And if I wanted to be really nit picky, did planets not rotate and therefore time not exist in other solar systems, before the creation of our own?
alas, time is but a fleeting concept concocted during mankind's feeble attempt of existence. If humans have only been around for a short time in the earths life, and the concept of time is mans invention, have not humans been around since the beginning of time? What is invention? Are other things strictly subjective to man? Mathematics, science, writing, literature, all these things that we use to describe the workd around us, are they only applicable to the domain of man? Did these methods of description apply before us and will they apply after us?
How can you actually tell time has passed?
if you were locked in a windowless room, how would you be able to tell?
Interesting points Conway, I will only tackle a few for now.
The concept of time itself (if it is a concept) is based on things passing, not the other way around. Time not passing while you experience reality (are living and breathing) goes against the fundamental concept of time.How can you actually tell time has passed?
there's no clock and your fingernails and hair growth has been stunted with a special chemical formulated by the obama administration to rally support for the new healthcare overhaul.
My point is, for that whole 6 billion years, time was passing regardless of whether it had been invented, regardless of whether man was there to watch it pass. If the events through which we measure time took place, then time took place.