By Grant Fieldgrove
Whereas on holiday together with his kin, Archie witnesses a homicide that no-one turns out to think really occurred. With the suspect being a well-known Hollywood megastar and a corpse that has been dragged into the sea, no longer even the neighborhood police are keen to assist.
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You can use the existence of time, for a start, to prove that nothing is real. The past is as dead as those who no longer live, no more real than your dreams, right? And the future has not happened yet. So all that is to come is, again, imagination. All that is real, therefore, is that infinitesimal sliver of time between past and present, which of course amounts to nothing, because as time never stops that sliver has zero thickness. So, time is real, but nothing else is. e. the view that it is only the present, the world at the moment ‘now’, that exists.
Hindus see certain animals, particularly cattle, as sacred and will not eat or even harm them. But the Biblical view took hold in the society that ended up developing the sciences of evolutionary biology, ethology (the study of animal behaviour) and neuroscience. This rather uncompromising underlying belief about animals could be seen to have shaped our study and interpretation in a rather unhelpful way. But even in Biblical times there were contradictions and paradoxes. Animals were treated badly, but religious codes arose forbidding cruelty.
That or perhaps – just perhaps – getting lucky and detecting what some physicists think may be remnants of the colossal energies of the Big Bang: cosmic superstrings, giant expanded subatomic particles billions of miles long made of ‘stuff’ so dense that a metre of superstring would weigh trillions of tonnes. Time as a fundamental quantity seems to be intrinsically linked to our conscious perception of the world. The philosopher Derek Parfit, in his seminal 1986 book on personal identity, Reasons and Persons, wrote of ‘the objectivity of temporal becoming’.
A Touch of Danger by Grant Fieldgrove