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Time Is Not Imaginary

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on November 16, 2001 03:51:20 UTC

(1) According to the Uncertainty Principle, nothing can possess 100% position and zero momentum. In a world where time were merely a product of our imaginations, this principle would be incorrect.

(2) We might want to ask ourselves what we mean when we refer to "space-time," or "space," or "the universe," (or whatever). I think it's fair to define the universe as interactions of matter. Universe = mass & energy, interacting on micro- & macro- scales.

(3) Hence, all intervals of space-time are products of matter.

(4) Therefore, all intervals of space-time, no matter how infinitesimal, would be a priori uncertain; that is to say, every interval of 'reality' is restricted from existing purely as a position.

(5) We are forced to conclude that, if matter cannot exist wholly in position, and therefore space-time intervals cannot exist wholly in position, then the foundations of the universe include more than the system of coordinates we use to establish position.

Time is real.


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