whoo
NRR: The simultaneous existence of past, present, and future 6/22/2011 1:47AM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Will somebody help me to understand this? I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this concept as well as finding any descriptions that are thorough enough to make sense.

Help?
storm cloud
RE: NRR: The simultaneous existence of past, present, and future 6/22/2011 2:15AM - in reply to whoo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Imagine that you can move through your life time line as easily as you can flip through the pages of a book. In Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse 5", there is an alien race in the book that can do this. It's a fun and fast read imo, so maybe it could help.
insiders know
RE: NRR: The simultaneous existence of past, present, and future 6/22/2011 3:26AM - in reply to whoo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
A simplified model: The world is 3-D. We only have the capacity to experience one place at a time, but the rest of it still exists as a unified whole even when we are not there. When you walk in a straight line things appear, pass by, and recede into the distance behind you. If you are doing it at night with a candle you only see the things that are immediately around you, then retain the memory.

Time is the same way. When it comes to our perception of time we are walking through the dark with a candle and only perceive things in terms of whether we can see them or not. We don't have the physical capacity to experience that fourth dimension directly, just as stingrays, for example, have a two-dimensional perception of the world because their primary sense, the electrosensory system, is built to model a flat disc, but we can extrapolate what that extra dimension means from our perception of three dimensions.
wowsa
RE: NRR: The simultaneous existence of past, present, and future 6/22/2011 6:26AM - in reply to insiders know Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
actually, the answer is much simpler.

if you asked me to explain santa claus, i would tell you he is a figment of your imagination. we pretend there is a santa.

the same is true for the past and the future. they exist only in your mind-- in your memory and in your anticipation.

the present is all there is, all there every was and all there ever will be.