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hey Jerry, I was thinking about this too. My thoughts on calling time a 4th dimension is its an invention of clocks. Time is dependent on the speed of light as proven by the stop watch experiment aboard the space craft that was one minute slow. Time keeps a position in space as it travels from point a to point b. It still is a something at specific coordinates in space, it just moves really fast. Just my thoughts.
The basic concept is as you approach the speed of light time slows down, until you reach the speed of light and anything you looked back on would be frozen. If you went faster then the speed of light then when you looked back at the objects you're traveling away from, you would watch them moving in reverse.Time in this definition may be the receiving and interpretation of light by a lens. But the curious thing is how does the mechanism keeping time in the clock on the space ship, be it quartz or a pendulum, know to slow down as the ship moves faster or slower?