How do we experience time?


Google “Aristotle on time” or “Aquinas on time”. They’re their arguments, not mine. “We stand on the shoulders of giants”, remember? :wink:


… We can think of space-time as a fabric; The presence of large amounts of mass or energy distorts space-time – in essence causing the fabric to “warp” – and we observe this warpage as gravity…


I think I know what you’re getting at, but the question was how do you experience time.

I’ve never felt time like I feel pain or warmth or dryness.
Re your doctors office example, I’ve felt boredom or anxiety waiting in the office, but not “time”.

But I can observe what the passage of time does.

OTOH, I think time actually is an entity, a dimension like length and width.
But I’m not a physicist, so I can’t explain it.
But other people have, you can read it in books.


My sense is that time is perceived rather than felt. I have never felt time but I perceive it in such a way that I experience events as happening in serial, one thing after the other, but that’s not necessarily how things really are. It’s just what we perceive.

All the best


How do “we” experience time?

The greatest way I experience time starts with my birth and ends with my death. God grants each living thing this amount of time to experience. With mankind, we are called to experience good and bad in order to make a choice for an unknown eternity that is also made available to mankind.


The greatest way to know time is to have God take you to “no time”.


So you haven’t in your entire life perceived change?


But the only way we measure time is via the motion of something. It’s a comparison of how much things change position relative to each other. We compare the motion of a quartz crystal to the motion of whatever it is we are observing for instance. We accept one as a standard, but the standard is simply the change in position of something compared to something else, and we compare things to that agreed upon rate.


How is length an entity?

Length is a description of a quality of a thng.
Time is similar, not an entity but a description of a thing’s quality.

Time is measured, or recognized, by memory. By comparing what I sensed at A with what I sensed at B, I can describe change. Time is part of that description.

Whatever would it mean that time is an entity?


I have no idea what the bold faced means. Are you copying the description of particles in quantum theory?

“Change” suggests that there is a duration between S and S’. This duration is called time; it is a variable for measuring or describing the change. It is descriptive, not a separate entity. Like length.

So what do you mean when you say time is an entity? Your example says it is a description, not that it is an entity?


time; no friend of mine;
as hurricane florian bears down on the great state of South Carolina


I’m not a philosopher, nor a philosophy major, so bear with me if I’m not using the right words.
I meant entity to mean something which was real, because the poster I was replying to was looking at time from a different perspective than me.



Yes, time is an entity as it is described in this link.


We of course experience duration of events. It is called psychological time. From googling: " time perception refers to the subjective experience of the passage of time , or the perceived duration of events, which can differ significantly between different individuals and/or in different circumstances."


No, I perceive change.


Yes, that is true. That is how we measure time. But time as an entity exist. We can think of fabric of space-time. It curves and oscillate, gravitational wave.


I mean that a system cannot be in S and S’ states at the same point. State of system is ill-defined in this case.


We can think of time in any way we like, but we cannot separate it from motion. Time is a human name for a concept not an entity. Space-time is not the same as time on its own. Time does not exist on its own.


We can have time but no motion.


Conceptually, yes, in reality no. We can’t even conceive of no motion in any meaningful way because everything is always changing position relative to everything else. Our thoughts are the result of motion. The Universe is always in motion, time, in and of itself cannot exist without motion. Time describes motion.

You can have an idea of time, but not time itself without motion. Like we can have an idea of “blue” but “blue” can only actually be real in connection with light. It’s not real in and of itself.

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