Understanding Relative Time

Understanding Relative Time

 Einstein’s relativity doesn't make sense to me. Albert Einstein said time is relative to your frame of reference. 

I don’t question the validity of his mathematics because they have been tested and shown to be correct every time. 

However, time is a difficult concept to explain, even though we use it daily to keep track of our activities. 

What is your definition of time? If you think about it, you might say you spend 8 hours at work or school, and you use your spare time to read, exercise, and eat. 

How do you use your time? 

Consider that time isn't an event or activity. 

You use your time during your daily timetable of events. You describe when things happen as well as measure the duration of your events. 

You have a personal relationship with time.

You use simple math to count the duration of events. Time is a number on a clock, and you interpret the numbers into the time of the day. 

You can say that time isn’t a force and has no power to change anything because you are the one doing the events and changing things.

Last week daylight saving time changed to standard time.

My wife wakes me from a strange dream, saying it’s 8:11 on her phone, but I want to sleep some more. 

I noticed that it was daylight, and I realized it must be Standard Time because our clocks were still at 9:11 daylight saving time. Did we sleep for 10 hours? 

Today it’s Standard Time; thus, a clock's time is one hour less, giving us a longer day. In the spring, we lose that hour, but it feels as strange as my dream. 

If you travel halfway around the world, you feel strange because of jet lag. 

But waking up and gaining an hour feels just as strange. You can call me strange because Einstein's relative time makes no sense to my time.

Time is our invention to keep track of daily events.

Imagine if people live on a larger planet that rotates slowly and takes longer to orbit the sun. 

A clock’s time on that planet would be very different from our time. 

One day might take 48 hours of Earth time, and one year could take 600 days. 

But that’s not all, the greater force of gravity would change the way you move, and the time dilation on their clocks would be greater. 

Using that planet’s time to describe motion doesn’t seem anything like what we are used to doing. 

For example, the speed of light is the same, but their units of measurement don’t look like anything to our way of measuring things. 

The only way to have universal time between other planets is to base time on the constant speed of light and use a conversion method for each planet in the universe. 

That could be a billion, billion units of conversion units. This example shows us that time as we know it only exists on Earth and in our clocks. 

Meanwhile, we measure the entire universe based on the rotation of Earth.

Einstein said time is relative to each location, but he didn't realize that time is just a measurement of motion. 

It's not something that can change motion or cause events to happen.

Einstein’s time in relativity occurs because clocks are sensitive to gravity in the same way that everything made of matter is affected. 

Time dilation isn’t something that can cause events to happen. Relativity is easy to understand when you realize that a clock's time changes with the force of gravity.

The GPS satellites show how time changes without using Einstein’s relativity. 

 The force of gravity on Earth is fairly consistent. Atomic clocks keep accurate time, and scientists use them as reference clocks. 

 When a clock moves to a higher altitude, it moves faster than a reference clock. 

 The force of gravity acting on clocks near sea level have time dilation (clocks tick slower). 

When a clock moves higher, the force of gravity is less, allowing clocks to speed up. 

 Clocks in the satellites have much less gravity, and we measure that they are ticking faster. 

If a clock moves far enough from Earth, it will tick at its fastest speed showing reverse time dilation, compared to a reference clock in Earth’s gravity. 

Time is an invention that allows us to keep track of our daily events and activities. 

 But time doesn’t change matter or motion. We use the time on clocks to measure the speed and motion of things. 

 Clocks don’t measure time. Clocks show the time. 

 We measure time by counting the minutes and hours that have elapsed. 

 The error of relativity is thinking that clocks measure time and that time causes things to happen. 

 Consider that Einstein misled us and his mathematical ideas blindsided him. 

 But our only excuse is to believe Einstein's math, which doesn't make any sense. 

 It all depends on the definition of time. Does time cause events, or is time a description of events? 

 One more thing, common sense isn't as common as you think. That's my time for this newsletter. I hope I have given you a different point of view to think about.

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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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