Thank 'God' we're not the center of the universe; we would all be dead!

Religion wants wo/​man to believe that s/​he is the center of creation and the center of the universe.

Thankfully, this is completely wrong!

Wrong, because we know now with the help of scien­tific progress since Galileo Galilei, that the universe is vast, expand­ing and we are not at its center.

Thankfully, because of the effects of the space-time contin­uüm*.

Einsteins special theory of rela­tiv­ity tells us that as we approach the speed of light, time slows down. When we move through space at the speed of light, time stands still. Then the oppo­site must also be true: When we are absolutely still, we move through time at the speed of light.

The rela­tion­ship between time and space works like this: If we drive a car straight north at 100 km/​h it also means that we do not move a centime­ter east or west. And if we drive the car straight west at 100 km/​h, we do not move a centime­ter north or south. In both these cases it’s either or.

But lets say we drive at 100 km/​h west and then slowly starts turn­ing right (north): As we lose speed west­ward, we gain speed north­ward. If we turn left again, our speed west­ward increases while our speed north­ward decreases.

This corre­la­tion between west and north is the same corre­la­tion that exist between time and space: As our move­ment in space speeds up, time slows down, and as our move­ment in space slows down, time speeds up. So we either move through space at the speed of light or we move through time at the speed of light, or some­where in between most likely (Thanks Mr. Green).

But when we sit on our asses doing noth­ing, we don’t race through time at the speed of light, do we?

Most people would even say that sitting still doing noth­ing makes time feel sloooow.

The answer is no, because we are not the center of the universe: We live on a spin­ning planet, circling a star that’s part of a spin­ning galaxy that moves through space at incred­i­ble speed. So although we sit still, we do move through space — and this slows down [and gives us] time! (Also, the general theory of rela­tiv­ity which includes grav­ity, concludes that grav­ity itself slows down time.)

But this should mean that a space­ship approach­ing the absolute center of the universe—where the Big Bang took place—would be a danger­ous place to be: No move­ment means no time, life over in a blink…*

So thank good­ness we are not the center of the universe!


* I may be wrong here: people being born at the center of the universe, would expe­ri­ence their lives as we do, but to us it would seem that their lives were over in a blink, accord­ing to the theory. But the theory also indi­cates time as a direct conse­quence of move­ment or not through space, so a theo­ret­i­cal center of the universe should be still, and time there­fore move at the speed of light. Gravity also effects time: If the center of the universe is a black hole, this would stop time. A black hole at stand­still: Kind of like putting a humid­i­fier and a de-humid­i­fier into the same room and let them fight it out


  • Finno,

    No move­ment, no time. Or, if you wish, with no move­ment (absolute zero) the speed of time is infi­nite.


  • Finno,

    Sergio is right about his point — you are assum­ing that there is a singu­lar­ity at the origin of the universe (the “where” of the big bang), but there is no reason to assume this — the big bang was a singu­lar­ity in itself and as such, would have no persis­tence.

    More impor­tantly, while the human ego places us at the “center of the universe” because we see every­thing from an unchang­ing point of view (ourselves) so it seems to rotate around us, real reli­gious faith doesn’t do this — it places God at the center of the universe or more accu­rately, it says that God, and there­fore the universe are infi­nite and have no center.

    Finally, with regard to still­ness — you’ve Einsteinized (and to good effect) what all the medi­ta­tive disci­plines have said — that when “we” are still — not in the sense of phys­i­cally still because, as Sergio points out, that’s not possi­ble given we’re on a moving planet, but in the sense of exis­ten­tially or onto­log­i­cally still — “just being” — we move in time and not space and all sorts of things that look mysti­cal in a newton­ian world start to happen — these things are perfectly under­stand­able in a quan­tum world and are acces­si­ble when we approach zero move­ment in the phys­i­cal world and there­fore maxi­mum veloc­ity in the ener­getic world. Remember, Einstein showed that energy and matter are not differ­ent — they are differ­ent levels of the same thing and like your North and West anal­ogy, as we increase our veloc­ity in one we decrease it in the other and vice versa.

  • Sergio Nevel wrote:

    Your last state­ment is true but also makes our posi­tion in the universe irrel­e­vant since our expe­ri­ence would be the same regard­less of the speed at which our planet trav­els.

  • Hi Sergio,
    I actu­ally wrote Ed to have him proof­read this…

    Luckily, this site is about my “some­times bizarre ideas”, so I think I’m covered that way 😉

    But will time race at the speed of light when there is absolutely no move­ment?


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