But, seriously, what is time?

The stuff produced by clocks.

Magnus Pyke.

And yes, of course, boffinry should be measured in deci-Pykes.

This would allow some fine grained distinctions to be made. For example, I would claim a couple of deci-Pykes, one for my fabulous dress sense, the other for my habit of actually reading footnotes in academic reports and then going and checking upon them. But most certainly not enough proper boffinry to reach a full and glorious entire Pyke. Richard Feynman might achieve a deca-Pyke.

Discuss.

23 comments on “But, seriously, what is time?

  1. That may have been a quip but it is actually very close to the truth, time is infact the movement of a clock’s hands.

  2. One reference that I’ve never checked was Lomberg’s (in The Skeptical Environmentalist) for his claim that after the Clean Air Act passed, air pollution went on declining at just the same rate at which it had declined beforehand.

    Anyone here fancy checking it? (I mean, we all own the book, surely?)

  3. Whether it be the swing of a pendulum, a quartz crystal vibration, the movement of the sun through the sky, the sweep of a second hand or sand through an hour glass, its always comparing one movement with another.

  4. Dinero – “That may have been a quip but it is actually very close to the truth, time is infact the movement of a clock’s hands.”

    That is why we will all live longer if we slow the hands of clocks down.

    Of course there may be some side effects to this, but on the whole it is a cheaper option than fixing the NHS.

  5. ‘Richard Feynman might achieve a deca-Pyke.’

    Might? A deca-pyke? Assuming a logarithmic scale, it’s a certainty. Else he’s in giga-territory.

  6. Don’t know about time in general but a day for a human is, or approximately should be, the interval between the taking of a crap and the next one.

  7. I’ve always claimed that it’s the only nonrenewable resource. The only one that matters, anyway.

    And I get very angry when somebody wastes this precious resource: whether they’re a cold caller, or a spammer, or someone aiming to lower speed limits, or someone claiming an increased proportion of my earnings to buy themselves something I wasn’t planning to buy for myself.

  8. Time = decay. Which can happen “slowly” or “quickly” depending on who’s measuring it.

  9. How can I tell that the past isn’t a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?

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