Essay on Our Concept of Time

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Our Concept of Time

If our perception of time can successfully be challenged, the implications are huge. The story of evolution, which is supported by our observations and is largely becoming accepted as truth, conflicts with most religious stories. The story of evolution, like many other scientific stories, is changing the story of religion. If God did not really create the earth in seven days, the days must be symbolic or represent time on a different scale. If God did not create the human species in the beginning and designate us to rule the earth, perhaps he set the ball rolling, knowing what was to come.* The story told by religion seems to be accommodating more and more to the story of evolution. Do these stories have to be
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There seems to be three different questions that need to be addressed. Is there a reality outside of time? Can we think outside of the constraint of time? And, can we communicate without the concept of time? It seems that we need to address the first question first. It does not matter if there is a reality without time if we are not able to think about it. Before we can talk about communicating outside of the concept of time, we must first examine if there is such a reality that would be able to be communicated. If reality is truly bounded by time, it would be purposeless or perhaps impossible to tell a story without it. However, perhaps without our story there can be no reality without time. As our stories change, so does reality. A reality without time, and consequentially a complementary explanation for our existence, in fact depends on our stories.

Humans are storytellers. Unlike other species, we have the ability to reflect on our thoughts, and tell stories about our actions. Because we can choose to interpret our observations in different ways, we can choose how to act, change the way we think, and have control over our destinies. Not only do we have the power to make understandings out of our observations of reality, but also we have power to transform reality according to our understanding of what could be. With our power to imagine what is not, we can create things that would otherwise not appear. We have imagined

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