The Difference Between Clocks and Time

The Difference Between Clocks and Time

You have a relationship with time. erik lovin

According to Einstein's Relativity, Gravity Affects Time.

There’s a big difference between clocks and time. 

Gravity affects clocks at the rate of a clock’s ticking, but nothing affects time because time is a measurement of motion. 

Gravity affects physical things such as a clock, but time is a number that isn’t physical. 

A clock is a tool to keep track of our daily events and activities. Time, on the other hand, is what a clock shows. Time isn’t a force that can cause something to start or happen. 

We have been trained to think time is a cause of events instead of knowing that time measures a force that causes things to happen. 

For example, light travels because of the force of electromagnetism, and we measure the speed using a clock. 

Time doesn’t do anything at all. It’s just our invention to keep track of our daily events and activities compared to the position of Earth to the Sun. 

Einstein was misled by time, and we continue to believe what Einstein said. In other words, we have a false understanding of science. 

But we still need time to keep track of our history and future appointments. 

Do relativity and the speed of light affect time in the universe?

The truth is that time is a human invention to keep track of our daily events and activities. Time doesn’t do anything, but clocks show us numbers we interpret as time. 

Time doesn’t exist elsewhere in the universe because time is an invention to measure the duration of events on Earth. 

Scientists use time on Earth to measure everything in the universe without realizing it makes little sense. 

We have measured the speed of light using clocks on Earth. Thus the speed of light is only relevant on Earth or when compared to the speed of Earth’s rotation because time is created from the duration of Earth’s rotation. 

Einstein’s relativity is relative to the laws of physics on Earth because the values of every physical thing depend on the environment, and the environment is different everywhere. 

We see that on the GPS clocks, time moves faster, and on a giant planet, time would be much slower. 

However, remember that time has no physical properties and can’t cause something to happen. Time is a way of measuring motion but only on Earth. 

The force in the universe that moves things is gravity, which varies from place to place. An unknown force moves the universe at the speed of light, but time has nothing to do with motion.

What is a Moment of Time, and are all Moments Connected?

That’s an interesting question. Time doesn’t exist except on clocks and in our minds. 

It’s easy to be confused when you see a clock’s display moving and the sun moving across the sky; you're thinking that time is moving. 

The reality is that only one moment exists because the present moment moves into each future moment. 

Try to think about motion moving from one moment to the next but don’t think in terms of time moving. Time is an invention that we use to keep track of our daily events and activities. 

Everything moves, and we use time to measure how fast things move. The Earth rotates without using time, but we think time makes it move. 

We say a moment of time, but it’s a moment of motion. We can measure motion, but we can’t measure time! Time is already a measurement. 

Clocks don’t measure time; they measure the motion of something, and we call the measurement time. A cesium atomic clock counts 9,192,631,770 oscillations of an atom as one second. 

The clock counts motion into seconds as atoms vibrate at the speed of light. 

Time ticks in steps from one second to the next second, but atoms move seamlessly from one moment to the next moment. 

Does the Idea of Infinite Time Affect Our Finite Existence?

We live on a planet about 4 billion years old in the universe that’s about 13.8 billion years old, but these values are estimates from things we can measure. 

Suppose our measurements are fairly accurate, then it's not an infinite amount of time. However, an infinite amount of energy could exist in a realm that created the universe. 

If that’s a possibility, then infinity is eternal. 

We know that life is short, but the energy that maintains our life and the lives of billions of people isn’t finite. 

If we knew that our energy (our Soul) exists forever in a timeless realm, we would use our finite existence differently. 

If you believe you cease to exist when you die, your view of life will be different. 

But we have internal energy from the soul that keeps us grounded no matter what we think about life. 

Your question is very philosophical and has many possible answers. This answer is just one possibility.

In Summary, clocks show numbers, and it’s our task to interpret what numbers mean. 

Modern society needs clocks to keep track of daily events and activities. If a person has never seen a clock, it wouldn’t mean anything to them. 

But time is easy to observe from the daily changes of light and darkness. Your circadian rhythm can govern your time instead of the numbers on clocks. 

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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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