HUMAN PERSPECTIVE OF TIME
By Michael Dale Sipes, Jr., Ph.D.
The widely accepted age of the universe is approximately 13.8 billion years, however, there are several problems with this theory. If everything that exists occupied a single infinitely dense point, or singularity. Then only after this point began to expand in the poorly named "Big Bang" did the universe officially begin. If you are religious then you must ask yourself, what did God do before creating the universe? A pocket watch denotes a watchmaker and the watchmaker denotes a creator and so on. If we ask questions with no answers we create problems and theories which lead to more questions and theories. An endless cycle of questions and answers with no end in sight. The Cosmos knows no time, it is all that ever was, all that is and all that there ever shall be. The universe does not have causality, no memory, and no age and therefore time exist but in all directions and in all forms with no change.
It is only the finite lives of humans that create from memory our thoughts of birth, death and therefore time. In the human perspective of time, there are three conscious times; present time about things past, a present time about things present and a present time about things future. The future only exists out of expectations and the past exists only as a memory. We sense time as an "arrow" or direction of time, with causation, because our consciousness adds a "subjective ingredient" to reality ". We project onto the Cosmos the temporal perspective of time. The human perspective is a three-dimensional place where things happen over time or viewed cosmically as a fourth-dimensional place where nothing happens. True time is the second perspective of time where change is just an illusion since, on a cosmic scale with infinite dimensions, the past, present, and future exists at all points in space and at the same time. There is no true birth and there is no death. Atoms combine to form what we call our bodies and the world in which we ourselves create from memory. The brain transforms our memories into what we know as consciousness. When our bodies cease to exist in our conscious form they are recycled back into the energy of the universe and the cycle repeats, endlessly. Due to our biased three dimensional view of the world we see the observable universe as expanding away from us. However, the Cosmos is not three dimensional but has no human limitations, no limited dimensions. To a third dimensional being trapped in three-dimensional space, we imagine that our universe is flat in three dimensions but this is simply human speculation and contemplation. Due to this limitation of being trapped in the third dimension all stars and galaxies will appear evenly spaced out. However, if we could view the Cosmos in a higher dimension, say the fourth diminution then we would have a perspective that would give rise to new questions and theories. We cannot and shall not understand the Cosmos and when you create questions with no answers you create nothing but problems with more questions. If there was to be a grand unified theory of the universe it would simply be we shall never know the true nature of the universe since it is beyond our ability to comprehend, but like death, the human consciousness cannot accept the unknown without raising questions.
There is a human concept of time which our three-dimensional cultural collective memory has formed theories and our instruments have confirmed them. There is no present in the human concept of time. There are two aspects to this idea; first, there is no presence on a cosmic scale that humans can relate to, secondly, there is no present on a human scale since each human experience is a recollection of a past thought telling you that it is the present. In the human perspective only, time can be thought of as an ocean. We are riding a wave of time that is comprised of the past’s future and the future’s past, but no present. It is the closest point of convergence upon this wave of the past and future that we form our perspective of the present, which in truth is a past recognized conscious thought. If time actually excited beyond human consciousness then you could put yourself in a thoughtless state without the fear of losing your consciousness or being. If you were in a thoughtless state for even a trillionth of a second you would cease to exist, therefore time only exist in a cosmic perspective and not the human cultural collective perspective.
A thought is actually emotion and the human organism is not interested in anything you want or like. We force our human bodies to recognize emotions such as kindness, which is detrimental to the human condition. It is not interested in emotion or kindness but survival and procreation. We lie and steal and cover it up with love. More people have been killed in the name of love than all the wars in human history. Our thoughts of kindness are not for the individual you are helping, but to make yourself happy and to cover up your lying, stealing and selfishness or the human condition. I would rather deal with a man who was honest with himself than a man who is trying to be righteous with the hope of being righteous tomorrow. I can relate and trust a man who is honest with himself. When we are honest with ourselves we will realize that there are no original thoughts. All supposed original thoughts whether about the cosmos, writings, paintings or our perceptive conception of God originates from our brains extrapolation of past memories. When we ask questions, we already know the answers, we have an expectation. If an individual asks what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, the question is born out of the expectation of what it will be. We can apply this realization to our concept of the existence of the cosmos and in the universal and human perspective of time.