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Does time actually exist, or is it just a human construct?

Does time actually exist, or is it just a human construct developed or created in order to quantify and record change? For instance, in a universe of total and utter stasis, could time be said to pass?
Mark Evans from Shropshire (Age 45-54)

The measurement of time is a man made concept specific to planet earth, i.e. Year, Month, Day, Hour, etc. However, does time itself actually exist?  Instead of past, present and future, could it just always be NOW?  If it was, it would dispel the question of when it all began, because it would have always been here!
Adrian Wakelin from West Midlands (Age: 45-54)

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3 Responses

  1. Time does seem to be deeply involved in a lot of scientific theory, such as relativity, which kind of suggests that it does exist within the context of the universe.

    Unfortunately, we can’t really view the universe through anything other than our perspective, so to say whether time exists outside of our consciousness is more of a philosophical question than a scientific one (here’s where a scientist comes along and tells me that I’m wrong!).

  2. Humans declare past, present and future – but our reality is always “past” – there is no now, and there is the assumption of the future. We cannot perceive now – simply because the event must happen before we can notice it, even our thoughts are past occurrences.

    Time therefore cannot be traveled, as its only a measurement for use by mathematics and not a construct in which we move. We only know the past…

  3. Humans do seem to be deeply involved in a lot of human scientific theory, such as relativity, which kind of suggests that time does exist within the context of human thinking.

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