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What time is it really?

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Does anyone know the real time on the planet? All countries have different times zones, but is there one specific time right now, and all the other clocks are either in front of it or behind it. Thanks. :D
 

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No. All times are relative it's only a convention that the world is split into time zones. It was only Britain's imperial might that defined Greenwich as being the divide between East and West.

There was an attempt by the French during the French Revolution to set up a rival dividing line through Paris but they also wanted to decimalise it and that scuppered its chances.

As an aside, and related to the question, they also tried to decimalise the calendar. They still retained 12 months but divided them into 30 days and made the equivalent of the week 10 days long, giving 3 "weeks" to each "month".
 

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Most countries acknowledge GMT as the standard (even us when in BST).
However, EST, central time, etc seems to prevail to the exclusion of all else over 'there'




L.:)
 

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There is no time, al least not one that is exact

When did the time start ? (and why ?)

It was invented by some slave owner, just to make it sure that everybody was working at least 10 hours/day (still the same)

But, as I said, there is no time at all. Someone invented a second but a second is longer when U travel fast (and when U are bored)

So, no time:-rofl2
 

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It was the coming of the railways that lead to the need to standardise time. Western Cornwall is about 15 minutes behind London, which would have played havoc with the timetables, so Railway Time (based on London of course) was introduced to standardise the timetables.
 

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Western Cornwall time.

I like that lots, may well have to set my watch to that just so I can explain.

Nice one AS.:D



L.:)
 

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time really doesn't exist, it's something artificial created by mankind to keep track of things, amoung other things as distance or quantity.
nature does not keep track of time - things evolve in a pace which is relative to the speed by which that object is moving in space.
time started when mankind "invented" a method of tracking this evolution. Evolution itself has allways been there, it has no beginning or no end, it is an intimite part of nature itself.
 

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Who needs time anyway - I wander around in a happy little world of my own most of the time anyway :D

Occasionally it intersects with reality :p
 

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quote "Occasionally it intersects with reality "
Like when you are waiting for a roicket to launch a satellite, or when you have to be at the airport to catch a plane:-rofl2
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*sings loud* Taaaaaaahaaaaaim is on my side
 

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Park Royal said:
quote "Occasionally it intersects with reality "
Like when you are waiting for a roicket to launch a satellite, or when you have to be at the airport to catch a plane:-rofl2
Parky
As Adam says in Mythbusters

" I reject your reality and substitute my own" :D :D
 

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JTA said:
time really doesn't exist, it's something artificial created by mankind to keep track of things, amoung other things as distance or quantity.
Not sure really :confused. If you stole a banana from a monkey while his back was turned - would he notice it was gone?
Would he be able to tell you at what time you took it?
(Impressive on two counts, 1 - being able to tell the time, and 2 - being able to talk). Moderator material me thinks :-rofl2
 

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No moderate monkey would EVER turn his back to a banana :)

But if he did:-rofl2 I think he would look for it and then simply forgot that he had one.

So no monkey business with the time
 

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1. yes
2. he would'n care when you took it. he'll find you and he'll clobber you.
3. a monkey can't talk, but he can rip your arms off.
so better put that banana back before he notices you took it !
 

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The monkey spoke to me - but I did not understand him.
He probably also thinks that I have no understanding of the concept of time.
I gave the banana back.
 

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Of course, it should be noted that time does exist within the human body, and more importantly within the human brain.

IIRC, the human brain actually works on a 25 hour clock, and uses time indicators - clocks, watches, regular events - as 'zeitgeits' to self correct within the 24 hour system.*

* Or something like that.
 

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Salty25 said:
Of course, it should be noted that time does exist within the human body, and more importantly within the human brain.

IIRC, the human brain actually works on a 25 hour clock, and uses time indicators - clocks, watches, regular events - as 'zeitgeits' to self correct within the 24 hour system.*

* Or something like that.
I thought the body had a slower clock? A throwback to the time when the Earth rotated more quickly than nowadays.

Or so I seem to recall - could all be age induced false memories.
 

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I think now GMT is now regarded as UT, and on that note I'm running out of time on this thread! U-zzz
 

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Salty25 said:
Of course, it should be noted that time does exist within the human body, and more importantly within the human brain.

IIRC, the human brain actually works on a 25 hour clock, and uses time indicators - clocks, watches, regular events - as 'zeitgeits' to self correct within the 24 hour system.*

* Or something like that.
Sounds about right to me, I'm always running on 25 hour days.... :D
 

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Time depends on speed (if U use a clock that is)

The faster it goes the slower is the time until U reack the speed of light:) then there is no time (like I said earlier)

When U think U see a nice sunset then the sun was gone by 8 mins:eek: as the beams need some 8 mins to travel that far