Thursday, May 25, 2017

Does Time Run Out?

Does time run out? Pravin asks that question of us with this weeks LBC topic. So what is time? Here is what DR. Neil  deGrasse Tyson says -

That is Dr. Tyson's definition. Merriam Webster says : 1) a :  the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues :  duration  b:  a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future - Like Steve Miller sang, "Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping into the future"'

Tyson says "We are prisoners in the present locked in eternal transition between our past and our future."  Time is constant, it is our measurement (reckoning) of time that allows the notion of time running out. 

As I queried last month when the topic was simply Time,  Since we cannot bring back the past is  time really anything more than the present? Is  the future  real before it becomes the present? The short answer is no to both questions in my opinion. But in reference to the period of reckoning,  time can run out. It is like starting a discussion with a disclaimer like "For the sake of this discussion, the sky is orange with green stars" or a stadium's unique set of ground rules in baseball.  

Then there are the Spanish scientists who believe time is literally running out and will simply cease to exist. Granted - they are thinking it will happen in billions of years but it certainly does make one stop and think. You can read about that here.

In the meantime, you might as well enjoy the present in any way you see fit. Me? I'll probably listen to the occasional song about time - 

Be  sure to check my cohorts blogs to see what they have to say about this week's topic- RamanaPravinMaria and Ashok.


  1. I think that both of us are on the same wave length but you have brought in the heavy artillery in the form of Tyson and Cher!

  2. Even if we didn't measure time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years - we'd still be slave to time marching on relentlessly.