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Posted by Christopher James Jenyns on October 23, 2003 20:08:15 UTC

Is it possible that time's arrow is actually a function of limitations on our own memory?

I was considering the possibility that time's arrow is dependent on the fact that we cannot remember non-objects. The reason is that the lack of non-objects limits our ability to apply a logical reversal (of the kind that we apply easily to space) to time. While we might say that there is a "time before time in space" and hence postulate time in a logical construct, we do not say that there is a "space before space in time" (a non-object) and hence cannot postulate a probable ground for the reversal of causation in space as a product of equivalent but reversed time.

Socially, we postulate time as a shared contingency but we do not postulate space as a shared propensity. Consequently, time has a utility that we negotiate socially (with reference to space) - hence its induction as a potential candidate for the same kind of manipulation within a logical construct that we periodically apply to space, despite our failing capacity to do so conceptually. Furthermore, you will note that *socially* to successfully apply a logical construct which validates the non-object as a ground for the reversal of time would be disasterous! Imagine claiming that the implied causation of a given past, "away" from space as we know it, was the future, despite the validity of the communication being dependent on the said audience imagining to have access to a chain of causation that, for the purposes of communication, doesn't exist. It would be like talking to your friend about a movie and claiming to remember seeing a part of the film that was elipsed and expecting him to both anticipate the possibility and respond with his estimation of how well it didn't happen in a good way.

Yet there is *someone* who once refered to a "space before space in time": Jesus. In John 17:5 Jesus says "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." Furthermore, to those believers who overcome the world Jesus promises " To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. " Revelation 3:21 Could it be that through faith in God we may literally attain what is logically, socially, and for all intents and purposes, practically impossible (by the world's standard)?

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