Thursday, 2 September 2010

Time waits for no one

What time is it?

The time is now.

And when is now?

Now was when you asked the question and when I answered it and now. And now again.


It is always now.

You seem to imply that now is both in the past as well as the present.

And also the future.

Is this some sort of linguistic trick?

When is a trick no longer a trick? Is it any the less real for being a linguistic aberration? But to answer your question: no, it isn't.

So you are saying now is simultaneously past, present and future?

Not quite. Consider: the future was before you asked the question, which is the now past and you now remember the past which was once the future later. There's an asymmetry. Your access to the future is via the past as it is recalled in the present, but the present also extends into the future before it is a past future which is only accessible in the present or, more accurately, presently. I hope that clears things up for you. I'll be seeing you.

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