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Philosophy of Time

The nature of time has had extensive attention in part down through the ages, such as Plato, St. Augustine, Pascal, Leonardo, Newton etc. For example, Newton considered time to flow uniformly, as if it were a separate manifold (1-surface) from the 3-surface of his mechanics described universe.

‘Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to anything external…’  Newton’s Principia

For a 3-manifold, this would give a product space description M^3 x M^1, the simplest fiber bundle description. Hence such description would be universal; that is the same common time for throughout the universe. Subsequently, the relativistic model refers to time as the interval between events, wherein clocks are associated with respective observers. However an event such as the Big Bang, and concomitant Big Expansion of our manifold (i.e. 3-surface), does not have such a General Relativistic Theory description; nor is ‘initial’ 3-expansion (i.e. Hubble expansion, Hubble parameter) of our 3-volume limited by velocity of light, as in Special Relativity. Hence the possibility of further modeling in regards to how our 3-space and contents evolves.

Might there be another common time description as to how our 3-volume evolves? Just as Gauss described curvature of a surface intrinsic to such 2-surface, and Riemann described curvature of a 3-surface as intrinsic to such 3-surface, might not one analogously describe time as intrinsic to our 3-surface?

Could the non-linear Hubble expansion be utilized as such common time description for our 3-surface, and perhaps for a set of such 3-surfaces (i.e. 3-volumes, 3-manifolds); that is for the, misnomer ‘multiple universes’? Universe, denotes all inclusiveness, rather than multi-universe which implies a set of such all inclusiveness. Hence better to refer to a set of 3-volumes  i.e. 3-manifolds. Also non-linearity to Hubble expansion might even be always of an exponential nature, and may be just a specific example of the more general case: all explosiveness is of an exponential nature.

So do all locations of our 3-volume, and for a possible set of 3-volumes, share the same common time i.e. cosmic time? That is, perceiving the same Big Bang ~13.8 billion years ago; and thus the same ~2.7 degree kelvin temperature of cosmic background radiation?

Also for a set of 3-volumes, contained in an array of planes, spherically symmetrical about a modified central force,  might one also have a concomitant common cosmic time description intrinsic to the System i.e. array of planes consisting of 3-volumes? That is, might one utilize the construct of a spherical shell through the respective centers of all 3-volumes, denoting such common cosmic time for all 3-manifolds? This might be referred to as Modified Global Simultaneity (MGS) construct. Such set of successive MGSs would be matched to the integers; hence having positive definite separation. And such set of MGSs could be rendered as always exponentially changing; part of an exponential curve. Likewise for the changing rate of Hubble expansion, intrinsic to each and all 3-volumes.

Thus in such modeling, one would have two concomitant descriptions of an overall common cosmic time; the Hubble Expansion, intrinsic to 3-volume, and MGS, intrinsic to the System.

Further elaboration

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Reply to Tm Malm
Interesting reflections, Tm. Not as many folks write about time as some of the other topics. Am I correct in saying you want to define some kind of common temporal reference frame wherein time is an intrinsic property of space? Contemporary physics has all but done away with space and time as independent variables, considering spacetime to be a 4-Dimensional construct treating time as if it were a 4th spatial dimension in an Eternalist framework. I prefer to say that time passes because energy becomes rest matter at a finite rate. Things (substances) endure over time or through the passage of time. Time is not a substance or an intrinsic property of a substance in this view.

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Reply to Tm Malm
Thus in such modeling, would one have two concomitant renditions of an overall common cosmic time; the Hubble Expansion, intrinsic to changing 3-volume, and MGS, intrinsic to an evolving dynamic System, described as an analytical engine, consisting of an entangled array of manifolds, endlessly evolving? 

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Reply to Tm Malm
I think that seeking for a common time as a kind of extended object is like looking for a Philosophical Stone. If anything, time is a set of relations among objects and their states in space in a similar way as traffic is a set of relations among cars and their states and roads. Needless to say there is no such thing like traffic on its own, but most people believe time exists as an agent facilitating change without regards why and what is changing, and why sometimes is not changing at all. 

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Academic Paper: Philosophy of Time and the film Arrival

Kent Palmer