Does time pass uniformly? Science says no. Newton spoke about time moving “equalably” meaning that he thought time proceeded with uniformity across the universe. Einstein posited that time was relative to speed of movement. I think that we only have “time” because the universe is in motion. This part of the discussion could take up many blog pages by itself.

My “big question” to ponder for today concerns the apparent lengthening of lifespan versus the possibility that the Earth is moving faster. Let me expand on this idea. In 1900 the average lifespan of an American was about 50 years. Today it is nearly 80 in the US and over 80 in Canada. If we grant that medicine has lowered the death rate for infants and children due to infectious disease and factor that into the equation, is it still possible that we are actually not living longer? Is it possible that we just think we are because the Earth is circuiting the Sun more quickly and rotating more quickly than before?

What if biological entities, like mankind, on the Earth are experiencing the same amount of lifetime (experiential time), but days and nights (rotation of the Earth) and years (Earth’s circumnavigation of the Sun or revolution) are going faster than before. Is this possible? What happens if, for some astrophysical reason, the Earth starts rotating and revolving ever faster? Will we continue to think we are living a lot longer but getting far less done? That is what I am pondering today.

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