Posts Tagged ‘ Perception ’

The Universe and Connection

The Universe, our connection with it.

Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

The universe is full of wisdom and if one try to learn or pay a little attention to it, if one try to understand about it a little then at one point somewhere it will amaze you how we all are connected with each other and with all the things. In the time period when you’re trying to understand about the universe, you will suddenly realize how a single perception, how a single conception plays a role in our life. The universe is amazing, so are you, let the universe be your teacher, a lot to learn from its infinity.

What Is Time?

What Is Time?

Everyone knows what time is. It is what we measure in minutes, hours, days, etc and we follow it with clocks and calendars. In simple words, it is a dimension along which events are ordered from the past through the present into the future, it is a dimension along which we measure the durations of events and the intervals between them. Don’t you think time is more than this statement? Ever you wonder, what is time? Is there something more about time?  Is it just what clock and calendar measures or something more? What is time actually?

Time is a concept, it’s a self-evident concept. We all know about it, don’t we? But there is more than that, there is a lot more about time. There are many perceptions about time, there are many theories which explains what actually time is. Early in the back days, people used sun and stars instead of clocks. Humans always felt the need of the concept of time. This post is about the time but I don’t want to go much deeper into this topic as this topic is too broader to explain with lots of theories, philosophies, physics and then of course my own perceptions about time and I don’t want to make this post too complicated to understand.

Here’s a few words on this topic, a few words to explain what I think about time in very simple words:

Time is basically divided into past, present and future, so lets start with past. Anything which happened doesn’t matter whether it’s known to you or not, it is past. Present is infinitesimal and future doesn’t exist, it’s just based upon the events of past and present. Everything which is happening right now can contribute to the future of anyone. The things someone did in the past, the things someone is doing in the present can play a part in shaping someone’s present in the future including his own present of the future. Future is a projection created by our imagination, knowledge, experiences or by the acts of anyone. When you draw something with a pen on a piece of paper, the things you have drawn is past and the thing you are drawing is present, it’s just all about the touch of the tip of pen to the paper and as soon as it touches the paper present becomes past and future becomes present, that’s how small is the present and all the things you are about to draw is a future. So past, present and future they all exist without the concept of time.

Lets try to go little deeper in this concept. Time is a concept to measure the motion of anything or the change in anything, considering the motion of all particles; the motion of atoms. It’s a concept to measure the motion or the change in the whole universe. How do we measure anything like if we have to measure weight? We just compare it with some kind of standard that we have defined. By comparing something with a particular standard we calculate or measure the unknown things, that’s how we do it. We have created standard to measure things and to measure motion or change we have created the concept of time, like miles per hour, 24 hours is equal to one complete rotation of the earth on its axis, then one revolution of the earth around the sun is equal to 365 days(one year), etc. It shows that when we are dealing with time we are actually dealing with some standard of motion. When there were not any clocks as we have now, people used to measure time with the help of position of the sun and stars. We always felt the need of such concept and it’s a part of our living. If we didn’t have clocks then we would be depending on some other things and we would make some other concept to measure the events, changes and motion. If somewhere in the universe there’s a life then it’s possible that they might have created some other concept as we have created the concept of time. Time is attached with the motion and forces. It depends upon the motion and the forces of atoms, it depends upon the motion and the forces of everything which exist in the whole universe as everything is made up of atoms.

From the above written post, we can conclude that time is just a standard to measure motion and change, a standard created on the base of motion and forces, and that’s why it changes at different points in the universe. Existence of anything doesn’t depend upon the time;  past, present and future are not time dependent. Time is just a concept that we have defined. So I don’t believe in the possibility of time travel; to me the concept of time travel doesn’t make any sense, you can’t go back in the past, you can’t turn an omelet into an egg. However, nothing is sure as reality is too deep and there is no deep reality. Lastly one more thing, we can go to the future and we are going there right now as the present is infinitesimal!

Reality Behind The Reality

Reality is an illusion.What is Reality? In simple words, reality can be defined as the true situation and the problem that actually exist in life in contrast to how you would like life to be or it can be defined as a thing that is actually experienced or seen in contrast to what people might imagine. Well! That’s what the word ‘reality’ means, but that’s not what the reality is all about. Let’s have a deep dive into the reality!

It’s not necessary that my reality is your reality. Reality is subjective, consisting of perceptions and ideas. From one’s point of view, the things which are something to someone, might be something different from someone else point of view. The things we feel and see is reality for us. It’s our idea and perception about the things that shapes our reality and we can have different ideas and perceptions about the same thing. So the question arises, what is absolute reality? Well! I can’t say anything about it; perhaps it’s too deep to understand absolute reality. Dreams seem very real when we are asleep but when we wake up we realize that what seemed so real when we were dreaming was just in the mind, we realize that it was just the dream, not the reality. Let’s take another example, for a small child or for a person who doesn’t know that stars are not visible at the day time due to sunlight, they would have some other perception or idea about this thing, they might believe that star just comes out in the night and disappear in the day, but the fact is stars doesn’t disappear, they are still there at their place. It’s like as more we learn and know about the things, there can be some change in the way we look at the things and therefore, our reality changes with our knowledge. We may have different views and opinions on one object but this doesn’t change the object, object doesn’t change depending upon our thoughts about them. They exist objectively whether or not we think about them, observe them, measure them or ignore them.

We all have our own world of reality; we observe things and then create our reality based on our knowledge, ideas and perceptions. It’s the observer who creates reality and we all are observer, observing the things around us. Whatever you observe is instantly real to you but this doesn’t means that anything which are not in your field of observation just doesn’t exist like I have stated the example of stars. Have you ever thought you heard something when actually there was nothing? Have you ever thought you saw someone and when you looked there, there was no one? Have you ever felt that the things you are experiencing or the things you are seeing, you have already seen and experienced in the past but actually who haven’t; have you ever felt the déjà vu? Have you ever looked at an illusion and been deceived that one line was longer than the other but actually it wasn’t? And there are examples of mirage and many other optical illusions. Aren’t there hundreds of occasions when we do deceive? This simply shows that our mind can get deceived, we can make reality which is not actually the reality or it’s just the reality for one person and for other person the things can be different. It is possible that things as we perceive them are not that way at all, sometimes things can be a lot different from our idea or observation about them.

There are few theories about multiverse(it is the hypothetical set of multiple possible universes) which implies that there are multiple realities where every possible outcome is played out in a parallel universe. It’s impossible to prove this hypothetical theory but it’s an interesting hypothetical theory. What if there’s any truth in this hypothesis? Then will there be multiple realities? Are we living in past, present or future at the same time? Does our human brain perceiving just one possible interpretation of the ultimate reality? Our understanding of the universe is very much limited. What if our some of the current theories will get proved wrong? Then will we still have the same perception about the reality? The reality, the truth is out there but it’s complicated, will we ever understand it? Perhaps, we can one day!  Moreover, it can be much more astonishing and crazier than we can even imagine.

Have a good day ~ Vikas Sharma