It was, they said, a conjecture, a supposition, no more than that, something that might have explained a few perturbations they'd found in the movements of things in the sky. Suppose, they said, a hiatus... The universe might have stopped for - for a what? - a second? an hour? a decade? millennium? more? Problem then is: when it stopped -- that is to say, for the time it was stopped there was no time at all. Time failed to exist. It was stopped for exactly zero time. What, therefore, we all of us now need to know, is this: if no time passed for the time it was stopped, then did the universe stop - or not? Where did the time go that was nowhere around?
The moon petals the sea. Rose petals the sea. Stone sea. Stone petals. Rose petals of stone. Stone rising before me. Sea moves. How moves...
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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
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And forever after we are all making up for lost time...
Aha! This is a very Terry Pratchettesque poem - have you ever read The Thief of Time? Great book - very funny.
And what happened to that tree that fell during that second or so?
Interesting questions here! k.
is there consciousness in time that stops?
and was it much of a break if time didnt stop? did anyone notice...and what was the point? but it did and that means something right? well you have my mind a pondering...
Well, actually I cannot believe that the universe had stopped for any period of time. So I would throw that theory out of the door. LOL.
However, I do always wonder where the time goes in my life, the time that is nowhere around! (Smiles)
I like this poem a lot. Its quite thought provoking.
Wow....really makes one think, Dave!
A kind of Catch 22 question. It leaves the reader greatly suspended in an unanswerable sky.
a second or century would be the same to us suspended ones. . .
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I'll never worry about losing track of time again...very smart composition, driven by a great idea. Nice work.
Passing time is one of big concern for me. I have never thought about it would stop, but I feel like it goes quicker than usual and vice versa, but why...
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Ah, you put your finger ont! Are we losing time? I don't know the answers, i just ask the questions!
Terry PratchettesqueI take that as a great compliment. If only...
I'm not sure that the tree would have had a second... but then again, I'm not sure that it wouldn't have!
What a good question? Gut answer: no - but don't take my word for it.
I'm with you: what I don't see is: if time didn't exist, how did the hiatus help solve the riddle of the perturbations in the orbits?
Well, I think I'm with you on the first count - anddefinitely on the second!
Thanks Rachna. Glad you thought so.
Good to have your thought. Thanks.
Nice way of putting it. Me like. Thanks.
Full marks. Gibe that girl a team star!
Thanks Steve, but I'll not hold you tp the promise...
It DOES go9 quicker than it did. I'm sure of it!
Hi James. Thanks for visiting and thanks too for the kind words. Very much appreciated.
You're tying my mind in knots again Dave!
I don't believe we would notice if time stopped, because surely we would stop with it, would we not?
Now I'm beginning to wonder if time really exists at all - except in our own minds...
What IS reality?
Thought provoking stuff Dave.
I will ponder on this and no doubt not reach a conclusion...
Yes, I'm sure we would stop with it - if time exists at all, that is. My own inclination, for what it's worth, is to think that it doesn't - maybe something like the way sound and colour do not exist outside the brain.
nd again thanks. I'd be interested to know of any conclusion reached.
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