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New controversial theory: Past, present, future exist simultaneously

Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.

The block universe theory says that our universe may be looked at as a giant four-dimensional block of spacetime, containing all the things that ever happen, explained Dr. Kristie Miller, the joint director for the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney.

There is no “now” or “now” in the block universe. Within the three spatial directions and one temporal dimension, all moments exist only in relation to one another. Your experience of the present is simply a reflection of where you are in the block world at the time. The “history” is simply a slice of the world at a different time, whereas the “future” is at a different time.

So, is time just an elaborate mind trick? And more importantly – is time travel possible?

Dr. Miller’s answer to that is “yes”. Of course, just hypothetically, since we’d need to figure out first how to travel at “some reasonable percentage of the speed of light”. Going to the past would entail using wormholes, like “short cuts through space-time”.

Block Universe diagram.Credit: ABC Science

Now, if you did manage to get back in time, you won’t be able to change it. This is because your past is always simultaneously someone else’s future. So if you travel to the past, you’re just making that future the way it is. So don’t worry about “grandfather paradoxes” – your time machine has already been incorporated into the scheme of things.

‘If I travel to the past, I am part of the past,” said Miller. “Importantly, I was always part of the past.”

What’s more – maybe the past has already been altered by time travelers. How would we be able to tell if it hasn’t? “For all we know, the reason the past is the way it is, is in part due to the presence of time travelers,” added Miller.

By that logic, what you do tomorrow will make it the way it is, with you fulfilling a certain destiny writ in time, which is in itself more of an illusion than a fundamental property of nature.

Certainly, with such claims, the block universe theory has its detractors. One big criticism is that the future shouldn’t exist yet. Physicist Lee Smolin wrote that “The future is not now real and there can be no definite facts of the matter about the future.” Furthermore, as he added at a 2017 conference, what is real is just “the process by which future events are generated out of present events.”

While the debates are going to continue, the block universe theory is one of the most promising approaches that can reconcile the cosmological view of time with our everyday experience. What may be certain – time is much more than what it appears to be. Unraveling its mysteries is integral to understanding the human experience.

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Luca Lionello
Luca Lionello
8 months ago

This is reasonable. It’s only question of prospective .Eternity is sure. A concept that contain everything, even the “nothingness”. We really still don’t know much about time. We measure time only indirectly, using spatial categories. But the matter itself of time is incommensurabile.

Paul
Paul
8 months ago

Déjà vu comes to mind. When talking about a block universe to me. Some folks believe we keep leaving and coming back till we get it right. Until we become saintly or even God like. I think if we were meant to know we would know. Until then I’m satisfied trying to be a better person each day that I’m blessed to wake up.

Jackiebaisden
Jackiebaisden
8 months ago

Very interesting theory. Getting closer to Einstein’s “God don’t play dice.”

Charles Donnelly
Charles Donnelly
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8 months ago

Only Einstein didn’t use bad grammar

SANTANAM SWAMINATHAN
SANTANAM SWAMINATHAN
8 months ago

YES. IT IS CORRECT. IT IS ALREADY IN THE VISWA RUPA DARSANA OF BHAGAVAD GITA. LORD KRISHNA SHOWED ARJUNA LIVING PERSONALITIES DEVOURED BY TIME WHILE THEY WERE STILL STANDING ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

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