The reason we constantly move forward in time in the way we do.

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Offline krytie75

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Many people mistake time as something that constantly flows around us rather than the accepted theory that time is a dimension that we move [forward] through in the same way that we are constantly moving through the three spatial dimensions that we are aware of.

Now, assuming that the accepted theory is correct, it would make sense that when the big bang occured, all 4 dimensions were created and began expanding (as we know the first 3 are).  At the same time, all the matter in the universe was blasted outward and began traveling through not just the 3 spatial dimensions, but through the 4th dimension of time also.  This explains why we move through time in the way we do, the big bang gave us the energy that keeps us moving constantly forward through time.  It also implies a rather handy answer to the age old question of "is time infinite?", that being 'no, but the dimension of time is expanding like the spatial dimensions and hence creating a constant 'area' for us to move into'.

I could be talking absolute hogwash or I may just have come to my own conclusion which is already an accepted theory.  Either way I'd be interested to hear what others make of this.  If I'm correct, does this imply that time travel may one day be possible, once we learn how to slow an object down in just the dimension of time?

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It's difficult to see how you could separate time from space, so that you could "slow an object down in just the time dimension" without effecting its spatial speed; you really can't have time without space, and visa versa, in a universe with more than just one dimension (however, you could have a one-dimensional universe where the single dimension was time and where the sole point object occupying it, essentially being just an abstract value, could change over time i.e. it could have, or would be, different values at different times, but it couldn't go anywhere in spatial terms and there wouldn't be anywhere else for anything else to exist simultaneously with it.  In such a one-dimensional universe too, there would be nothing else with which the rate of time could be compared to know whether it's going faster or slower).

Have a look through the Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology section of the forum - this sort of stuff comes up quite often.
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It's difficult to see how you could separate time from space, so that you could "slow an object down in just the time dimension" without effecting its spatial speed

Why?  You can reduce an objects spatial speed without slowing it's speed through time (much), so why not the other way around?

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Lol - that proviso makes all the difference.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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