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Is time real or not because i believe it is not because my friends explained it to me and now i'm trying to explain it to my sisters but am

having a hard time doing so. so will someone please explain it to me

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Time is the 4th dimension. It is interwoven with the 3 dimensions of space to create one entity known as spacetime. Since the universe's inception, time and space were created together, with space expanding ever outward, and time moving along the curves of the continuum. Time has, and is still currently moving forward.

Most of us experience the forward flow of time at a rate of 1 second per second. There are places in the universe, however, that slow the flow of time due to mass and gravity. Black holes, for example, slow time down to near zero because the gravity distorts the space around it. Nothing has yet made time flow backwards.

So yes, time is real, and exists everywhere in the universe.

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Another clear and concise explanation, Amin. I chose a heavily condensed answer instead, lol.
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Thanks Six... and you're answer may be condensed, but it sure implies a lot about man's concept! :)
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Time is real. It is 1:30 pm right now. Does that help?

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i think time is reall... without time.. there is no age.. but there is age.. so there's time... lol idk.. :P ha ha

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Yes, and without a lengthy explanation, I'll say; time as a dimensional factor is absolutely real. As a human concept, it is fundamentally misrepresented.

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The universe exists in an infinite amount of nows, when its now on one side of the universe, it's now on the other side. Now does not respond to anything in the universe, not speed, and not gravity. The universe has no need for time, it exists in the now. I believe space is Infinite, making time irrelevant , other than a tool invented by man to measure his movement.

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What are your reasons for claiming time is irrelevant? I remember last time I asked you this, and you said "don't get me started." :-)
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I just don't think the universe is on a schedule that requires the use of time, I think time is just a measure used by humans. I believe in the eternal nows, no beginning, no end, making time irrelevant.
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The time that humans created is known as 'mechanical time.' The idea of a 'universal now,' as you explained, is actually one of the biggest misconceptions about time... that if it's 12:00 pm here, then it must be 12:00 pm in the Andromeda galaxy.
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I believe in Infinity, I believe the Big Bang was an event in an already existing eternal Space. You can't measure the Infinite, it is now, no matter where you are, and wherever you are is the middle. Right or wrong, that's just how I see it.
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You have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to science, but I'm stumped at your belief of infinity. Did you read the big bang theory? If so, did you come across something that you disagreed with? Or had trouble understanding something?
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Well, I can understand the singularity at the center of a black hole, it has a known origin, its crushed matter that has been drawn in. The singularity that led to universal expansion, must have also had an origin, which tells me that the Big Bang was not the beginning of everything. There had to be energy and information, preceding it. One of the first things I learned about in science was,"Cause and Effect," to believe that the universe just popped into to existence, from nothing,requires a faith, that I am not capable of. If not for another kind of faith, many things science debates today, would possibly be fact.
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Oh, I don't really have much scientific knowledge of Science, nor the Education to qualify it, if I did. But I enjoy letting my thoughts run free. I'm more of a dreamer than anything.there is a high probably that I'm wrong about everything, but it doesn't matter because I don't teach, but I have a load of fun.
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I understand what you're saying. If I may clarify, the Big Bang was not the beginning of the universe. This is something that took me a while to understand myself. The Big Bang is actually the 'event' the caused the universe to inflate. Why did the singularity inflate? No one is certain. Here's a thought...

According to scientists, the Big Bang can be thought of as the 'flip side' of a black hole. This is because the equations for the Big Bang and a black hole 'satisfy' each other. I'm not entirely sure what that means. Perhaps the equations are inversely proportional? Anyway, scientists think that our Big Bang could actually have occurred when a black hole was created in a parallel universe. It bears consideration... black holes suck matter in, where does all the matter go? This suggests that big bangs release the matter that is trapped in a black hole. Big bangs can be thought of as 'white holes.'

You might be skeptical in believing the existence of parallel universes. Well, they're not fully proven. But then again, neither are black holes. Black holes twist the spacetime fabric beyond comprehension. It could be possible that they twist 'in favor' of each other... maybe they are wormholes that connect? Maybe they twist spacetime so much that the resulting 'gateway' leads to another dimension, in which the matter that is sucked in is released in another big bang.

I'm not sure if we'll ever get a definite answer. But I, myself, don't mind pondering these scenarios. It makes the knowledge you gain that much more interesting. Does any of this help your understanding?
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*3rd paragraph correction: Parallel universes are not fully proven. But then again, black holes are not fully understood.
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I understand the facts and the theories that are put down. I just have a problem accepting some of them. Someday when all the how's and what's are discovered, if they are discovered,I'm afraid my biggest questions will remain unanswered, "The Why." I heard everything in nature, has a purpose. But I wonder if there's a purpose for Nature.
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I'm sure we'll find out one day. In the mean time, are you open to hearing about the reality of time? :)
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Sure, give it a shot.!
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Well, time has actually been proven as its own dimension... and combining it with space has proven that spacetime is 4-dimensional. Here's how:

Did you know that when astronauts return to Earth, they are 1/48 of a millisecond younger than they should be? The cause of this is speed. Astronauts in a spacecraft experience speeds of 17,000 mph. Moving at fast speeds like this slows time down for the astronauts. This is known as time dilation, as proven in Einstein's theories of relativity. The theory says that a clock moving at fast speeds ticks slower with respect to a clock at rest. Upon the astronauts' return to Earth, they are a fraction of a second younger than everyone who remained on Earth. There's the physical proof that time is the 4th dimension.

Another way to prove this is by understanding Lorentz's length contraction. Traveling at fast speeds actually decreases the distance in which to make the trip. And since speed=distance/time, a decrease in distance means a decrease in time. I've actually plugged in my own numbers into Lorentz's equation, and here's what I got... If you travel 1 light year (5.8 trillion miles) at just under the speed of light (670 million mph), the distance will actually shorten to 250 billion miles. Further, the time needed to make the trip (which should have been 1 year) shortened to 16 days. There's the mathematical proof that time is the 4th dimension.

You can try the equation for yourself here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Length_contraction

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Besides speed, gravity also effects time. The closer you are to the gravitational source of an object, the slower time ticks. Think of the Earth. The people on the surface experience a slower rate of time than the astronauts in space (who are further away from the Earth's gravitational source). This is absolutely the reason why the ISS has to make corrective adjustments to the 'mechanical clocks' and GPS navigation on Earth. Even if you stood at the top of the Empire State building for 100 years (still further away from the Earth's surface), your time frame would actually be 1/50 of a second faster than a person's time frame on Earth. There's more proof that time is the 4th dimension.

Also, generally speaking, if space was 1-dimensional, we would only be able to walk forward and backward. If space was 2-dimensional, we would also walk side to side. Our 3-dimensional space allows us to incorporate altitude... we're able to jump, fly, walk upstairs in buildings. Therefore, isn't the 1 dimension of time very similar to the 1st dimension of space? Doesn't time move forward and (possibly hypothetically) backward? Isn't the future 'forward' and the past 'backward'?

Anyway, science (as well as I) has proven time exists. So it really doesn't matter if someone chooses not to believe it... a fact does not require approval :) I really hope this helps.
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Time exists for man, because he invented it, he did not discover it. All that's required for a universe is Mass, containing energy.the universe has no need for time, it is unaware,and exists in an eternal Space, no beginning , and no end, and no need for measurement, via any time line.I believe time exists only in the mind of man, to measure his progress. The idea of a universe that shares mans need for a time line, I believe is incorrect.
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Well, I tried my best... One last thing, watch this. Move the pointer to 4:10 and watch it through 5:50. It'll explain the 3 misconceptions people have about time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcYx-BCQw_w
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Time cannot be considered real. Relativity itself says it. it is relative. there is a phenomenon called time dilation. the more we move faster the more the time slows down. it is a consciousness. when certain yogis meditate they lose the awareness of time. so it's not absolute as Newton said, but relative.

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