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Help!! I'm In The Past!!! D:

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 3:00 AM
I mean it! I'm actually in the past right now!

Wait ... what is "now", anyway? I ... let's see...

Hmmm, well ... there is no such thing as the "present". All things actually exist at the "same time". It's a huge misconception of people's picture of time.

When an object moves through space, it moves slower through time. If I wave my hand back and forth, its clock runs slower, so it stays behind the rest of me in time. It is now in the past relative to the rest of me. But my hand is still here. If what people call the present were a moment constant in time, then my hand should be gone, as I just sent it into the past. This is true for all particles in the universe. So why are we still in the "present"?

The answer is that there is only 1 space. If you were to travel into the past, you would still occupy this space. You have 4 coordinates; 3 for your point in space and 1 for your point in time.

Even a time traveler who goes 10 minutes into the past would still be visible here, because he or she also needs to occupy a point in space. In movies, the person just disappears and reappears in the past, but that is also a misconception. The time traveler can't occupy a different space, since there is only one. Their time coordinate may have changed, but they are still HERE. Which means they never went back in the first place.

We exist here.

Did you know that a black hole is actually the end of time?
It is literally at the end of eternity. If someone far away watches you as you go towards a black hole, the observer sees your time run slower until it stops completely at a certain distance from the center. Once you arrive there, you forever remain a frozen image for the observer. Meanwhile, seen from your position, the universe speeds up, because 1 second far away is only a fraction of a second to you. You are moving into the far future and the entire history of the universe unfolds itself around you, until you reach the "surface" of the black hole, where time stops as seen from the outside. You have now moved to the end of time. And as you enter the black hole, space and time interchange their meaning - the direction towards the center is now the direction of the future, and since time still goes on where you are, you are moving inwards towards the future until you reach the center at the end of eternity.

But you know what? Even the end of time exists here in what you call the present. And it can move through space.

We all have our own path through the 4-dimensional fabric of spacetime through which we are moving. Time is not a thing, it's a real direction in which we are traveling - and as I described, time can even change its direction so much that it becomes a direction in space, namely inside a black hole. We all exist at different times, sometimes going a bit faster, sometimes a bit slower, but we all exist HERE, in the same space. We can't perceive different positions in time, we only perceive different positions in space.

So what then is the present? It is the location of all particles in space as seen from your reference frame. And a time traveler can't go into the past, because there is no such thing.

The dinosaurs are in the past only in the sense that their atoms have changed their position and went to form different structures. But the same atoms have always existed here. The only thing that ever changes for us with time are coordinates in space.

By the way. Since the universe is expanding, what does it expand into? It expands into the future!

I wish you a good change of spacial coordinates within the next 24 hours as seen from your reference frame day.

P.S. None of this is made up, this is standard physics (:

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GuichiLola Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Funny, how I'm many of the norm who wasn't at all confused. :XD:
I really needed an article as such. A li'l bit of Physics can always get me in the mood.
Thanks for unraveling all this information~!

thanatosgrimreaper Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Help!! I've no idea what I just read!!!!!
shayan572 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013 me a bit of time to rethink my 'past' so that i can disregard it and the 'present' so as to move on into the 'future' just a little brighter, or darker in the case that i go into the future via a black-hole.
WushuKhanKu96 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
mind- boggling words... this really makes me think, you know, the kind of thinking that gives you a headache! :wow:
Sargon-the-first Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with this and find it facsinating... Until the last sentence. It's like you're saying "I'm a physicist, so everything I say is true."

Or something.

Actually, no, just ignore me.
UmbraeCalamitas Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Writer
This is so cool. ^^ I wish I understood it better, because it's really fascinating. But thank you for posting this up. :)
AriaNycyus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, this was allready explanated by Einstein I think, sounds so pro Einstein name :XD: Sorry, but i think you want to explain too, right? :)

Well, life does stops ever so yeah, but now Im thinking of something, your explanation is also something spiritual, there is one creature who never stops, for as symbol then. You may guess what It Is ;) Its a bird, maybe as easy hint :)

Life also never stops, thats why the explanation of this bird creature. Guess his name, and you know what i mean. ;)
InertesInepties Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
This article is just pure AWESOMENESS :worship:
When reality surpasses fiction, it's heaven on earth :la:
Oh how I wish to read more articles like this one :la:
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