Matter and Time
Dave had this comment on my “Time is Motion” Blog:
“I've always thought of time as a camera recording everything coming to be and ceasing to be, the ceaseless movement of matter. The camera being this precise moment -- now - a fixed point. If there was no movement down to the atomic and sub atomic levels the very notion of time would be irrelevant.”
Thanks Dave for your insight. Although time is really not a camera, I get the idea. In a sense, a picture freezes motion, which is time. The corollary is that if all motion stopped, all matter would disappear. This is another way of stating the Fourth Assumption of Science, inseparability (Just as there is no motion without matter, so there is no matter without motion).
This should help us confront the silly idea of time dilation. We might “dilate” the photo we took through enlarging it, but we could never do that with the motion that the camera cannot photograph. We can dilate the photo and the matter it depicts because those items have xyz dimensions. They exist, but motion does not. This “connection” between matter and motion is a necessity for the existence of the universe. This is also why a finite particle cannot exist. Such a particle would have to be filled with “solid matter,” which could not have anything within it that was in motion. Such a particle would defy the rule that motion is required for matter to exist. That is why we define matter as that which contains other matter, ad infinitum, per the Eighth Assumption of Science, infinity (The universe is infinite, both in the microcosmic and macrocosmic directions).