Quantifying Time

I believe to have found a way of quantifying time in a (relatively) simple way (or at least in my own opinion). Time is an abstract concept in and of itself and even the greatest of time managers may still fail at understanding its major complexities.

A friend of mine asked me a seemingly simple question. If I could go back in time and change any event, what would it be? I promptly answered that I would not change any event. Why? If any person were to go back in time and change an event, he or she would never be able to return to his or her origin in space and time. This actually only applies if the person were traveling along the fourth dimension known as duration (or time). However, if the person were able to travel along the sixth dimensional plane, he or she would theoretically be able to move between separate instances of time, not only within his or her own starting parameters, but also along timelines with different starting parameters. This is beyond the scope of this blog post. Perhaps I will write a blog post on the concept of dimensional physics.

The reason why a person (mainly me) would not be able to return to his or her origin in time is due to the “flow” of time. The best way I can find to describe this flow is with numbers. Time flows forward in our universe, meaning it is always increasing. Let’s represent this with a number. This number shall be the beginning of time so we’ll say it is 0000. Now, time always increases in our universe, so as time goes on, the number shall increase. Let’s say you were born around the time of 2538. To represent the special moment when a new entity is introduced to time to be kept track of, the number will be increased by a number larger than 1 (it is increased by 1 every time to represent times passing). So when you’re born at 2538, it is increased by 15, making it 2553. From that moment forward time is unique to you. Your starting point is 2553 and nothing can change that because it is in the past. But let’s say you go back in time and change some big important event. Events also alter the flow of time. Let’s say you go back in time and stop your mother’s best friend in high school from breaking his leg. Let’s break down this sequence into numerical form. Since events other than the birth of a child effect time’s flow, when your mother’s friend broke his leg, it added 12 to time the current value of time at that moment. Since that time was never added, the value at which you were born (2538 in this case) would actually be 12 units lower (2526). This then means that the value at which you were born would no longer be 2553, but 2541. In short, you would never be able to return to a time period in which your birth value was 2553 and, therefore, you would not be able to return to your origin in time.

This doesn’t mean that the changes would be big. You may not even notice that anything has changed. It may even be that the only thing that changed was one person halfway across the world forgot his cell phone that particular day instead of remembering it (in the original time period). However, the idea that the world I return to will definitely be different than the one I left keeps me from having any ideas of going back in time and changing events.


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William Drescher

I love to write. I'm writing all the time, even if it doesn't have to do with anything at all.

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