Bear, Teddy and I were out yesterday for a while. No snow to speak of except on the mountains which are sitting around the edges of the San Luis Valley like a come-on from a tourist brochure. Starlings in one red willow bush. Tracks the dogs could “see” but I could not. I gave Teddy my birthday because he was six months old when I got him one June day 4 years ago, so we were celebrating.
As they walked, sniffed and pulled their leashes to get to the next scent, I had the thought that if we didn’t “measure” time we wouldn’t “know” things like that. Funny how we make up stuff and then “know” it as if it were a discovery — that said, the movement of the earth around the sun is regular enough to say “clock” to any human. It’s a system that pre-exists any human “knowledge” and we are obliged to follow it if only because it’s really dark at night.
I’ve sat in on a lot of arguments/disputes/discussions about whether time exists. They tend to get extremely abstract and most of them end in “Oh my god, it’s late. I have to get home.” Some of these disputes started with the idea of a “time line.” “It’s not a line,” was often the opening…So there’s that. I don’t think I’ve ever taken a side in these discussions because 1) I don’t know, 2) I wear a watch. Right there is a conundrum. There’s the argument that there is no “time,” there is only duration. There’s the argument that since all time exists in the universe simultaneously (we can see the beginning of the universe if we look far enough into space) there is no time. I tend to think the problem is the word, “time,” there being a difference between the “space time continuum” and “what time is it?”
At this point in my life, even when I look at the solid form of Mt. Blanca I KNOW it was once a much bigger mountain in located near the equator. Interesting paper on the history of the Sangre de Cristo mountains here.
The Ancestral Rockies
The first Rocky Mountains, called the “Ancestral Rockies,” began to rise about 320 million years ago during Penn- sylvanian time. Like the present Rocky Mountains, deep fault-bounded basins separated individual ranges of the Ancestral Rockies but, unlike the present Rockies, these basins were filled with shallow seas. Geologists continue to speculate about how the Ancestral Rockies formed, whether by compression and thrusting of the crust or by strike-slip faulting, or some combination of these, perhaps when two large ancient continents, Laurentia (North America and Europe combined) and Gondwana (South America and Africa combined) collided. However they formed, the Ancestral Rockies were largely worn down by erosion by the end of Permian time, about 250 million years ago.
Think about that…a whole mountain range gone. Not exactly “poof!” but still gone… And before that? A whole lot of stuff no one really knows much about. The paper says, “The first 30 billion years are largely unknown…”
Yesterday my cousin, Tom, called me. Tom and I were good friends in our childhood and teenage years. We’re the same age, well, he’s one month younger. But time (ha ha) marches on and people grow up, get married, move on and on and on and on and things happen to them. Last time I talked to Tom was in 2008. The first thing he said was, “Are you really 71 years old?” I cracked up.
“You’re not far behind, sonny.”
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I don’t know about time, but if I set the cooker alarm for a set time then nine times out of ten I will go back in the kitchen with one minute left on the clock… Weird!
I do that with my alarm in the morning. 😀
Apparently we have cells that measure time in our brains…
:O I believe that. My dogs certainly do.
It’s a dangerous thing in our house to be late feeding the cat an dog. The guilt tripping is sophisticated and severe. They know all they need to know about time – breakfast and dinner time.
Oh yeah. My dogs come in and look at me and often at first, I don’t get it and then? They start wrestling — I don’t know if they think they earn their dinner by entertaining me or what!
The cat will “sing” for her supper. Her arias are infamous…I mean famous.
I had a Siamese I named “Naggy.” Nothing more need be said. 😀
Like you, I do that with my morning alarm
I believe that once we understand the concept of time it becomes almost automatic. I often wake up a few minutes before the alarm goes off in the morning! And I’m often ready for a phone call or a visit just before it is scheduled to happen. I think it’s not so much a function of an assigned number as it is an interval between unstated numbers.
I agree that’s how our functional time operates. I also think there’s a biological component to it that we might not understand fully, but that’s definitely there.
It’s interesting that I can tell myself to wake up at x time with the same result as if I tell myself to wake up after y hours. I hope it works that way next week when I have to wake up extra early for a minor eye procedure!
I hope so, too! It’s so much nicer to wake up without an alarm.
I like the thread that you have running through this post… the mountains, dogs, time, and finally age. glad your cousin contacted you – a nice birthday gift!
It was a great gift! We had so much fun talking.
Trying to conceive of time makes the speed of light irrelevant.
I agree with that!
Belated happy birthday wishes for you and sweet Teddy dear Martha! 🐾❤🐾 xxx
Thank you! 🐾❤️
We have much of our family out west I the Rockies. Early in the morning our doggie barks to wake us up.
My dogs don’t bark. But they certainly let me know!!!