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ON THE ILLUSION OF TIME

by Martinus
“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion” (Albert Einstein) If time does not exist, there is only now and now and now, and all these instants create the illusion of time, just like the succeeding images of a film can create the illusion of movement. Not one single image of a film contains movement, not one single moment contains time. In the short film “Ferment” by Tim MacMillan, the pioneer of Timeslice Film, a Now is explored through a city. Watch it here: http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_date/1999_2001/ferment Still from “Gödel”… Read more

“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion”
(Albert Einstein)

If time does not exist, there is only now and now and now, and all these instants create the illusion of time, just like the succeeding images of a film can create the illusion of movement. Not one single image of a film contains movement, not one single moment contains time.

In the short film “Ferment” by Tim MacMillan, the pioneer of Timeslice Film, a Now is explored through a city.

Watch it here: http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_date/1999_2001/ferment

Still from “Gödel” (Igor Kramer, 2007):

Watch it here: http://vimeo.com/7091945

In the Czech comedy “Happy End” the moments in the life of a condemned murderer are reversed.

A list of films that explore in some way the strange and possibly illusionary nature of time.

Recommended book: “The End of Time” by Julian Barbour.

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