# Is There A Universal Now?

Here is a puzzle in a couple of physics statements

Nothing happens instantly. OK take that as a given
Why take that as a given?

Can you disprove the claim that some things happen instantly?
When a photon is created how long does it take to get up to light speed?

Oh that happens instantly
Yes, because photons have zero rest mass.
Time does not exist for a photon A given?
Photons don't have opinions.
what is it doing for the approximately 8 minutes after it left the sun before it arrived on Earth?
Travelling towards the Earth at the speed of light, like origin said.
It is said due to the expansion of the Universe there will come a time when galaxies and stars will be so far away we won't be able to see them
Yes.
Lights will still be coming from them towards us but with the extra distance will come extra obstacles for the light to overcome
The main problem is that space will be expanding faster than the light can travel through it. Obstacles are a separate issue.
Interstellar dust to absorb the photons and, not sure about this, the (visible) light frequencies will stretch out and become a electromagnetic radiation frequency outside of visible detection
The "stretching out" is a cosmological red shift. We already see that in the cosmic microwave background radiation and also in the red shifting of light from distant galaxies.
Was told that years ago by a physicist who was on a radio program where you phoned in with your question
Time does not exist for a photon So why is it frequently heard? And published
That kind of response is common but not quite right. It tries to extrapolate from what you would see if you travelled at a speed very close to the speed of light to what would happen at the speed of light. But the associated maths breaks down at the speed of light, so that step that goes from 99.999999% of the speed of light to 100% of the speed of light is not truly applicable.

Basically, a lot of physicists sort of fudge this when they're trying to communicate this science in popular forums. To understand why you can't really make the intuitive leap that is being made in the pop-science description requires that you actually study relativity, with the maths.
Photons do not experience time.

Photons don't experience.

When we say something is relative, we mean it is an observer-dependent thing. Observers in different frames of reference will measure different values for the same quantity.
I keep telling you that introducing an observer does not address the question. You just refuse to look !

I keep telling you that introducing an observer does not address the question.
Do you mean the question of "Is there a universal now?"

You have given me no reason to believe that there is such a thing, so far. I'm willing to look at any argument you can bring in support of your claim. But so far, the only ones you have brought all implicitly take the point of view of some observer or other - i.e. you assume a frame of reference, even without realising that's what you're doing.

I've tried to teach you something about relativity and what that theory has to say about time. Aren't you interested in what the science says? If you aren't, then why are you posting in the "Physics and Math" subforum? Take it to Philosophy, maybe.

Time does not exist for a photon So why is it frequently heard? And published

Photons do not experience time.

https://phys.org/news/2014-05-does-light-experience-time.amp

It's one of those "if" scenarios. IF light was conscious, then it supposdedly wouldn't internally experience change. Albeit externally, EM waves are travelling distances, oscillating, etc to a receiver of information (like a human) that can produce perceptual representations from the latter and infer abstract affairs.

Even if a photon did manifest to itself as something (a primitive experience), there's no way to probe or test for that. As well as no science for explaining such phenomenal (intrinsic) properties, mapping them to the extrinsic characteristics of matter that physics deals with, and having a system for predicting what specific nature that the "manifesting" would assume with respect to a gamut of different circumstances/relationships.

The photon would also lack the complexity of a memory-based cognitive apparatus for verifying even to itself that it was appearing or feeling as _X_ qualitative property. So still equivalent to the "not even nothingness" of death or non-consciousness, despite a "somethingness" being present (in this purely hypothetical or speculative context).

Please don't post nonsensical pseudoscience to our Science sections.
is there a universal now? YES. exactingly........ the bane and the blessing of advanced life forms is instantaneity. Nature imposes the time variable in distance, so the clossest we will ever get to the Now of the universe is the capacity of our transportation devices. FTL is only a beginning? As for the Natural, Now is everywhere Now.

is there a universal now? YES. exactingly........ the bane and the blessing of advanced life forms is instantaneity. Nature imposes the time variable in distance, so the clossest we will ever get to the Now of the universe is the capacity of our transportation devices. FTL is only a beginning? As for the Natural, Now is everywhere Now.
Gee, thanks for clearing that up for everyone.

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Moderator note: JJM has been warned for posting nonsense to the Science forums, again.

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Did any of them tell you to fuk urself? Any time you ready, address me directly... f-ing unt...

BdS:

Like I said, they managed to get themselves permanently banned, so I haven't heard from them.

It sounds like you're a bit upset. Maybe you should back off with the foul language.

Do you have some kind of complaint or issue you'd like to discuss?

Please do not post pseudoscience in our Science sections.
I believe Andromeda only experienced the same universal now that we experienced for only one single instance. You could think of our galaxy as its own Holographic Universe, with every moment already occurred from its central supermassive black holes frame of reference. Then in about a thousand years, someone turns on a Time Machine tasked with recreating the entire evolution of the planet Earth all throughout time at once. It then branches off into another galaxy in a four dimensional quilted multiverse, spawning another galaxy.

This occurred multiple times, until it created a more massive galaxy heading towards us at a little over a third of the speed of light. It will crash into us in about four and a half billion years, utterly destroying all forms of intelligent life.