The extraordinary consequences of Einstein’s universe

Relativity shatters our experience of time

Most people have heard that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity revolutionized our understanding of time. But most people still aren’t aware of quite how profound the consequences of Einstein’s block universe are, according to which our experience of the present as uniquely different from the past or the future, the very idea of time having a direction, of “passing”, is put into question, argues Michael Silberstein.   

 

“The objective world simply is; it does not happen.” - Hermann Weyl

I am a Tralfamadorian, seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is.” - Kurt Vonnegut

If you explore YouTube, you will find hundreds of videos and recorded lectures that assert “time is an illusion” given Einstein’s relativity. But is this true?

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Francisco pinedo 26 February 2024

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