A Question of Time

Some of the many ways time slips in…

I came across this wonderful quote on time recently:

“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.” ~ Hermann Hesse

I’ve been discussing with a friend different notions of time, from scientific/engineering to philosophical/spiritual and was surprised to find that there was a site that focused entirely on this topic. It’s called Exactly What Is Time?

It covers the measurement of time, it’s role in philosophy, it’s impact in physics as well as the psychology of time. There’s a short bit on time management, time in different cultures and in literature too.

“Most websites and books on the subject begin with a candid admission that time is a curious and slippery concept which continues to defy definitive explanation despite hundreds, even thousands, of years of trying. We are told that time is “enigmatic” and “ineffable”, but that does not help us much in our search for the true nature of time. Nearly two and a half thousand years ago, Aristotle contended that, “time is the most unknown of all unknown things”, and arguably not much has changed since then…

This website looks at many different aspects of time, and, although it too may ultimately fail to “tame the beast”, it aims to give at least a reasonably comprehensive review of the many different facets that comprise this most enigmatic of subjects.”

It’s interesting how time, in it’s many guises, creeps into our lives and shapes our thoughts (covering past, present and future).

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