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 continuum*.

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!

/Finno

* 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

4 Comments

  • Finno,

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

    Ed

  • 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?

    /Finno

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