Only a conscious observer can perceive the flow of time. A clock doesn't measure time's flow any more than a ruler measures distances between points. The question 'how fast does time flow' is nonsense- a second per second? There is no external, objective reference for this.
This link is one of the most astounding articles I have ever read. It's by Paul Davies, and appeared in the 2002 'Time' special edition of Scientific American. It introduced me to the idea of the block universe theory. I've bored others with this before, so I won't do it again unless provoked.
Nope. This thread makes not sense on a Monday either. :boom:
In a "Rainbow" Universe Time May Have No Beginning
Awad and his colleagues found two possible beginnings to the universe based on slightly different interpretations of the ramifications of rainbow gravity. In one scenario, if you retrace time backward, the universe gets denser and denser, approaching an infinite density but never quite reaching it. In the other picture the universe reaches an extremely high, but finite, density as you look back in time and then plateaus. In neither case is there a singularity—a point in time when the universe is infinitely dense—or in other words, a big bang. "This was, of course, an interesting result, because in most cosmological models, we have singularities," Awad says. The result suggests perhaps the universe had no beginning at all, and that time can be traced back infinitely far.
Ursprung Paradoxon Simpsons Universe - YouTube
Excuse the poor quality... but... what if the Simpsons got it right?
Of course all of these figures and stats are only in relation to the Observable Universe (100Bn Galaxies etc...) when we take into account that this is just a tiny part of the actual universe (best guess so far is anywhere from 250 x bigger to infinitely bigger (big margin of error there)) it seems rather hard to belive that we're the only life (intelligent or otherwise) We might well be the only life in our observable section of the universe (although I doubt it) but the odds of there being life must surely fall dramatically if what we can currently observer is less than 1% of everything that is actually out there right now.