Is time, by its nature, substantial for you? Why do you think so?

Is time, by its nature, substantial for you? Why do you think so?

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Answer 1
August, 2021

Since 1905, time has moved from the field of philosophy to the field of real science - physics.

1) From the point of view of the special theory of relativity, time is the same coordinate as the three spatial coordinates: x, y, z. All the vectors that you learned at school, depicting arrows on the board (two-dimensional space), are generalized to "arrows" in four-dimensional space-time. The transition from one coordinate system to another (from Cartesian to polar, say) is generalized to a change in the frame of reference (motion with different speeds).

2) From the point of view of the general theory of relativity, this space-time can also be curved. Here all sorts of black holes and theories of the big bang, inflation, etc. appear. Within its framework, the existence of cyclic universes in which time-like intervals are closed (everything repeats endlessly in the history of the universe) is allowed.

3) From the thermodynamic point From the point of view, time is a dedicated direction from the point of view of the course of processes in Nature. That is why we allocate it (time). The law of increasing entropy in a scientific way. Like "everything tends to chaos." Why on Earth we sometimes see organized structures instead of chaos is rather an exception to the rule. He is engaged in nonequilibrium thermodynamics. In short - because of the Sun))

4) But now (on the verge of modern science) it is generally accepted that both time and space are just phenomena arising on a large scale. They are not at a fundamental level. Kind of like the temperature has been reduced to the speed of movement of atoms and molecules in matter and does not make sense, say, in a vacuum. So time, together with space, makes sense to us, but not the fact that it is a fundamental physical quantity.

Answer 2
August, 2021

For me, time is not substantial. This is a subjective point of view based on scientific knowledge and my worldview, you can agree with it or not, but one way or another, objective thinking is not characteristic of people :)

If we consider all existing concepts concerning the nature of time, and to make a judgment, then a relational one, based on the particular theory of relativity, is closer to me. According to her, time itself does not exist separately from objects; it is viewed precisely as a system of relations between events and objects, which seems reasonable to me. Time is a specific manifestation of the properties of objects and the changes occurring with them, form. The form is the internal organization of the content. If the material basis acts as the content, then time will be one of the forms that organizes it. Matter does not exist outside of forms. But time itself also does not exist if we consider it separately from matter. It is possible to separate it from the material world only in abstraction.

The whole reality of time lies in its unreality.

At the same time, the substantial concept in philosophy considers time as a special entity that exists by itself, regardless of material objects. This phenomenon is compared to the arena in which objects are located and processes unfold. And since the arena can exist regardless of whether there are objects, actors on it, whether they are moving, whether an action takes place on it, so time can exist independently of material objects and processes, according to this concept.

But I still think that time does not exist outside of objects and processes, because it is unrealistic and comparison with the arena is groundless, it is meaningless.

Only supertemporal reality is substantial. And the present moment of time is unreal, as we know, at each moment the past is gone, the future is not yet, and the moment of the present is constantly slipping away.

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