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If Time Is Relative...

If time is relative what does it mean to say the Big Bang occurred 13.7 billion years ago? Relative to who?
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Originally Posted by leftrightleftrightleft View Post
If time is relative what does it mean to say the Big Bang occurred 13.7 billion years ago? Relative to who?
Relative to us, the observer.
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Originally Posted by leftrightleftrightleft View Post
If time is relative what does it mean to say the Big Bang occurred 13.7 billion years ago? Relative to who?
Excellent questions and point.

Time is not a physical material object, but rather the a priori form of our intuition.

"Time is not something which subsists of itself, or which inheres in things as an objective determination..." -- Immanuel Kant, natural philosopher, 1781

"If we...consequently take objects as they are in themselves, then time is nothing." -- Immanuel Kant, natural philosopher, 1781

The reason why Big Bangers say there was a magic bang 13.7 billion years ago is because Big Bangers have declared war on observation and the scientific method and fooled the ignorant public into believing they have magic time machines, crystal balls, and scrying bowls.

There was no Big Bang: http://bigbangneverhappened.org/
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to earth years, the distance it takes for the Earth to make a complete 1 orbit around the sun. Is that not obvious?
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Answer 1 (complex):

Theory of relativity and quantum mechanics evidenced that space-time and matter-energy - two sides of one coin.

Time - is internal phenomenon with respect of the Universe. It is -quality of the universe.

So, talk about "emergence" of the Universe is unlawful. Similarly, talk about "emergence" of time is unlawful. Time and the Universe did not appear. They were ALWAYS (12 or 14 billion years).
A thing can appear only if a thing was not.

And "when" and "was" determined only over time. That is, within the universe.

(When was the time when there was no time?)

Similarly, the absurd question, "what came before big-bang?", or (quote) "Relative to who?".
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Answer 2 (easy): relative to your hours. =)
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Time and space are relative to here and now. Here and now is the zero point. The past is expanding, but it is all we are capable of perceiving in the normal course of things. Mystics can experience the here and now and realize in some fashion that the universe is all one thing, and all that we perceive is the illusion of separateness.

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Time and space are relative to here and now. Here and now is the zero point. The past is expanding, but it is all we are capable of perceiving in the normal course of things. Mystics can experience the here and now and realize in some fashion that the universe is all one thing, and all that we perceive is the illusion of separateness.

I don't think that's the kind of "relativity" the OP was asking about
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I don't think that's the kind of "relativity" the OP was asking about.
But one observer may see two events as separated by space but simultaneous in time, another, from a different viewpoint will see those two events as occurring at different times at the same spatial location. And that is the spacetime relativity that is under discussion.

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to earth years, the distance it takes for the Earth to make a complete 1 orbit around the sun. Is that not obvious?
According to mainstream scientists and chronologists, based on uranium-lead series radiometric dating of moon rocks the Earth is only 4.6 billion years old therefore years did not exist before that because the Earth wasn't orbiting the Sun.

Furthermore the earth has not always been on it's present orbit so 13.7 billion years ago is a meaningless statement.
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