What is your Watch or Mobile Really Telling You ??
The World News, of Tuesday the 29th June 2015, was dramatic. Time was to stop!!!. It was stated that the World Clocks would be adjusted by one second. The reason being that the Earth’s rotation is slowing down (and always has been from the moment the Earth’s journey was accompanied by the Moon). So, why did a fact of nature have to be matched by man made atomic clocks et al. Had time changed or had the basis, on which we have based time, changed. The World News outlets BBC,CNN, Fox etc and International News Papers all gave an account, before the event, of why the time had to be changed.
So, would that mean that each mechanical clock would have to be adjusted and, for complete accuracy, should people who have a wristwatch adjust their watch by one second.
In this blog there is a series of posts which carry the message that time does not exist so let an observation be made.
At all New Year celebrations, you will recall noting that Islands in the Pacific had their celebrations of the New Year first and then other capital cities followed with their own celebrations for their New Year. This occurs because the World Clock shows a different “time zone” for different capital cities. Larger counties with a great East to West distance eg the USA and Russia, have multiple time zones but a country, such as Norway. which has a very small East to West width but a great North to South Distance has only one time zone. All these time zones are there to have the Sun overhead, at 12 noon. By overhead is meant the Sun being half way across the Sky from an observers view.
When each person in the World opens their eyes, at the start of their waking day, one of the very first things which is done is to check the time. For many people the time shown may be 6am. However, the following day, the same person, following their same routine, will open their eyes and see 6am. This infers a day has gone by but that person is back at the same time. What every person in the World sees, on their time piece, is not “time” but an indication where they are, on the Worlds circumference, relative to the Sun. For our convenience this is shown on a scale of 1 to 24 (or 1 to 12 for am and pm) and we know this as our local time.
It has to be understood that each person has their own exact locating position relative to the Sun, our GPS if you will, but using that would lead to chaos in our lives and on the stock markets. To overcome this mankind invented the concept of time. Further, to enable the Worlds population to have a “time” that is useful the World is divided into segments. Think of segments of an orange, in this case 24 segments, and each segment is given a “time zone” between 1 and 24. In the USA, due to the great distance from the East coast to the West coast their are three “time zones”. Accordingly, even though we have a unique locator, our GPS, the land and sea surface that we are located on, have a general “time zone” to be able to organise our lives.
Many scientific people are coming to the realisation that “time” does not exist. One question that is challenging the scientific community is the duration of the Universe. Of course, everyone does not like uncertainty and, at this time, the scientific community believes that the Universe had a “start date” and therefore must have an “end date”. Whether the Universe started with a big bang and will end with a big rip or expand forever is still to be proven. Scientist have given a “time” in billions of years since the start of the Universe but what if the Universe just exists and there is and never has been, no such thing as a “non-existent Universe”.
If the Universe exists, always has done and always will exist, what length of time, in Earth years, has this been the case??
In a real life incident, which demonstrates the difficulties of “time”, as a Senior Engineer on board a container ship, shuttling between Los Angeles to Keelung, Taiwan, I had a personnel problem. The International Date Line(IDL) is an imaginary line running generally North to South is in the Pacific Ocean. A traveller crossing the IDL eastbound subtracts one day, or 24 hours, so that the calendar date to the west of the line is repeated after the following midnight. Crossing the IDL westbound results in 24 hours being added, advancing the calendar date by one day. The IDL is necessary to have a fixed, albeit arbitrary, boundary on the globe where the calendar date advances in the westbound direction. The crossing of the IDL on one voyage, by my ship, resulted in a Sunday being followed by another Sunday. As the Deck and Engine room crew were paid overtime on a Sunday, this caused the crew to submit overtime for both Sundays. Time gave me a problem then and is giving science a very big problem now.