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If a tree falls in the forest...

Time has been a real joy lately.  I've had a lot of it to think, and plenty of refreshing distractions.  Moreso, it has provided me with a great challenge, one that has given me quite a few fruitful thoughts.

And I may have stumbled on a rather effective ideal of what time is, but however I try to devise an experiment for it (and I try to for any idea I have) it always boils down to the falling tree problem.

On the upside, I now have a deeper acceptance of why the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics gives time an arrow.  But it's still not a terribly strong argument - I'd like to quantify when it breaks down and start to become meaningless.  Because the 2nd Law is based on the idea of an ensemble.

Of course, it may never breakdown, given nonlocality, resulting in the entire universe acting as the ensemble.  But either way, I don't believe time's a dimension in the traditional sense - it's got to be a possiblistic (coined here!) sort of thing.  The problem is that there is a very real chance that time IS a dimension whose past (and by extension future, too) exists, and that is very much something different from a probability density curve.

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Sobek, upon seeing this entry, told you you should read a book called "The Arrow of Time."

Hm.
I have a great book that's a collection of essays on the matter of time (though it is a little old). I think Sobek's reccomendation is in the sources cited section, and I plan on at least skimming every cited work on a couple of the essays.

As I am standing here, I have been bouncing around a few ideas. First, that time manefests through a nonlinear feedback mechanism; second, that the heat-death eventuality is possibly nonsense; third, what on earth mode-locked time would be/mean and if it would be useful in understanding how the ensemble approach establishes a stable and local time frame. I also can't help but wonder if there is any form of 'friction' due to relativistic effects; or if relativistic effects are a consequence of the opticalillusion seen on a record turntable's beat dots (which may establish a method of mode-locking).