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Posted by Richard Ruquist on July 1, 2001 11:31:23 UTC

most of the universe has already exceeded the speed of light due to its expansion. As a result we cannot ever see any of the portion that is residing from us faster than the speed pof light.

No big deal. As time goes on we just get to see less and less of the original universe. On the other hand, see we can look back in time, which by the way(BTW) is the real consequence of what you talk about in your post, and we can see the universe as it existed only 300,000 years after the big bang. So in terms of time, we can see 99.999% of the total time this universe has existed.

I say this universe for the big bang is not the beginning of time and existense, but rather the beginning of this universe and time for this universe. Most cosmologies now support this view.

Bottomline is that there is no philosophical problem with time stopping, or starting for that matter. Time never stops on a local basis, except maybe inside the horizon of a black hole. But even there it is from our distant perspective that time stops. It does not stop locally.

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