Daily Nugget of Gold 887
The Slippery Nature of Time
We all know that “time flies when we’re having fun”. We also have heard that “a watched pot never boils”. These are just a couple of the expressions about our perceptions of how long time takes to pass as we are engaged in various activities. Lately, the author has been interviewing some folks about how when they are passionately engaged in the activity that they find to be the most fulfilling thing they do, that time seems to slip right by without notice. You probably already knew that, of course, but then we also became intensely curious as to where else it is that time doesn’t seem to conform to a regular rhythm, or more amazingly, it seems to enter a pace which we think goes beyond what is scientifically explainable.
A classic instance of this is in hitting a baseball thrown at 90 miles an hour or more. Given the amount of time it takes to react to something, this should be almost impossible. That’s because the observation of where the pitch will be, the decision to commit and then fire all the muscles needed exceeds the amount of time that it takes for the ball to leave the pitcher’s hand and reach the plate. Yet, great hitters can pull this seemingly impossible task off to the tune of 25% or more of the chances at bat. What’s even more remarkable is that this doesn’t count foul bowls or connecting with the ball when it is put in play and the ball is caught or the batter thrown out- only those that resulted in a hit.
We think there may be at least two possible explanations to how this happens, one being that the batter somehow becomes in tune with what is about to happen through a non-physical connection, a mind connection- if you will, to the pitcher or catcher or both- and the other we can think of is that somehow or other, with focused intent, time can be altered, at least from the perception of the batter.
You may be looking at this and thinking, “Well, there’s nothing in science that says that either of THOSE things are possible” but you might want to reconsider your thinking that this conclusion is the correct one. Quantum physics might provide the mechanism for either one of those or both, and while it’s true that we don’t know for sure as to what’s happening here, we are far closer to understanding how it could possibly work than we’ve ever been. The first might be a product of entanglement, superposition, or co-location. The second could be a product of those things and/or one other strange quality of the world of the very tiny- “time reversal symmetry”.
While we are just finding out how marvelously strange these qualities are, we have no doubt that they exist on that scale, and since the world of the really tiny exists as a different level of truth within ourselves- then these things may be the very mechanisms that allow such fantastic things to be a reality. We’re not done with this topic yet, because it actually is an important one in expanding our awareness of how the seemingly impossible events take place. As we understand more about that, then we become more open to the possibilities we may have thought didn’t exist.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to learn more about how the impossible can become possible?”
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