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« Reply #25 on: 02/04/2011 21:32:24 »
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Wiybit you just keep repeating what I've already shown to be illogical, you're just trolling now. So I'm not going to bother repeating what I've been trying to get through to you, you need only read my previous posts again, if you ever read them properly at all.

No let me remind you again that I have said repeatly, God can make reality how ever he wants it, if that means free will and him seeing all the many possible futures a person could have based upon free choices, then that's that. Your logic as you call it, doesn't work.

For those that believe in God, God decides how reality functions, and can change it at the drop of a hat, if God wanted to.

You work in a fixed way, 1 + 1 = 2.

God seeing all the possible futures a person could have does not take away their free will, Sorry you do not get it.


As far as you can see, yet according to scripture he does.

So what?

Again, you do not understand, so everything!
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« Reply #26 on: 03/04/2011 06:51:36 »
So you're saying that god is outside logic so he can do anything even if it doesn't make sense.

If that's the kind of "explanation" (or non-explanation) that satisfies you then you're welcome to it.

But since debates are based on reason, and your arguments are outside of reason, you are also outside of the debate.
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« Reply #27 on: 03/04/2011 07:01:56 »
Now one twin decides to go on a short trip at 90% C. That twin trades some of his time velocity for space velocity to move away from his twin. Now they are NOT both moving through time at the same velocity

I'm not sure I understand you properly, but are you implying then that time is not relative, but there is some sort of absolute standard of time? And one of the twins is going faster than the other, rather than just relative to each other?
 

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« Reply #28 on: 06/04/2011 02:56:05 »
Now one twin decides to go on a short trip at 90% C. That twin trades some of his time velocity for space velocity to move away from his twin. Now they are NOT both moving through time at the same velocity

I'm not sure I understand you properly, but are you implying then that time is not relative, but there is some sort of absolute standard of time? And one of the twins is going faster than the other, rather than just relative to each other?

Newton thought there was such a thing of absolute space and absolute time. For two about 300 years this was debated ad nausea without much progress. One camp held that space was a real physical thing on which matter was placed. Think of a stage play. The actors move about the stage doing things and saying things, but when the play is over and the actors go home, and they take down the set the stage still exists. The other camp argued that without matter there would be no space. Think of an alphabet. I can say that that I is four letters down from D, that other letter E, F, G, and H are between D and I but without the letter (matter) then there is no such thing as space. Newton also felt that time was absolute. That an hour in London is an hour in Detroit and in the moon and any other place.

Basically motion needs a reference point. You see a sign on the side of the road that reads "speed limit 100 KPH (or 60 MPH)" but 100 KPH relative to what? Motion through space needs to have some sort of reference to have any meaning.

There is however absolute space-time. This is why we can say "moving through time".

In American Football the player must move the ball 10 yards down field to get a "first down" before being tackled. A running back who can run at a speed of 3 feet per second (about 5 MPH) should be able to reach the first down marker in about 10 seconds. He takes the snap and runs for 13 seconds before being tackled but is still short of the first down, why? He ran cross way down the field so he did run more than 10 yards but much of that 10 yards was used running to the sideline. In the same way, if you want to move through one of the 3 spacial dimensions you'll need to move crosswise to the time dimension which means it will take a little longer for your hour to pass.
 

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« Reply #29 on: 11/04/2011 16:52:50 »
boy meets girl, they click, they have kids. But that was after boy meets girl,  they didn't click, they didn't have kids, so the future was moulded as soon as they split up after the first date. Their two kids tom and anne were never born....whereas after the click,  fred and sue were born...
 

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« Reply #30 on: 14/04/2011 02:12:48 »
boy meets girl, they click, they have kids. But that was after boy meets girl,  they didn't click, they didn't have kids, so the future was moulded as soon as they split up after the first date. Their two kids tom and anne were never born....whereas after the click,  fred and sue were born...

Both histories exist in the same way that two different corridors exist in a maze.

In the 1930's Neville Chamberlain came to a split in the maze. one led to war, the other APPEARED to lead to piece. Unfortunately for the world Chamberlain decided to take the piece corridor, which turned out to lead to a war much worse than it should have been. This is the history we know and "remember". But the history in which Chamberlain lead the Allies to remove Hitler before he became too strong also exists down another corridor.
 

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« Reply #31 on: 14/04/2011 08:33:33 »
I don't see why it is necessary to postulate that every possible future already exists, what does it explain or predict?
 

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« Reply #32 on: 25/04/2011 20:58:15 »
Well, some fight for the 'many worlds' scenario, but it gives me a headache as it become infinitely vast, as I see it, almost instantly. Because where do you draw the line? when a particle interact? And just how many particles do you think interact each second in our universe? Said to be 'infinite' too? and each interaction split a whole universe in all possible possibilities? Which then in their turn do the exact same? It's like one, five, a googol, infinity ~ ..

I don't know, seems like the universe makes it hard for itself if so. Easier to assume that all probabilities exist in a 'static' universe. With us taken for a ride by our macroscopic 'arrow of time' if so. And then with 'free will' as our macroscopic steering wheel(s). Ah, maybe :)

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« Reply #33 on: 26/04/2011 14:22:33 »
Indeed, it would imply every time a particle bounces off another and goes one way, it creates another universe, while in another universe the particle bounced the other way. Where does the energy come from to keep creating all these universes?
 

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« Reply #34 on: 28/04/2011 06:58:35 »
Of the tenses, past, present and future, I have the biggest problem with the present tense. The concept of 'now'. Just thinking about it confounds me. I like this quote from St. Augustine:
 "What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know."

I also like the quip that goes something like.. time is that which prevents everything happening at once.

Speaking of Augustine, there is a pretty good read regarding his ideas about time by Robert Jordan in the Review of Metaphysics edition of way back in March 1955. Here's a taste:

"His
analysis turns up a paradox, the resolution of which is said to
constitute Augustine's contribution to the nature of time. The
matter may be condensed into something like the following: We
speak of long and short times but only in terms of the past or the
future. But neither the past nor the future exists. A thing
exists only in the present, existence being used here in the full
bodied sense of actuality. Now, the present cannot be long. It is
not spatial and cannot be divided, despite our apparently ineradic
able tendency to spatialize and divide it. Any selected unit,
such as a day or an hour, is subject to continuous abridgment.
Hence the present cannot really be long or short. It just is."


While the entire article is a tad long to download and read, and naturally from time to time refers to matters theological, it is a worthwhile resource for this conversation, in my view. There may be other views. Anyway, here's the link, if you wish.

http://www.gclorusso.com/augustine/references/pdf/Time%20and%20Contingency%20in%20St.%20Augustine.pdf [nofollow]

One last quote from Augustine anticipating the big bang theory by 1,600 years:
"Thus there can be no doubt that the world was not created in time but with time. An event in time happens after one time and before another, after the past and before the future. But at the time of creation there could have been no past, because there was nothing created to provide the change and movement which is the condition of time."

So, there it is.. the future does not exist. Augustine said so. :)
Sincerely
Democritus

 
 

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« Reply #35 on: 04/03/2015 19:15:34 »
We all make decisions everyday.  The future is the result of those decisions.  If the future already exists for someone in another frame of reference, then they are able to observe the results of those prior decisions.  None of this alters the fact that we have to choose our actions and make our own decisions.  Someone operating outside our frame of reference with access to the entire timeline of our existence, aka...GOD, would seem to nullify our ability to exercise free will.  Perhaps the point being missed here is that just because the author knows what the ending is, doesn't mean that we aren't making choices at any given moment in time.  Perhaps we are a cosmic event stuck on repeat while GOD as the observer, is asleep in the easy chair watching TV.  That would explain alot:)
 

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« Reply #36 on: 04/03/2015 21:00:50 »
Quote from: Nomad
If the future already exists for someone in another frame of reference, then they are able to observe the results of those prior decisions.
It's not meaningful to say that the future exists for someone in another frame of reference since the future is the set of all events after a particular time as measured in a particular frame. That set of events is different in other frames but it can't be said that they don't exist in that frame. It's that "exists in the other frame" that is tricky and causes problems.
 

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« Reply #37 on: 24/03/2015 09:28:14 »
I think it needs to, however it doesn't mean it is the future that will occur for us. In other words, we don't need to see the arrow of causation as limited to a one past and one future scenario. Consciousness may have agency over space-time due to the possibility it may not reside in space-time, disrupting the determinism of space-time, and creating an additional line of causation, that is, going from x past and x future to y past and y future. The hardest thing to swallow about this is the suggestion that we can and do change history. Sounds crazy I know. A little hypothesis I am working on.
 

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« Reply #38 on: 24/03/2015 09:56:43 »
The book I'm reading right now has made the claim that the future already exists. The idea is that all of space-time (past, present and future) exists as a lump. The example given was a loaf of bread. Each location and each event are points within the loaf of bread. The events that happen at the same time according to two different observers depends on how they are moving relative to one another. This was given as an explanation of Relativity. So if one observer is moving near the speed of light he or she will say that two events happened quite a long time apart when two stationary observers will say they happened at the same time. This would mean that someone is seeing what another would call the future.

This bothered me because it seemed to suggest that the future is already set in stone precluding free will. The future is just as unchangeable as the past. No matter how hard I try I'll never prevent the launch of Challenger on 28 January 1986.

There is another theory I've never been comfortable with that my idea settles. The theory states that anytime something happens that has a chance of turning out in more than one way a new universe is created where all of the possibilities happen. I've never liked the idea of new universes popping into being every time someone decided between wearing the blue or the green shirt today.

But what if space-time was like a maze. One which you can not see what's ahead and you can only go one way. Reaching a dead end in the maze means your own end. When you decide to turn left or right in a maze you are not creating more maze, it's already there but you will never see that part of the maze you didn't take.

So in November 2012 I'll be faced with an intersection of maze where I can vote for Obama or whoever the Republican is. Down one corridor is a reality where Obama wins a second term and the other where the Republican wins. Both corridors exist but we'll only see the results of one.

Let me answer this for you, the future is always there and something's in the future are set in stone such as the Sun will eventually die, we will all eventually die.

however actions in a timing period of time can not alter a future unless by invention or science.
  Example- if I could prove any of my own ideas to be true,I would in effect change the future and the past at the same time by alteration of the present.


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« Reply #39 on: 24/03/2015 22:23:55 »
Gentlemen,

Here are my thoughts, please chew on them a bit, see how they taste and let me know how I did.

Firstly one of the first scientists, Siddhartha Gautama. Studied at length the question of time and came to a conclusion that may fail theories of time space and relativity but passes the test of relevance. Meaning whenever you need to answer a related question that needs this answer for a variable, plug it in and it works. His answer was, there is only the present moment. That is not to say that time does not exist because that would be silly. Time is just our understanding of the nature of the current moment's transition to the next. Think of a motion picture frame by frame. In our current frame the effects of past frames linger but the past is burned away as it becomes the now. The future is not yet in existence because all the pieces of the present to include decisions we make have not yet manifested however as they do the now disappears and the future becomes the now. Seamless and perfect. No past, no future just now. Could other theories be true, maybe but this will always pass the relevance test.  Does it matter if the future already exists? No, because for all practical purposes it does not. Generally speaking an inability to perceive or affect either the past or future further aides the argument for this theory.

As for the God question. Quoting scripture in a science forum is juvenile at best. Use logic to form your argument. I will not repeat the adequate explanations of why if there is a future then there can be no free will and therefore god... whatever. But what I will say is try this other test of relevance. When the question of GOD comes up substitute...all existence, the entire NOW frame for GOD. Us included not separate and it works. Example who created the universe? Spontaneous big bang=self creation= GOD did. Bam. Knocked that out in an afternoon.  What is God's will? All things in the universe operate according to the laws of science which we continue to discover. If everything is god then these laws must be gods will. The way the Now evolves over time is the will of GOD. Nothing more. If I pray to god will it help? Only if by praying you mean that you get off your ass an do something about it. Anything else is coincidental. Is GOD good? Depends on your point of view I imagine. Overall I would say the Muslims have it right on this front. Just say thanks for the opportunity to exist. Praise be to god who created and provides for us all. Or however you'd say it.

Sorry I started to get off topic. 

As Siddhartha once said don't just take my word meditate on it yourself, find the real truth for yourself. If what I say is true it will not fail under harsh examination.

And my man Einstein said "any idiot can make a thing bigger and more complicated it takes real genius to move in the other direction". So if it passes the relevance test and is super simple why develop a more complicated theory.

 
 

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