Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fixed Relative Time Properties

What is relative time measurement? Let us look at this problem by taking a simple everyday example. Consider a man walking down a street. The man will likely take a predetermined amount of time to reach his destination depending on how fast he is walking, his size and other relative factors. Consider a bird flying overhead as the man walks down the street. The bird will likely reach the same point faster since it is flying or gliding over the same amount of space being considered. If the man looks up he can see the bird flying overhead until it covers the same distance that he is trying to traverse. His sight will compensate for the relative time properties that are lost when such a counterexample is present - that of the bird flying overhead. However, if the bird keeps flying, its speed will likely overcome the man's vision or ability to see it and it will travel out of sight no longer available for the man to observe, thus being out of range of his vision. Since the man can no longer see the bird, it might take him several days or even years until he can cover the entire distance the bird travels. He might eventually see the bird perched upon a tree but by this time, he will have aged by many years and it will have taken him more time versus the bird who has reached that same distance in a shorter period of time. However, these linear considerations need to account for the curvature of space and time thus, the distance the bird and the man travels is likely relative when gravity and the rotation of the earth come into play. However, as far as vision is concerned, even Columbus may have lost sight of the ships traveling the ocean even if the earth was flat since vision is limited, thus time properties are truly uniform. Movement such as that of the bird and the comparative movement of that of the man, is only a marvel and mathematically superficial. Take a step back for a moment. Consider relative points of intersection that of the bird crossing the path of the man at the same time thus causing a collision. As a result, all relative time measurement would cease and a cataclysmic event will have taken place rending time asunder akin to a meteor hitting the planet and obliterating our world. Such a calamity would end the world as we know it and create a million, billion stars that might not be able to support any life at all as a result of such an event and its impact on the universe. Gravity might still exist but the distance from the sun might dull any hope for any life to ever exist but the potential for relative time properties will always exist. If the man is killed or the bird is killed or our planet is destroyed does not hide the fact that relative time properties exist and the separation or destruction of either entity forces an uncertain future or a hyperbolic world (ruled by pervasive ninety-degree angles as that of a clock) or a non-world. To turn to the former, the man need not travel the same distance to outrun the bird, and neither is the bird traveling that distance a philosophical truism but may only be a dynamism. It is simply traveling and fulfilling a material obligation and should be dignified as such. This might also make it seem that the man is always underneath the bird while traveling that same distance. The bird can never out-fly the man since it is simply a denomination of time. The problem must be ignored and we must ask why the traveling bird covering a greater distance than the man produces a relative time controversy. Is the bird meant for the man's consumption or vice versa depending on the type of bird (vulture or bird of prey). If either the man or bird is killed during such an expedition, or the bird outlives the man who may need to cross an entire desert, the relative time properties will remain in force and the bird will never truly enjoy a future since its future is contingent on the man whom it is tagging. Light also travels that same distance and is crucial to sight and thus, light too, is relative as a denomination of time. Thus, relative time properties are highly contentious and bespeak a greater promise somewhere over the horizon.