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A Matter of Time   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_38418Sentinel Radio Managing Editor Russ Gerber interviewed Dr. Laurance Doyle, Principal Investigator at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, to get his current thoughts on the topic of time. (For background, see www.seti.org.)

Here is a snippet of this interesting interview which was originally published in the 30 December 2002 Sentinel.  The full interview can be read by following the link at the end.

Question:  … subjectivity in regard to time seems to say that everything regarding time, whether it’s “how much time I have to do this job,” or “how long I’m going to live,” or any of these things, is just relative and subjective?

Yes, there has never been a connective force discovered between the orbit of the earth around the sun and the aging of the human body. There’s no reason why that should occur—it’s just something people believe. When people talk about the Big Bang, the origin of the universe, I always think of “2+2=4.” And how old is that? We can talk about the origin of Roman numeral two’s, and we can talk about the origin of Arabic numeral two’s, because they’re symbols, but we can’t talk about the origin of the real “two.” So I would say time is dependent on matter—whereas an idea is not material and therefore doesn’t involve time.   To read the complete article click here.

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