Okay, so I was on the step machine watching as each new step came into existence. As I increased the speed each new step came quicker and quicker. Watching the steps coming in made me think of video cameras and how they capture frames of images. A second of video is usually around 30 frames of images played back at 30 frames per second. If we want to put something in slow motion we capture more frames so that when we play it back it slows down the image.

Let me draw it out for you...


To give you an idea of what I'm talking about...

30 frames played back in 1 second = Regular Playback

30 frames played back in 2 seconds = Slow motion with choppy playback (since there are only 15 frames playing per second)

30 frames played back in 30 seconds = Slow motion with really choppy playback (since there is only 1 frame playing every second)

Since this is the case most video people know to capture at a quicker framerate if they are going to play it back in slow motion. Let's say you wanted to play something back 3 times slower than normal, but still keep a smooth framerate. You would record 3 times as many frames as normal then, and play them back at a normal framerate.

So say our normal framerate is 30 and we want to make something 3 times slower. We would actually need to record 90 frames within a second (3x the normal framerate) and then play those 90 frames out over 3 seconds so that we are getting 30 frames each second. By doing this we are actually slowing down time by a factor of 3 when we play it back.

Another way to look at it is that we are capturing data when we record something onto video. At a normal framerate of 30 frames per second we are capturing 30 pieces of information in 1 second. At a higher framerate we capture more information within the same amount of time.

So if we capture 300 frames within 1 second we are capturing 10x the information that we capture at 30 frames per second.

If we capture 3,000 frames per second we are capturing 100x the information that we capture at 30 frames per second.

Yeah but what does this have to do with time?

I'm glad you asked. So as we capture more information we are actually slowing down time in a way. Time is relative to the way we perceive data that we collect as humans. Every second in our daily lives works similar to a second of playback in a video. As we live we are taking in various iterations of data and playing them back through our senses.

But what I am getting at is that time is completely relative to the perceiver of time. As humans we perceive time a certain way. A second in our human lives plays reality back at a certain framerate. I think I read somewhere that humans basically play back life at 60 frames per second. Our eye captures 60 iterations of change per second and we perceive reality that way. But from another perspective, to another entity, reality may be playing back at a completely different framerate, either faster or slower.

Some other life form may take data (life) in at 100,000 frames (changes) per human second and it may play these 100,000 frames back to themselves at 30 frames per second relative to their time perspective, all within a seconds time for a human. So within 1 second to us some other entity may be experiencing thousands of seconds to them. They may be playing back 100,000 frames at 30 frames per second all within our 1 second. So they would actually experience 3,333 seconds (100,000 / 30) all within our 1 second.

But wait, there's more!

But it doesn't end there. What happens when you take this to the limit? What happens if you record data super fast? What if in 1 human second you take in 1,000,000,000 pieces of information? What if you take in infinite pieces of information? Does time actually stop at that point? What if you take in every possible piece of information all within a second? What if you take it all in in less than a second? Let me ask that again, what if you take infinite iterations of change (time) and don't need to play it back the way humans do to understand it? Or maybe you are able to synthesize the data (time) much more differently and efficiently than humans.

It really makes you wonder... at least it does me. It just goes to show how biased and subjective we are when making claims on reality and time. I really think there is a lot more to time "than meets the eye".

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Kyle Z. : There are 3 distinguishing

There are 3 distinguishing characteristics of the material world: time, space, and matter.
As you say, time can be split into infinite moments.

Now look at space. Today, cameras are becoming better and better at capturing real live matter, as their colours become richer and their pixels increase.
I am awed at how many pixels our eyes can take in and we can sense. Looking with our eyes, there are no blemishes in any image we see, it is truly complete. It is infinite pixels.

What an amazing camera we have: our eyes.

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