What happens to time once it has passed?

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What happens to time once it has passed?

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maig 30, 2008, 10:32am

And where does it come from?

Editat: feb. 23, 2010, 12:34pm

I'll take a stab at this. Here's one theory:

The universe is infinite. The atomic substance of the universe is eternal. It never changes. However, this atomic content sometimes combines to form physical matter. Physical matter is in a perpetual state of change, moving forward every instant. (This is often referred to as "time".) Physical matter is not eternal. It changes, sometimes evolves, sometimes deteriorates, and ultimately its atomic matter is recycled into the universe.

So, time applies to the constant movement of physical matter. However, whether it exists in the cosmos as a whole is debatable. And mathematically, the question of time can be played out quite differently depending on conditions. (For example, the passage of "time" here on earth is quite different than out in space, due to gravity, etc.)

Some apply mathematical equations to understand the universe. (This dates back to Pythagoras and, of course, includes many modern scientists, including Einstein's theory of relativity.) There is certainly some merit to this approach. But there are also elements of the universe that are lost in shadows, irrational, mysterious, beyond traditional logic. Violence and savagery go hand in hand with beauty, poetry and innocence.

In this regard, I've always seen a great connection between the workings of the universe and Nature here on earth, as well as the depths of the subconscious mind and dreams. Perhaps this is one reason Surrealism has always appealed to me. The exploration of the subconscious, the irrational, the mysterious.

I'm not sure that really answers the question, but since no one else attempted to answer it, I thought I'd at least give it a first stab.

feb. 23, 2010, 1:32pm

T - have you read much on Jung and collective unconscious?

feb. 23, 2010, 3:58pm

I read a bit of Jung many years ago during my college years. I studied Freud more in depth.

The collective subconscious is an intriguing concept. To link it, somewhat, to Surrealism:

Breton often spoke of delving deep within the subconscious, trying to touch the CORE of one's self; the essence of who we are - pure, innocent, raw, untouched by the external world and its influences.

Assuming there is a SELF that exists the moment we are born, BEFORE the external world has imprinted our brains with its traditions; then perhaps, buried beneath the records of our experiences, there is another consciousness, possibly inherited, independent from our exterior lives and memories.

Maybe this is what Breton & many other surrealists (including myself) have sought to touch. And maybe this has some distant connection to Jung's concept of a "collective consciousness", independent of our "personal consciousness".

feb. 23, 2010, 3:59pm

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feb. 25, 2010, 4:57pm

I find the concept of collective unconscious intriguing, and like you think that there may be a connection with what the surrealists sought to achieve. There also seems a connection (to me at least) with the absurdist philosophy of Camus.

nov. 29, 2012, 5:26pm

What happens to William Gass once he has passed?

nov. 29, 2012, 7:21pm

It passes to others, to make of what they will. At best, I hope to leave an amusing anecdote.