What Is Time?

You have probably seen the Heroes ads in which character Hiro Nakamura causes time to stop. Of course, time doesn't really stop. Movement stops. Time moves on. Mind bending enough?

It seems my e-mail last night struck a bit of a chord. I heard from you, and you want to know how you should think about time. Before we get to that (and don't worry, we'll get there!), why don't you tell me what you think about it? How do you think about time today, and how do you think you should think about time?

Time is a truly unique phenomenon. There is nothing else like it. We can't even imagine existance without it. For example, how does music sound without time?

Let me see if I can come up with some big-word descriptions of time...

Time is inviolate.

Time is impartial.

Time is invariable.

Time is inexorable.

In all of these, time is unique. There is nothing else like it.

Interesting, isn't it?

As a result, many of the words we use to describe time are inadequate. They just don't do what we need them to do. Words fail us.

Of course, even if we can't communicate it in words, we can't really picture it, either.

All of these characteristics make it difficult to figure out how to handle time. Many people just give up.

But not YOU.

You are going to figure out how to make time a tool. Right?

Let's go!

Stephen Sven Hultquist

PS It's coming. Get ready to comment on what you'd like to see in the next product. In the meantime, be sure to pick up a copy of the book if you haven't: http://infinitesummit.com/book.html. I even updated that page for you.