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Ayad Gharbawi

August 4, 2009 - Damascus


Is there a ‘speed of time’ in relation to the Mind?

I will argue, that yes, there is a ‘speed of time’, as far as the Mind is concerned. When I say ‘speed’, what exactly do we mean? Is it measurable? No, by ‘speed’, I mean that which is felt by the relevant Mind. Thus, there are no precision measurements involved here, as we do with time in general.

Let us take our first example, Observer (O1), who experiences two Events (E1 and E2). Let us make the events emotionally neutral; meaning, that they are not too exciting or depressing. Let us, (E1) is where (O1) watches cars drive by his house and (E2), he’s watching birds come to eat from his garden birdhouse. Let us next say that each event lasts for ten seconds. Thus (O1) experiences (E1) for 10 seconds and (E2) for another 10 seconds. Observer one is fully aware of his surroundings. Next, after 20 seconds pass, we ask him: how long did he feel time passed for him? (O1) may say that felt a pleasant 10 seconds passed by.

Our next Observer (O2) is not really concentrating on anything at all. He too experiences similar events, (E1 + E2) and in the same Time Frames, that is 20 seconds. Next, we ask (O2) the same question: how long did he feel time to have passed by, after the end of the events. In (O2) case, as we said, he is not observing anything, nor was he being aware of his surroundings at that TF. So, he may answer by saying: that he didn’t feel time at all during T0-20 sec.  And he may say that he felt 0 seconds, or that time passed by really fast, so much that he did not feel it at all.

Thus, the mathematical time in our TF is 20 seconds; whereas it was felt to be 10 seconds for (O1) and 0 seconds for (O2). In other words, time passed by far quicker for (O2) than it did for (O1).

Thus, we can state that: time is a concept that can only be felt, experienced by an observing, aware and conscious Observer; and it is only the (O) who can ‘feel’ how long or short time lasted.

In the absence of an (O), there can be no meaning to the concept of time.

Time can only exist when it is directly connected to Mind; if there is no conscious, observing Mind, then there is no time whatsoever.

When scientists talk about time beyond the Mind, such as in, for example, spacetime studies in physics, it can have no meaning to the human being at all. That does not mean to deny the existence or the facts concerning spacetime, but it can have no bearing on the individual person.