What’s Time? Q&A
What we laughably call time, starts at the so-called Big Bang—a metaphor coined by Royal Society astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, on his BBC radio broadcast, ‘The Nature of the Universe.’ To Sir Fred, however, the theory of Nature’s birth he names Big Bang, is as laughable as an American TV comedy.
“It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature.” −Niels Bohr
So, when speaking of what we call time, if we don’t laugh, should we bite our tongue?
“We say that time passes, time goes by, and time flows. Those are metaphors. We also think of time as a medium in which we exist.” −James Gleick
When we say, for instance, time is money, do we sell life short?
“Time is a waste of money.” −Oscar Wilde
When we say time flies, marches on, or runs out, what heals all wounds?
“A good time to laugh is any time you can.” −Linda Ellerbee
When we say spring forward and fall back, do we have more fun?
I once made love for an hour and fifteen minutes, but it was the night the clocks are set ahead.” −Garry Shandling
When we think the night before and the morning after are happening now, are we dreaming?
“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present.” −Alan Watts
When we see that metaphor is all she wrote about time and the whole shebang, are we awake?
“The whole of Nature is a metaphor of the human mind.” −Ralph Waldo Emerson
If our humorous story has infinite punchlines, but neither timelines nor — pause to bite tongue — deadlines, what do we call our lifeline?
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