After 3-4 years of arbitrary web browsing, many years of idle chit chat and rotating thoughts several times in the mind, I have this sudden urge to write something philosophical. I have wondered, as many have before me about the concept of time, God, Karma and the whole over-arching umbrella of things being connected. In my first job in a research and development lab, I was assigned to develop a feature on the I/O module of an operating system. I was struggling to understand some concept and so approached a colleague Rob, who I thought was a very profound kind of guy. In the middle of the conversation, I told him it was nice that I had been assigned this module and that it was a larger plan to make me strong in IO module. He was amused and said " I have long since given up assuming that things actually are minor cogs and part of a larger plan. Things happen in random, people make decisions based on instant requirements and if it has relevance to something larger it is merely a coincidence" It turned out that was true. that was the first and last project for me in IO.
Time: If not for time everything would happen at once. B.R.Chopra's greatest stroke of genius was the conception of 'Time' as the master narrator. If somebody was totally qualified to narrate the history of the world, evolution and the expansion of the universe, there is no better choice than Mr.Time to narrate it. I have always been intrigued by our capacity to perceive time. For example, our perception has granularity associated with it. This is hard to explain but I'll try. We don't experience microseconds, we can't say "I felt/spent 1 microsecond of pain or happiness" like we can say "I experienced a week, an hour, a month, a year of pain or happiness". The quantum of time needs to be large enough for us to perceive it. If time was X-axis then the scale has to be in units of seconds for us to be able to plot events against time. Events corresponding to microseconds would form subset of the larger event that spanned seconds. This makes me wonder if that scale was a tunable parameter. Is this scale different for different beings? For example (this is just a hypothetical situation)- Maybe (and I can't stress more on the maybe part) dinosaurs are slow because they can't perceive 'seconds'? They can only see and do events in chunks of 'minutes'. So if they begin to do something, in the process of doing that thing, they would only see events at one minute intervals instead of 1-2 second intervals that we humans can. So the quickest they think they can do anything is a minute.
What if human beings in an another age (past or future) could perceive events separated by microseconds? Would that make them do super human things? If you can expand the X-axis Time scale to accommodate microseconds, would you be able to do more things in a second than today's human beings? And by virtue of that would you appear faster to the normal human being and therefore be regarded as super human? Are these the capacities that Rama, Bhima or Arjuna had? Was there a time when a mixture of people who perceived times in different chunks of granularity existed? And to people like us, did those faster human beings appear like demi-gods or super humans worthy of praise?
If you plot Time in X-axis and draw events along time. If every centimeter in the graph represented 1000 years, then the mughal invasion, British rule and the independence would be a spec on a dot in the graph. If you increase scale to 500, 100, 10 years then you would be able to plot events with better clarity. The things that intrigues me is that can you make 1cm in the graph as 1 nano second and plot events? Yes! you would plot many meaningless events but what if you can do and thereby plot meaningful events?
Is perception of time a tunable parameter?
To be continued...