"THE FINAL FRONTIER"
One day in a food packaging warehouse a tin of beans fell off a shelf and lay on the floor for almost ten minutes, before some one came along and placed it back on the shelf. Twenty seven minutes later another person walked by and noticed nothing. Had that person not noticed nothing because there was nothing to notice or was he just too late ?
Or indeed did the tin of beans really fall off the shelf because if it did where is the proof ? Past events really do not occur in the present because if they did then the future would be an event that had already occurred somewhere in the not to distant past where the present is an event just waiting not to happen.
The Tin of Beans Paradox as it became known went on to explain why past tense can some times be used as an explanation of why things that have yet to happen, have in fact already occured in a present tense, and that the future could therefore be a thing of the past that may or may not yet have happened: In a present tense of course.Just some examples of modern day thinking on the subject of time.
Time when viewed retrospectively will nearly but not quite almost, all the time appear tainted with the colour blue.But what is clearly not understood by almost all the population is why you get a red mark when you are late.
A retrospective look forward will in no way compromise that which in hindsight could have been predicted as being a non event before it occured
Was there time at the beginning or was the beginning the start of time.
Time can sometimes be mistaken for a tin of beans, quite how this happens no one but an ancient order of Benedictine monks know. And they are quite rightly keeping it to themselves.
There was a time when there was and a time when there wasn't. But it is what occurred before there was, and after there wasn't that is still confounding the thoughts of philosophers. Some believe that before there was,there was nothing, and after there was nothing there was. Yet even when there was a time of nothing there still appeared to be something. But the something could be something of nothing where as the nothing cannot be of something: Time eh confusing or what?
There is something odd about time, something strange, something not quite right. Take for instance bus drivers who for some equally bizarre reason are always late even when they turn up early, and yet when they are on time they never seem to turn up at all. Time eh, just can't live with it and yet we can't live without it.
If you take time for granted the chances are you will be late, or even run out of it and if that happens you have a problem. Not enough time to get to be where you want to be will get you there late but not apparently if you are a bus driver, they operate on a different level of time quite probably a time hybrid that may have some sort of late early differential zone that was originally intended for use on train time tables.
All this apart, time is a concept few of us really understand where does it come from? We tend to think it started at the big bang but as with evolution we may never truly understand why. So what is it for, it helps to organise our lifes; Or so we think, it may be construed as being the 4th dimension but again this may just be philosophical conjecture
Do frogs have the same understanding of time that we do or have they advanced more than we like to admit and have no real need for it. Do e-mail me if you have a frogs perspective on time and tell me just what its like when you are a frog and you get up late.