[ANN] TimeMachine

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Mon Jan 24 14:20:56 EST 2011

On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 1:48 PM, Bob Sneidar <bobs at twft.com> wrote:

> But what happens when they change how long they thing the universe existed?
> They have changed it at least 25 times since I went to school. There are
> probably still about 6 ideas floating around right now on exactly how long
> they thing it's been.

The changes have been narrowing the probable range, not just jumping around.
Future changes are likely to be small adjustments, probably below the
accuracy threshold of a program such as this.

 Then there are those who think everything was created, but with aging built
> in. For instance, the light from distant stars already having made the
> journey. If you think about it, a created 3 dimensional universe would have
> to have this aging "built in" to prevent any number of weird anomalies. "You
> spread out the heavens like a curtain" I believe is the phrase.

This extreme view (not seriously considered by science to be an answer to
any existing cosmological questions) doesn't go extreme enough! :) Try to
wrap your braincells around THIS doozie:

The past exists for us as a memory. In any one instance of time that memory
is a static recording. At the same instance, our expectations and
predictions of the future are also the static result of our brain applying
experience to memory. Even our senses that form our conception of "now" are
delayed somewhat from the actual sensing.

So there doesn't need to be time at all. Just one frozen instance with a
memory of the past, a delayed sense of what just happened, and a prediction
of the future. We think time is happening becase we (falsely) remember it
happening and (incorrectly) expect it to continue happening.

The whole universe suffers from déjà vu...

Um... Forget I ever mentioned that, Roger, and keep going with your app. ;)

 ~ Chris Innanen
 ~ Nonsanity

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