The old fossil posed an interesting question. One I frankly I have never considered - which makes my read the topic and shoot from the hip even more interesting, at least to me.
Tell me you didn't see this coming -
It poses a couple of questions - does anyone really know what time it is? Does anyone really care?
Does time exist? maybe in the now it does but the past and future? I suspect not. We use "time" as a convenient place marker for our lives. We recall the past by chronicling events. We mark it with photographs, written chronicles, physical evidence. But these things are not time - they - each in themselves mark a particular presence in time - a different now that has come and gone. If things were not constantly in a state of flux would "time" really matter?
The concept of time conveniently allows us to add much needed structure to our existence, There's a degree of comfort knowing every now has a specific "time" attached to it and although we humans cannot leave well enough alone - we created multiple time zones to make things more convenient. But "now" on the east coast does not change the "now" here in Texas nor is it the future now on the west coast. It is simply the now.
Time travel? What a quandry!
Einstein theorized it was possible - is it? Depends on which mystic you follow I suppose. The notion of time travel is fascinating. Who wouldn't want to go back and correct a mistake or two from a different now? Who wouldn't want to know who wins the next big game ahead of the event? There is a current series on SyFy that addresses time travel called Continuum, It's definitely worth a look if you are interested in time travel and its repercussions. That of course assumes time is more than an illusion - and they address multiple time lines. That classic space/time continuum gets ripped occasionally and opens up an entirely different can of worms.
Now back to the original question - is time an illusion?? Frankly I do not have the proper brainpower to comprehend the scientific discussion in spite of my IQ as tested being kinda high. Guess it's high in the wrong area but unless Neil deGrasse Tyson or Sheldon Cooper are explaining things, I am typically bored stiff (aka it is as clear as mud). I guess that leaves my notions and understanding of time confined to esoteric discussions like this one. You know those discussions - the ones where the discussion in and of itself matters more than the subject or any conclusions you may reach.
If pressed I'll admit to thinking time is an illusion but its one we need. We need the structure.
Thats my quick shack-from-the-hip tale on this weeks topic. Please check out my compatriots in the LBC and see where time takes them - and here's a final musical time share - just to get the blood moving a bit