#1168… “Zeno’s Best Paradox” [SCI, relig, etc]


   Before we start, let’s just say, “Regardless of what you come to think about ‘time,’ and its elasticity or its loss of ‘rigidity,’ remember 2 things:


(1)  Einstein and others have puzzled over this for 2500 years, and

(2)  There’s always sequence, change, and “before-and-after.¹”


Consider Zeno’s  “An Arrow in Flight²”


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      Picture an arrow fired from a bow. Obviously, at any given instant in time the arrow must be somewhere and nowhere else. It is no longer where it used to be, and it is not yet at its next possible point in its flight. In other words, at every instant there is no motion because the arrow is exclusively at one precise position and thus at “rest.”

   At each moment we are at the edge of the paradox known as “The Arrow,” first described 2500 years go by Zeno of Elea.

   Since nothing can be in two places at once³, he reasoned that an arrow is in only one location during any given instant of its flight.

   But if it is in only one place, it must momentarily be at rest. The arrow must then be somewhere, at some specific location, at every moment in its trajectory.

   Logically, then, motion per se is not really occurring.

   Rather, it is a series of separate events.

   The forward motion of time–which is the movement of the arrow is an embodiment–not a feature of the external world but a projection of something within us, as we tie together things we are observing.

   By this reasoning, time is not an absolute reality but a feature of our minds.


   What do you think?


  ¹ Informally asserted by A Dozen Seconds.

  ² From Robert Lanza’s Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death  (Benbella Books, 2016 [Lanza, this is, with Bob Berman.] We’ve fiddled with nearly directly quoting from Ch. 4, adding boldface and color.

  ³ Challenged by the rather simple “2-slit experiments” of quantum physics.



Author: John Knapp