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Wednesday, November 23, 2005 

Time
Topic: Philosophy

While the debate over the nature of time will no doubt rage on despite any of my mutterings, I thought that this line of thinking might be a feasible rabbit trail to follow.

What if we dispensed with a modern, reductionistic, Darwinian-linear-evolutionary time paradigmes, and instead strained to conceive of time as "unfolding." Think less timeline, and more 'big bang' as the universe unfolds over itself, with distance inherently creating past (and consequently, future). On this view, kairos takes on less of the "tick-tock-tick-tock" of the mechanical stopwatch, and more of the spread of the glacier across the grinding tectonic plates. However, even this does not seem to do justice. Perhaps this is because too much of our thinking has been performed lacking sufficient dimensions to encapsulate all that is necessary for conceiving of time.

Upon thinking of time this way, it seems that there would be more relationality within time, without falling prey to the circular malarky forced on us by the East. In this sense, instead of thinking of time only linearly, time also has depth. However, kairos is staggered. This prevents the linear from merely moving from horizontal to vertical. The march still proceeds outward, but also upward, giving opportunity to see matrices across millenia while retaining distinction.

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