… must therefore exist.
“Temporo, ergo est” (or something like that).
Is it time to define time? Off the top of my head then—
Time is the medium of Change
—meaning: no time, no change. None. Zilch.
“Yes, little Virginia?”
“Mummy, what’s a Singularity?”
“Singularity … hmmmm. A singularity is a dimensionless point in time and space containing everything that ever was, is, or will be; squished down into an eternal timeless non-existent nothing.”
“Wow! … … Mummy, what’s a Big Bang?”
“(Pest!) The Big Bang, my sweet child, is what you get when something in your singularity shifts and so triggers a colossal explosion that releases the entire universes—”
What could possibly change in a timeless singularity and so trigger a Big Bang?”
“How many times, beloved child, do I have to tell you not to get all metaphysical in a blog? Now be a good girl and just exist. Quietly.”
“So we’re not going to discuss how long the singularity existed before it went bang? Or where it came from?”
I guess not, so we’ll just have to figure it out for ourselves. As a start point we’ll revisit “No time = no change” … you know, if you slow the movie down as it goes through the projector all the action slows; if you freeze-frame the movie all motion ceases.
“Yes, Virginia, my darling child?”
“Daddy … how long can you stop time for, before anyone notices?”
” … … … (Eeeeek) … … Silence, pest! Or I’ll nail your slipper to the floor and you’ll walk round in circles for ever!”
Virginia raises good points though:
- Does time exist, even if it’s outside of anyone’s control?
- And if it does exist—does it ‘flow’ as common sense dictates from simple observation?
- You know, that old past-present-future thing; is it for real?
I say not.
But that’s for a future post, next time — and I thank you this time for your time.