As a retired teacher who has fled the US and is now living in Spain, and as someone who has until now eschewed most forms of social media, I am belatedly beginning to create an online presence.
To that end, I am using this WordPress website to archive some of my miscellaneous non-academic writing. I hope that some of my friends and former colleagues may enjoy this collection, which consists mainly of political editorials, light-weight essays, and silly poems. I also post here the latest version of my US History textbook, Key Moments in American History.
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2 thoughts on “A Poem: Time Does Stops for No One”
Is time real, like particle or wave that is observable. Or nothing more than a human construct (like a coo-coo clock) to measure change?
Hi Ernie! My poem was inspired by reading Sean Carroll’s wonderful The Big Picture (2016). As it turns out, time is neither like a particle or wave nor a human construct. It is an emergent feature of the particular quantum universe in which we live, with time’s arrow being a feature of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. As far as our universe is concerned, there was no time before the Big Bang, and there will be no time after all energy is dispersed as widely as possible.
(Sorry that I don’t know how to use this WordPress format to put a space between the two sentences in this poem!)