My understanding of Space, Time and "spacetime" In thinking about time I have developed the (easy) realization that whenever we indicate a duration we are comparing two spatial changes. I believe it was Einstein himself who pronounced words the effect of time being inexorably tied to space and not having an autonomous existence. This I interpret not in the sense that spacetime is a single entity and certainly not a fourth dimension, or a flow but rather that time is a local property of space. By that I mean to say that the rate at which natural phenomena (atomic clocks ticking, cells dividing...) occur must ultimately be tied to spatial effects only. It follows that everything that has been observed to give rise to time dilation must be inducing distortions in the three dimensional space. The effects of gravitation and the equivalent inertial acceleration are in all likelihood themselves, the manifestations of these distortions. What are your thoughts? What the counter arguments?