How Do You Measure Time?

How Do We Measure Time

 How do we measure our time? The long answer is in my book, Einstein Misled By Time. The short answer is that we use a measuring tool like a clock, but we don’t measure time. 

Let me explain. Einstein said a ruler measures space, and a clock measures time. 

But a clock shows us the time, and we measure the movement and speed of everything using clocks. 

Thus a clock measures motion, not time, but we have learned to convert a clock’s display into time. 

We use clocks to count the duration of our daily events and to look at the time. 

A clock's numbers are used to measure the duration of events and also to tell the current time. 

To measure an event, we count the numbers on a clock, then call the number a duration (amount) of time. 

We think we are measuring the time of an event, but it’s the duration of an event compared to the number of seconds that the Earth has moved. 

Clocks show us the time (an instant of motion) according to the position of Earth relative to the Sun. 

The duration of an object's movement uses a force. Everything is moving by a specific force of energy. 

Time is the measured motion of events, so we measure motion, not time. 

The motion of any movement can be measured and called time. The rotation of the Earth is measured as durations of motion called time. 

How Can the Motion of Earth be Time?

We measure an atom's frequency (motion) and call it time. We can measure our heartbeat and call it time. So what is time? 

Everything is moving at a different rate. Time doesn’t exist except on a device that measures motion, and everything moves at a different speed (motion). 

We can’t measure time because it’s invisible and a number. 

Time is a human invention to keep track of our daily events and durations of motion based on the rotation of the Earth. 

So we took the constant motion of Earth, measured it, and called it time.

The word "time" is ingrained into our minds to mean all kinds of things. 

It was a time of peace. It was a time of war. It was a time of hunger. It was a time of feasting. 

Can we measure time? Let’s review how clocks are made. 

We can measure motion as speed or duration. Imagine an hourglass, and see the sand flowing. 

We have a visual representation of time (sand) moving and the duration of time. 

We can measure and calibrate how long the sand moves if we use a clock, and then we can use the hourglass without a clock. 

But are we measuring time moving or sand moving? 

We are using our minds and converting the visual motion of sand into time. So time is a measurement of motion. 

Time is measured by motion, and motion is measured by time. It’s a circular system. 

First, we invent a tool having constant motion, such as the hourglass. 

Then we put the right amount of sand into an hourglass, and we have a tool that measures the duration of time.

Next, the duration of one day was mathematically divided into 24 hours and each hour into 60 minutes. 

Then clocks were made to tick each minute at the same rate as the Earth’s rotation (motion). 

Thus, clocks show us the units of hours and minutes as time. 

Before clocks, we didn’t have hours, minutes, and time. We didn’t have time travel stories either. 

That means that time doesn't exist without clocks. 

Time is the measured conversion of motion into numbers, and our minds convert the numbers into time. 

The motion is real, but the numbers representing time only exist on clocks and in our minds. 

I agree it's easier to talk about time as a force of energy that controls our daily events. 

But if we treat the concept of time as having a force, we give physical power to the numbers on a clock. 

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About the Author Erik Lovin

Erik has a BSc degree and is a retired professional photographer who is now a published author of many books. His passion is understanding how life and the universe work. He is currently blogging about the science of the Big Bang and science in your life. Erik is helping his tribe with questions about the universe. His goal is to help find a theory of everything (TOE). In order to do that, he is trying to prove light has mass and that the fabric of spacetime is a false theory. We are welcoming questions and answers that you might have about the universe.

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