an intuition I have come to concerning time is the following (it is only
qualitative and may or may not be helpful in thinking about time):
From relativity theory we know that there is no universal now, and that
the invariant between two "points" in the physical universe is spacetime
distance, where time or space are interchangeable relative to different
Now let us for the moment go into the position of an observer
(ourselves, for instance).
space: is the dimensions over which I have control as a thinking
subject. I can move left, right, up, down, front, back - three
dimensions. I can consciously change my relation to other objects (which
continue on their trajectories through spacetime).
time: is the motion of all other objects in the universe in relation to
myself - even some objects of which I am made of, say, the cells in my
body (which divide etc), bloodstream etc.
So we see a first person/third person divide:
space as the self moving in relation to everything else,
time as everything outside the self moving in relation to
So, in this sense, time and space are indeed very much alike - they just
represent different points of view (self vs otherness)
Just a few thoughts :-)
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