Time Speeding up?
Time is absolute, as far as we know. As long as Earth moves around the sun at the same speed, there will always be hours and days and years and such, and the will always be the same.
Nothing we know of besides intense acceleraction can impact time, because astronauts have come back a little younger than they would have been if they never left. Of couse, this suggest something moving so fast (Maybe as fast as light) would have time slow down, stop or even go faster for them. But unless the Earth is crusing the Galaxy at a good 10000000000000000000 KM per hour, time is the same as it always was and always will be the same unless a large object makes it otherwise.
We all experience the same thing. I only hope it doesn’t continue to accelerate for much longer. I’m 23 and days seem like hours, years like months… It has more to do with biology than any property of space and time. Smaller organisms in general live shorter lives. I don’t really know what the connection is, it’s just the rate of biochemical processes in your body or something.
4 Facts about Time:
It has been suggested that our subjective experience of time is in proportion to our total experience.
When you’re 8, a year is 1/8 of your life experience. A big chunk. Seems like forever between birthdays.
When you’re 20, a year is 1/20 of your life experience. A smaller chunk. Seems like a few months between birthdays.
When you’re 60, a year is 1/60 of your life experience. A tiny chunk. Seems like a week between birthdays.
Some say, Time seems to speed up when we get older is all to do with the way the brain works.
When we are young, the nearly or all of the Neurons within our brains are still intact and therefore healthy and fit which means that they will be able to function correctly. As we get to or beyond the age of 26 however, 12.6 million neurons will have already died which means that the rate in which the brain processes information is slower which means that time will seem shorter. and this will keep going on until finally the rate in which neurons die slow down at around 60-70 years old and time will seem to stay the same after this age.
Time is still a puzzling thing, even today.
For the most part people see time as the fourth dimension of space and is something that is constant.
Some Scientist have determined that time is slowing as the universe expands. The reason we are not effected is because we are a part of the universe. I believe this to be false as they relate time to the size of the universe and the energy per unit volume of space.
The way I see it is that time isn’t something that exactly exists. Not as we currently think. Our measuring of time is like our measuring of distance and since distance makes up the 3 dimensions (length, width and height) then time (also measurable like distance) must be another dimension of space right? Not exactly. Time really only exists as long as there is change in one or more of the three dimensions of space. If everything was still (and I mean EVERYTHING) then so would everyone’s perceptions. Everything would be frozen in time. Time would be the thing considered still and not the other three dimensions but it is those dimensions that are not moving. So time is simply the progressive change of the three dimensions of space (the universe). It is this progressive change that we measure.
As for time seeming to go by quicker as your older. I like the 1/4, 1/20, 1/60th of your life thing that has been mentioned. It is a good way to see it. More specifically though, the longer you’ve been alive the more of life you have experienced and the more you have going on “up stairs”. “A watched pot never boils” is what I think this is a case of. The longer you have lived the more of life you have stored away in your head that can distract you. I think that as you (us all) get really up there with age (if were so lucky) that you will find yourself counting the days. You are now watching the pot and time will seem to crawl.
It has been hypothesised that the visual area of the brain known as human V5, the region involved in motion detection, may be the region most responsible for time. Majority of physicist believe that time is essentially relative to one’s visual metabolic rate. Metabolic rate is regulated by the speed of the intake of energy, the rate of the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)and its usage by visual areas of the brain. The human perception of “time” is thus governed by our rate of metabolism; the rate of the production of ATP by the mitochondria in V5. For example, when general human metabolism (and V5) is fast, as in the case of child, time runs slow.
Time as we know it does not exist in space ! Perhaps humans invented the concept of time out of mortal fear; reasoning that if time were tangible then its degenerative march could be controlled, just as mankind has tried to subdue other aspects of the natural world.
In the beginning there was darkness”. and there was no time. Time becomes immaterial in empty space, and demonstrates clearly that without objects-in-motion – mass and energy – there is nothing to measure the relative passing of time. So how God knew what day it was in the beginning is anyone’s guess. But we digress. Time is relative to mass and energy, there is no ideal universal clock. As a concept, time cannot precede mass and energy, simply because the idea of time is reliant on the relative motions of celestial bodies. You wanna slow down time, you can, just slow down ! Take a look around, smell the flowers