Nevertheless, I would like to ask you if physics have been able to achieve dissecting the fourth dimension (time) in its most tiny part? I know time is not a constant, that it's modified by our wrapped universe, influenced by gravity, the speed of light and so on; but, do science have deciphered the tiny little moment when present starts to be past? It's said that the human eye captures reality in 24 frames per second, what would be the frame of time; that instance that is present and past? If time is influence by light, would that be the frame of time, 1/3x10^5, as light speed is 3x10^5 km per sec?

Please, correct me if I’m rung, but, I think that if science could determine the speed of time, (the speed of the “frames” of our reality, perhaps measured in nanoseconds or whatever), we could study better the tiny little universe of atomic and subatomic particles, we might even determine the patterns of the electrons, or maybe discover that electrons twinkle (they exist in a frame of time, and the next continuous frame they don’t exist, or we could see the same electron existing in two places at the same time (like past and present). How about if” time’s frames” were faster than light, would that enable us to study the particles? would that disable us to study particles in a precise way having to shelter our understanding in the imprecisely universe of probabilistic quantum mechanics?

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    Sep 27 2013: You may get more detailed feedback about such a subject on a physics forum.
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    Sep 26 2013: Something like the Planck Constant?
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    Sep 26 2013: Another way to phrase your question is: How much time is required for conscious awareness to change from the future to the present to the past (as dictated by the Arrow of Time)? Of course, just as with Quantum Physics, we cannot measure the infinite using finite instruments and techniques. So we resort to THEORY. Observation, measurement, and experimentation is not possible so we hypothesize. The guess having the least uncertainty rules. I think the answer to your question is ZERO, which is way less than an infinitely small amount.