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The Organization of Time: Why?

  1. Nov 25, 2011 #1
    Hello! I was wondering why our position between the "past" and "future" is worth considering in quantum(?) physics. My current understanding of the nature of time is that time itself doesn't exist; that time, to use what is probably a pretentious if not inaccurate parlance, is merely the consequence of our perception of the behavior of 3D space that, being the natural result of something that occurred before the current moment of our awareness, was stored in our memory, and is thus referred to as "past" for the sake of organization. (It occurs to me that the difficulty I have explaining time as I know it without characterizing it linearly in some way is probably the root of the issue - maybe something to do with the fact I cease to perceive what I have done after the instant in which it was done - but... here I am.) Because I've heard conceptions of time that have it a non-linear thing, that what we call the past doesn't necessarily need to become before the future, I would like to be corrected.

    Please avoid mathematical explanations, if you can, since I'm just a high-school senior.

    Also, I don't know if this is the right subforum, so forgive me if it isn't, please.
     
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  3. Nov 25, 2011 #2
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