Time – Is it real or is it a construct of our mind?

What is Time?

This deceptively simple question has been a very difficult for physicists to provide a simple answer and definitely crosses into the world of philosophy. In this article, I will write a short piece in trying to explain what makes this such an interesting topic and how we as humans can view this entity from an alternate viewpoint.

When it comes to Time, we as humans generally tend to believe that it is some kind of entity that moves forward, and I would assume that most of us would go through our everyday lives without ever questioning this assumption. It is after all, where the idea of past, present & future rests on the belief that time moves forward.

However, what if time is just a product of that fact that we humans have the ability to store memories which allow us to reminisce about the past and use those memories to think about the future and know we live in the present. As a thought experiment, what if humans had lost the ability to store memories? Without the ability to store memories, we would not know that time is passing since we would have no recollection of the past, present or future states. This would effectively make it so everything we see would just exist at that moment.

I find it really amazing how Time; something that we deal with every moment, something that we’re so intimately close with –  might turn out to be something that exists in the mind!


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