It has always been my goal to challenge our understanding of reality because it is our understanding that dictates how we react to it. But let us first lay down the objective of this article. The goal is not to present an alternative scientific explanation of time or a novel philosophical discussion of the same. But we will draw upon relevant scientific theories and philosophies because they are themselves unique perspectives that may help us develop a different appreciation of time. Hopefully, a more useful and practical understanding of time should emerge.

The Idea of Time

The apparent human need to name and define things and concepts is universal. Doing so allows us to react appropriately to what we have defined 1. It makes the unknown known. And a working understanding of what we have named and defined allows us to effectively navigate our world in order to aid in our survival.

It has been that way since the dawn of human history. Being social creatures, everything that human beings see and experience must have a name in order that we may identify them and communicate about them effectively to others. A common understanding of a concept or an idea is thus achieved.

I believe that the same is true for our notion of time. We named it and defined it in order to react appropriately to it. And having done so, we now possess a shared understanding of this particular concept to facilitate communication. The notion of time evolved into a convention around which to possibly schedule the daily human activities necessary for survival.

By Haadi