Does time exist? - Andrew Zimmerman Jones

  • Published: 23 October 2018
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    The earliest time measurements were observations of cycles of the natural world, using patterns of changes from day to night and season to season to build calendars. More precise time-keeping eventually came along to put time in more convenient boxes. But what exactly are we measuring? Andrew Zimmerman Jones contemplates whether time is something that physically exists or is just in our heads.

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Comments • 3 617

  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed   11 months back

    If time does exist, you'll probably want to read a brief history of it. Download a free audiobook version of Stephen Hawking's classic here:! Every free trial started with this link helps support TED-Ed's nonprofit mission.

    • Ben Choolin
      Ben Choolin  2 weeks back

      Should of added a smart watch would of been cool to see caveman to now

    • senani perera
      senani perera  2 weeks back

      hi.if u want to find the truth u have to study budhism.please dont think im joking .i can explain eveething.if u interest in contact me.i can guide u.please im looking for a reply

    • MNL48 Emperor
      MNL48 Emperor  1 months back

      Time is the metaphysical existence of existence yet not existing at all but at the same time has existed, will exist forever.

    • I am S.J
      I am S.J  3 months back

      I already read the book , so yeah!

  • Bleed Blue
    Bleed Blue  4 hours back

    Time is man made concept , it does not exist

    • Phil Oddy
      Phil Oddy  23 hours back

      • Maruchan Nuudle
        Maruchan Nuudle  1 days back

        As soon as he said "arrow", i clicked on an arrow to move it on my ux design file

        • PassTekk
          PassTekk  2 days back

          Youtube at 3 am

          • Isaac Clarke
            Isaac Clarke  3 days back

            Time is a concept that describes the changes in the universe.
            No changes = no time.

            Time is not a place, it's chronology. Time can't "move" backwards as much as a stake can't uncook itself in an anti-oven.

            • James Lee
              James Lee  3 days back

              Existance is change, time is the measurement of that change, the change is in the part and the whole. Time is a measurement and perception based on perpetual compositions and decompositions of existance. Time doesn't really exist, change does. "Time is the measurement of all things" in change. All existance is moving.

              PS: The ALL (not just the universe) is probably infinite, not just as in never started and never ends but also infinitely "larger" and infinitely "smaller", we humans are used to thinking in terms of composition and decomposition though and we mistakenly see the decomposition as an "end" but it is only an end of a temporary composition.

              Ignore that backwards film analogy because god didnt make us in his image, we made god in our image, stop using inventions to understand what they are an imitation of.


              • A Nice Place To Live
                A Nice Place To Live  3 days back

                Time is a concept of measurement used to know when something happens or happened—Anthony or Me

                • Darren Nicholls
                  Darren Nicholls  4 days back

                  Awesome animation

                  • Raffy KaZutoo
                    Raffy KaZutoo  6 days back

                    Time its just made by clock seller to sell more clock

                    • Voyeger Kane
                      Voyeger Kane  6 days back

                      Ooooooo new 3d animatoin

                      • Lucifer FallenAngel
                        Lucifer FallenAngel  7 days back

                        The song ‘Time’ by Pink Floyd explains the concept of time way better.
                        It has got real life applications you know...

                        • Barxxo
                          Barxxo  1 weeks back

                          we humans live in a 3 dimensional world generated by our brain based on the input of our very limited senses.
                          Quantum physics and relativity theory could teach us that thers a big difference between the world in our head and the reality.
                          We are made for moving, walking. We think in distances between places. therefore we come to the idea of time being just another dimension we move in.

                          • Samruddhi Deshmukh
                            Samruddhi Deshmukh  1 weeks back

                            Theory of relativity might be a bridge between science and pseudo-science.....
                            Such cute stuff though.....😁

                            • Super Saiyan
                              Super Saiyan  1 weeks back

                              No it’s just change in everything around us

                              • ravi tirkey
                                ravi tirkey  1 weeks back

                                The Animation is lit

                                • Arief Nugraha
                                  Arief Nugraha  1 weeks back

                                  The time no need us, but we need a time. To balancing about the life, we need a time

                                  • hades Cerberus
                                    hades Cerberus  1 weeks back

                                    Awesome video and I believe time doesn't exist itself but through perception and all of physics working to create it also space-time doesn't exist or darkmatter well atleast I don't like the terms used, since I believe their misleading.

                                    • Puskar Pandey
                                      Puskar Pandey  1 weeks back

                                      This video is also an illusion of images, not a video as whole

                                      • M.T.K
                                        M.T.K  1 weeks back

                                        Time = Measurement of Events (from Start to End) what is so complicated about this???

                                        • ezio auditore
                                          ezio auditore  1 weeks back

                                          So 'time' should be humanity's greatest invention.

                                          • Thomas Hirst
                                            Thomas Hirst  1 weeks back

                                            I don’t know a huge amount about this stuff but I believe that time doesn’t exist in the way we perceive it, I believe time is the measurement of changes in a system these being consequences of the interaction between energy and matter as opposed to being the measurement of an individual driving force playing out a series of pre determined or randomly constructed events or what ever it is scientist are trying to describe

                                            • Richard Voyer
                                              Richard Voyer  2 weeks back

                                              Time definitely exist or we wouldn't be able to count it . What doesn't exist , is a clock for the whole universe to go by ; although the universe does have an age 🤔

                                              That's my uneducated opinion 🤪

                                              • Richard Voyer
                                                Richard Voyer  2 weeks back

                                                Time is relevant and precious to us , because our time is so short and irrelevant compared to the oldest thing we know ; the unobservable universe .

                                                If that makes any sense at all 🤔🤪

                                                • Jay Walker
                                                  Jay Walker  2 weeks back

                                                  The second law of thermodynamics pretty much sums it up that evolution is a total impossibility!

                                                  • Jay Walker
                                                    Jay Walker  2 weeks back

                                                    @Richard Voyer I didn't say what it was.
                                                    I said what it definitely wasn't!

                                                  • Richard Voyer
                                                    Richard Voyer  2 weeks back

                                                    So are you saying , "then god did it" ? Or are you saying , "back to the drawing board" ?

                                                • Sal Agnello
                                                  Sal Agnello  2 weeks back

                                                  Great video, thanks for breaking down the concepts! Also, for anyone that is interested, there is an interesting show on time from Nova hosted by Brian Greene.

                                                  • Lord Phenix
                                                    Lord Phenix  2 weeks back

                                                    Time is an illusion!

                                                    • Vlad Tepes
                                                      Vlad Tepes  2 weeks back

                                                      huh? what you talking about?

                                                      • George Millak
                                                        George Millak  2 weeks back

                                                        Keeping track of time is only an important issue in a world of commerce and industry. It seems to wield a certain aspect of power.

                                                        • Ken Ken
                                                          Ken Ken  2 weeks back

                                                          Best animation frod Ted Ive seen.

                                                          • Charles Rablin
                                                            Charles Rablin  2 weeks back

                                                            Time no exist, we make new time every second and then it disappears so we have to make more.

                                                            • Amin Mirakhorli
                                                              Amin Mirakhorli  2 weeks back

                                                              Maybe this form of consciousness exists only moving forward in time with a certain speed.

                                                              • Manju Roy
                                                                Manju Roy  2 weeks back

                                                                I'm saying my mind will explode

                                                                • - UnbreakebleCow
                                                                  - UnbreakebleCow  2 weeks back

                                                                  Why no one is talking that Einstein was a socialist?

                                                                  • Fenil sunny
                                                                    Fenil sunny  2 weeks back

                                                                    Hats off....awesome animation....

                                                                    • Don Buff
                                                                      Don Buff  2 weeks back

                                                                      It took quite a few minutes to get through the video this time it says so there I suppose it does

                                                                      • Graham Bylmakers
                                                                        Graham Bylmakers  2 weeks back

                                                                        Time is a human concept that attempts to measure a continuum

                                                                        • wick
                                                                          wick  2 weeks back

                                                                          Who's listening? I enjoyed the animna

                                                                          • Lochinbek Abdukarimov
                                                                            Lochinbek Abdukarimov  2 weeks back

                                                                            We are between yesterday and tomorrow. The only time we have is today.

                                                                            • Directing Life 62
                                                                              Directing Life 62  2 weeks back

                                                                              Yes it is, because entropy are there.

                                                                              • Sigma Geranimo
                                                                                Sigma Geranimo  2 weeks back

                                                                                Time is invented by obese White Man with wierd mustache.

                                                                                • Sean Ferris
                                                                                  Sean Ferris  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Time is a manifestation of Infinity in the same way that Space is, and just as Space is 3 Dimensional, so is Time ( so that the Past , Present, and the Future all exist in the same single moment ). Our current thinking ( reckoning of Time ) is a Linear model of Time with the Past, Present, and Future, moving forward (and backwards) in a straight line. This linear model of time would make Time a 2 dimensional product and is both incorrect and too simplistic. Just as physical space has 3 Dimensions, so too Time is in the same way governed. Our transendence of our current limited thinking is needed to finish the good work we've only barely started to understand fully.

                                                                                  • Proud violent Libtard
                                                                                    Proud violent Libtard  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Time is the result of entropy.

                                                                                    • DSNCB919
                                                                                      DSNCB919  2 weeks back

                                                                                      This made my brain hurt

                                                                                      • sanju b
                                                                                        sanju b  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Time does not exist.....we count time in AM and PM for documentation purpose...otherwise world rotates revolves that's it.....where we were yesterday we are there after 1 year .. it's a loop....we are all 1 year old...bcos we reached back where it cheers....

                                                                                      • colin mccarthy
                                                                                        colin mccarthy  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Does time exist?Of course it exists.It goes back to the Big Bang.

                                                                                        • Chris Summers
                                                                                          Chris Summers  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions by which we live
                                                                                          Is it just in our heads?

                                                                                          Einstein - time doesn't always pass at the same rate

                                                                                          • RonLuas
                                                                                            RonLuas  2 weeks back

                                                                                            it doesnt