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spirituality - lesson 29: time - HOMEWORK
 'a man cannot step in the same river twice,' said the greek mystic heraclitus, andthe secret of life, the universe, and everything is contained in that simplestatement.
does time exist?
 scientists, and physicists of all types claim that 'time' exists. exist, meaning thatthere is a 'physical' factor called 'time', and that it plays an integral part in thehappenings within the universe. do you think that 'time' is actually a 'real force' or that we simply invented time to put a reference on the passage of events? it isour hope that the concept of time advanced in this lesson will provide the germfor additional thinking on this topic.
time is part of our coordinate system
it appears in equations just like position does - the geometry of physical reality isthree-dimensional in its essence, but time is a dimension in space-timegeometry, just as X, Y, Z / height, length, width.
the common view of 'time'
 is that of an observed one way flow providing, together with space, the matrix of events. it can be measured as an epoch, (the moment of an instantaneous eventas marked by a clock) or as the interval of duration of a continuous event, and byreference to either moving bodies or electromagnetic phenomena (atomic time).its flow has been found, in contemporary physics, to be relative to the observersvelocity and acceleration perspectives and by gravity. in biology to be affected bysuch factors as environmental rhythms, temperature, drugs and (perhaps) brainrhythms.
we commonly use the word 'time'
to refer to what are, in reality, two somewhat different, albeit closely related,
notions: the notion of 'a particular time', and the notion of 'a measure of elapsedtime'. let us examine each of these and the relationship between them.
a particular time
search your memory until you come across a vivid recollection of someparticular time in the past that has a special significance for you, preferably somepleasant occasion, a birthday perhaps, or some other noteworthy event. now askyourself what it is about that particular time that 'defines' it. in other words, whatis it, exactly, that sets that particular time apart from all other particular times andmakes it uniquely identifiable? our existence or consciousness is actually a pointor intersect of space and time.
we understand our place in space as it is easily observable and as we movefrom one area of space to another, we can easily see where we are going. wecannot see our progress through time and must rely on memory to know wherewe have been,
and on faith that the past will extend into a future. a key pointhere is the idea that what really 'defines' a particular time is not so much a datewritten on a calendar or the reading of a clock, but rather a configuration,regardless of how loosely defined, of some known portion of the universe.
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