Time is the measurement of the passage of events. However, it is broken into earthly segments based on the rotation of the earth and the earth's rotation around the sun. Would this be considered an objective means to measure time?
Is there even an objective way to measure time?
I am writing a science fiction novel set in an objectivist, human society and came across this thought in my brainstorming. I was curious of all of your thoughts.
Time is a measurement of motion, a kind of relationship. The unit one picks to perform the measurement can be any instance of the cateogory, and it will be objective for exactly that reason: the unit can be quantitatively related to other instances in the category. (Consider the analogy of being able to objectively use anything having length to measure lengths, like using a hand to measure a horse's height.)
Of course, the real trick is to make the unit of measurement not just objective (because any instance will do for that), but actually useful. For whom? For us! Okay, then we can see why the primary unit for whatever you are measuring will need to be something on a human scale, with other units of measurement for the same thing being derivative and related to that. So an objective, human unit of time measurement will involve motions on a scale accessible to us and our senses. A day is one great place to start, from which you can range up and down.
answered Jun 13 '11 at 00:40
Greg Perkins ♦♦