I’ve been following Swatch time as it’s the only alternative time I’ve found yet. I’ve replaced my main computer clock by Swatch time. How? I now use a trial version of 1st Clock. Swatch time can be set through Customize Clock>Appearance>Format>Advanced>Time. (You can also get yahoo widgets to use swatch time but these widgets won’t replace your main computer clock.)
Life in Time Prison – Eternal Now
Let me quote something that someone wrote some years back:
I have been thinking lately about “Internet time”, after being surprised to notice myself being struck by how material I added to this website several years ago, seemed like I had added it only yesterday. I asked myself how so much time could have passed so quickly.
Of course persons’ having a sense of things past having happened “only yesterday” antedates the Internet. But I think the Internet may exacerabate it, ever further “shortening” the span of time in which we live, so that a person may reach old age (60? 80? 90?…) but still not yet have — metaphorically, i.e., in terms of cultural self-development — gotten out of diapers, and without being able to feel they have “lived” (i.e., had a full and fulfilled life). [Is this the meaning of Nietzsche’s “eternal recurrence of the same”? Is this our version of mysticism’s “eternal now“?]
This — to me, at least — troubling thought found an echo today [16 Safar 1432 Hijri] (06Apr04), when I read an email in which someone wrote [not in a context of thinking about implications of the Internet for our temporeity!]: “Alexander the Great was only 30 when he over-ran the Persians and founded one of the largest territorial empires in history. Unlike Bush, he invaded foreign lands constructively — literally! — building beautiful Greek cities wherever he went. He built two in Afghanistan and there are still blue-eyed children there.” Perhaps this is not an altogether fair representation of Alexander then at 30 or George W Bush now at 58, but I find it “evocative”, and helpful as a measure for assessing the time (as well as “the times”…) in which we (or at least, I…) live.
Would that the Internet would foster persons maturing even younger than 30, and “invading” the world even more constructively! Would that “Internet time”, instead of shrinking everything into indistinguishable simultaneity, would nurture deepening and enrichment of time, so that, at 30, with perhaps far more than half of his or her life still ahead, each person would be able to look ahead to something probably few have known in the past: a mature and fulfilled spirit in a still youthful body. That would be progress, in my opinion.
Do you really get the essence of what Brad wrote? In the context of what we’ve been doing since past weeks perhaps even Brad didn’t have any idea of the far reaching implications of what he wrote.
Let me ask you a very simple question. Please don’t take it too personally;
Have you gotten out of your diapers?
Me? Nope. Perhaps I was born the day I got out of the time prison – just a few days ago.
Tell me can you think of someone having productivity comparable to Alexander the Great?
Alexander the Great Workweek
Tell me how many productivity books Alexander read? 4-Hour Workweek? 20-Hour Workweek? 200-Hour Workweek? 2000-Hour Workweek… or Alexander the Great workweek? (It can be the title of a bestseller that may even surpass Timothy Ferriss’s original book.;-))
What Alexander did in say 5 years, can anybody living now do in say 500 or even 5000 years?Read More
The New Millennium
Around 10 years ago on the eve of the start of so called new millennium I was watching BBC:
On the small Pacific islands that will be first to greet the new millennium, at 1000 GMT, preparations are complete.
A BBC correspondent on Millennium Island, an atoll in the Kiribati chain, said the scene is set for the sun’s first rays.
The latest technology will relay the new dawn to the rest of the world but the celebrations will be simple and traditional – with the millennium being greeted by a sea shell horn.
And indeed the so called new millennium started with the worship of the new sun that was televised all over the world by major TV channels. It was also the power of the latest technology that televised the super-imposed vibrations of the so called 911 event to the brains of millions of people all across the world.
Those twin towers acted as a sort of tuning fork that was hit at precise angles to produce some precise vibrations. These vibrations still persist in the atmosphere. Do you know why breast cancer is so much prevalent these days? Vibrations…
God in Time Prison
Sorry this debate was about time:
An ancient proverb claimed: “He who controls the calendar, controls the world.” Who controls you? The day on which you worship, calculated by which calendar you use, reveals which God/god you are worshipping.
Let me complete the above quote:
The day and time on which you worship, calculated by which calendar you use, reveal which God/god you are worshipping.
Even if you correct your calendar, but you don’t correct your time, your God may not be the real God you worship. Well, God reminds me of Muslim God – Allah – who is my God as well. Sadly now even Muslim God is in the grips of time after the construction of so called Makkah Clock Tower. Muslims won’t be too happy to hear that. But I only say what I believe is true.
It’s not just this clock tower, it’s a whole Makkah time… so whenever they pray facing Makkah they revert back in time even if they follow their hijri calendar…Read More
Well, I took a break from this blog. During this time I got several new insights into the topic I have been working upon i.e. time. Around a week ago I was watching this movie on Star Movies; “Angels and Demons” a sentence from Tom Hanks caught my attention, it was as far as I remember related to “Unconquered Sun.” (by the way the movie is excellent and at par with the earlier movie in this series – The Da Vinci Code.)
Let me quote something from Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons on which this movie is based:
A young man dozing in back sat up with a start. “What! Me?”Langdon pointed to a Renaissance art poster on the wall. “Who is that man kneeling before God?”“Um… some saint?”“Brilliant. And how do you know he’s a saint?”“He’s got a halo?”“Excellent, and does that golden halo remind you of anything?”Hitzrot broke into a smile. “Yeah! Those Egyptian things we studied last term. Those… um… sun disks!““Thank you, Hitzrot. Go back to sleep.” Langdon turned back to the class. “Halos, like much of Christian symbology, were borrowed from the ancient Egyptian religion of sun worship. Christianity is filled with examples of sun worship.”“Excuse me?” the girl in the front said. “I go to Church all the time, and I don’t see much sun worshipping going on!”“Really? What do you celebrate on December twenty-fifth?”“Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ.”“And yet according to the Bible, Christ was born in March, so what are we doing celebrating in late December?”Silence.Langdon smiles. “December twenty-fifth, my friends, is the ancient pagan holiday of sol invictus – Unconquered Sun – coinciding with the winter solstice. Its that wonderful time of year when the sun returns, and the days start getting longer.”Langdon took another bite of apple.“Conquering religions,” he continued, “often adopt existing holidays to make conversion less shocking. It’s called transmutation. It helpes people acclimatize to the new faith. Worshipers keep the same holy dates, pray in the same sacred locations, use a similar symbology… and they simply substitute a different god.“
The Reality of Christmas
Mind Cannot be Separated from Matter
In my last post I mentioned about Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment. Back in 1350’s (1930’s Gregorian) when this experiment was proposed scientific facilities were not advance enough to check its validity. It was not until 1402 Hijri (1982 Gregorian) that Alain Aspect in Paris conducted experiments that proved beyond doubt that Einstein was wrong. Here’s more about his experiments in plain English: Science Blog – Alain Aspect.
What it all concludes to? Mind cannot be separated from matter.
To paraphrase, a particle falling in the woods does NOT make a sound if there is no one to hear it. Strange – but true!
Why do people cling with such ferocity to belief in a mind-independent reality? It is surely because if there is no such reality, then ultimately (as far as we can know) mind alone exists. And if mind is not a product of real matter, but rather is the creator of the illusion of material reality (which has, in fact, despite the materialists, been known to be the case, since the discovery of quantum mechanics in 1925 [1344 Hijri]), then a theistic view of our existence becomes the only rational alternative to solipsism.
Professor Richard Conn Henry – John Hopkins University
So what are the real life benefits that we can immediately get out of this research?
My Time is what “I” perceive it to be. My time can radically be different from your time. Who is “I”? That’s the million dollar question that I have tried to answer in my previous posts. Tell me what is real?Read More
Everything is in a Flux
- There’s no past and there’s no future – everything is in present and in a flux…
- Everyone of us starts life exactly from the same point in time from where someone started life say 10 million years ago…
- Everyone of us starts life exactly from the same point where someone will start life say 1000 years from now…
- An action that we do now has its impact in the future as well as in the past…
These were just some conclusions that I reached while was investigating Bohr and Einstein debate about Quantum Theory – again for this blog after around 12 years of leaving my University and leaving Physics for Computers. I didn’t make that choice or perhaps a part of me that I didn’t know exist, did…
Physics is my first love and this blog is about love. That’s why I talk Physics here.
The Date Change
You may find a little change in this website as well. What’s that change?
If you’re reading this post on the website look at the date. The date of my last post is being shown as: 26 Dhul-Qadah 1431 AH. You can understand the second date but what’s the first date? I’ll explain all that, it may take a couple of posts. It all has to do something with THE PRESENT.
So what about the experiment that Einstein proposed to contradict Bohr’s stance (please refer to my last post for the background)?
The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Experiment
In my second last post Uncertainty Rules I mentioned:
What Niels Bohr suggested is that (in plain English): Quantum uncertainty “ensures” that you cannot know everything about a particle all the time. If you try to grab a particle it will slip from your grasp (metaphorically) – it simply won’t be there. Where it will be? Anywhere (or nowhere) but at least “not where” you think it to be.
Einstein’s stance was:
I can grab a particle in the palm of my hand (metaphorically.) How? I’ll cheat The System…
(Hey just a minute… on wikipedia Boris Podolsky is also mentioned in the reference of being a spy who took money for passing on information to Soviet Union. Even if he did that, he stands high, very high on a pedestal in my heart. I still love him, and his contribution to the world can never be diminished by such allegations.)
The time is around 1354 Hijri (1935 Gregorian.) It has been established in the world of Physics that any direct attempt to determine both the position and the momentum of a particle is doomed to failure.
When we try to measure its position, the very effect of measurement displaces the momentum and the particle slips from our hands.
Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen said okay we cannot directly determine both the position and momentum of a particle at the same time, let’s take a second particle, that would be our accomplice. It’s just like playing snooker. When the cue ball strikes another ball, both the balls move away in different directions. Their motion is precisely fixed by the law of action and reaction. If we precisely measure the momentum of our cue ball then the momentum of the other ball that is hit can be precisely determined. Now we make an observation on the second ball to find its position – voila we have the particle in our hands. That other particle can be light years away but it doesn’t matter because theoretically we KNOW it will be at a particular place at a particular time and we would catch it.
This experiment can only fail if somehow our thoughts travel forward in time and tell that particle that someone who knows your momentum is gonna come to grab you at this time, so you must vanish at that time from this particular position.
God does not play dice.
What does Einstein really mean by that?
It is explained beautifully in the words of Pierre Laplace a renowned French Mathematician and astronomer:
An intelligence which at a given instant knew all the forces acting in nature and the position of every object in the universe – if endowed with a brain sufficiently vast to make all necessary calculations – could describe with a single formula the motions of the largest astronomical bodies and those of the smallest atoms. To such an intelligence, nothing would be uncertain; the future, like the past, would be an open book.
Do you get it? It simply means if God knows everything then He must be able to figure out the future of all of us. As well as if God created this System in a particular way as per His desire/direction/planning then the outcome must be as per His desire/direction/planning. That’s what Einstein’s point of view in layman’s terms. Bohr’s point of view is that it cannot be determined even theoretically.That’s because of the inherent uncertainty built in the system.
Do you know the implications of the above statement? If everything or anything can be pre-determined in The System then anyone of us can say to God; God I didn’t do it. I never killed anybody, You killed that person by my hands because YOU designed The System that way. God YOU determined that I’ll do that action on a particular day or night…
But if The System is built upon such uncertainty that even God cannot override, then yes, God has a chance to implicate us for our actions.
This whole debate revolves around the point:Read More