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Scientists predict time will stop completely

Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 | Comment icon 152 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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In a startling new theory, scientists have predicted that the passage of time will stop altogether.

The theory is based on research conducted at two Spanish Universities aimed at explaining why the expansion of the universe appears to be accelerating, a conundrum that has puzzled scientists for years. What they came up with was the notion that the expansion of the universe isn't accelerating at all; instead time itself is slowing down at an imperceptible rate and that eventually it will stop entirely, resulting in a perpetual static snapshot for the rest of eternity.

"We believe that time emerged during the Big Bang and if time can emerge, may disappear as well as the opposite effect," said cosmologist Gary Gibbons.

"The theory of time running out was devised by researchers from two Spanish universities trying to explain why the universe appeared to be spreading continuously and accelerating."

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Comment icon #143 Posted by tank6boss on 11 August, 2012, 2:40
I was thinking, if we toss out the "consistent histories" way of thinking of it, the way two entangled particles respond one to the other could be your definition for Now. I find the discussion fascinating because it made me realize that everything we know about time is a result of it passing. With the exception of Now everything else is differential, e.g. a starting and ending point. Thus, time is always a span! Even its units are a span. A minute is 60 seconds... much like dimensional units are. There is the exception--but not really an exception--where we try to put a label... [More]
Comment icon #144 Posted by StarMountainKid on 11 August, 2012, 15:46
Yes, 'now' is interesting. I think 'now' is perhaps what time is. There must be a 'now' for anything to happen. Without a 'now' could time exist at all? On the other hand, does 'now' have a duration? (Planck time units?) If time is quantized, then the duration of each quanta of time is the envelope within which events occur. I'm wondering if a point in space and its corresponding point in time continue to exist as a spacetime unit, so to say. Perhaps the past is only a human concept created by memory. If this point in space continues to exis... [More]
Comment icon #145 Posted by Quake Storm Maverick 66er on 11 August, 2012, 16:25
...Nothing lasts forever...not even the universe is immortal...or is it? The earth may end, mankind may end and everything we made or on this planet will end...but does it end...will it ever end...and how will it end? Questions on time and space are riddles to never be solved.
Comment icon #146 Posted by tank6boss on 11 August, 2012, 18:09
Another thing that might be worth investigating further is the statement that all space continues to exist. Is the space of the Past and that of the Future, the same space of the Now? It seems to me to be intuitive that Space continues to exist, but questioning the intuitive seems to pay off so much in the reports of experiments these days. just trying to be more of a catalyst regarding thought!
Comment icon #147 Posted by StarMountainKid on 12 August, 2012, 4:14
tank6boss, you come up with interesting ideas. Perhaps Past, Present and Future are only human concepts based on our limited consciousness of only the Present. Maybe the true nature of Reality is that all Time already exists, and the 'now' and the passage of time that we experience is an illusion created within our minds. If this were true, I think all the 'nows' that we experience always exist in their own 'now'. In this sense, each 'now' would be a different space, captured in its own time era of 'now'. I said that 'now' is only a human c... [More]
Comment icon #148 Posted by spud the mackem on 12 August, 2012, 8:58
Oh good we all stop ageing,but the busses wont get to you on schedule,as they are always late nowadays.I wish these so called "scientists" would stop spouting a load of moo poo,and come up with something usefull.
Comment icon #149 Posted by StarMountainKid on 12 August, 2012, 18:04
There's a hidden agenda in this thread that you have partially exposed. If we can figure out Time here, we can make the buses arrive on schedule. We'll just adjust our local Time to coincide with the late buses. Also, no more being late for an appointment, and no more tedious waiting for the dentist to call our name! How sweet that will be! So, be patient, we're working on it here without the moo poo scientists. (Plus, patience will not be needed after we UM members get all this figured out.)
Comment icon #150 Posted by Wickian on 12 August, 2012, 19:54
Well if time slows, then our perception of it will slow as well so would be even be able to notice this decline objectively?
Comment icon #151 Posted by Blizno on 12 August, 2012, 23:51
Chez, you don't get to call anybody "bubba" if you can't even write the contraction of "you are". Chezbubba, the contraction of "you are" is "you're". Learn it. Knowing how to write "you're" ("you are") will make you look less foolish and your readers might try to see what you have to say rather than just ignore you. Also, learn punctuation. It's easy once you learn a few simple rules. Try it!
Comment icon #152 Posted by Kazoo on 13 August, 2012, 1:02
If thats true how did life ever come into existence? Without us time could not exist. Therefore time could not move forward to the point where we exist in the first place. The universe uses time to prevent everything from happening at once. I think its egotistic to assume we as humans make that happen.

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