Let’s start with a basic assumption: Time is made up of an infinite number of moments.
You can break a day into hours, hours into minutes, minutes into seconds, and so on. So if you go keep going, you’ll eventually get singular moments—tiny little slivers of time. And time as we know it is just all those little slivers arranged one after another. It’s like Legos, except it’s made out of time instead of physical blocks.
That’s a common way of thinking about time. But way back around 490 BC, a philosopher named Zeno said it led to a paradox—a way of thinking about time that contradicts itself.[Read more…]