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Time is an illusion - Albert Einstein



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Larry

Hello there Mr. Keller today, short and sweet. Albert Einstein said, time is an illusion. Have you ever gone to on vacation and then come home and wet like, wow, for instance, we went to a tiny little island off of Italy, called Ischia. We're flying flying home from that vacation, I was like those people in Ischia are going to live their lives. While I fly to San Francisco, and live my life. Have you ever thought like, Wow, those people, or I just we're gonna continue on doing their thing while I go to wherever I am continuing to do my thing.


Andrew

I think about it most. When I'm driving on a road trip, and I'm going on the highway, and I'm looking at cars going the other direction, I'm like, they're, they got something completely different going on, I don't think that's really timing is an illusion. But that thought of I'm leaving a vacation spot, I don't really think about where I'm leaving, I think it's crazy to think about, I look, I can just pick one car going the other direction. And they have thousands and millions of other problems. And they have a whole different world. Because in my eyes, the world is centered around me. And their eyes, the world is centered around them. And I remember thinking that for the first time as a kid driving back from Louisiana to visit my grandparents. And I was like, what


Larry

it's like, just it's endless? Well, so I mean, that's kind of essentially what the theory of relativity says is that time is based on wherever you are.


Andrew

Yeah, I mean, it is. But then there's also the expansion of like flexing your mental muscle and be like, oh, but this is true for everyone, all at the same time, all at the same time. I think, to me, this read more is well talking about traveling, or flying somewhere, but how sometimes it feels like it's forever. Also, when you're a little kid, it felt like going somewhere or waiting for something took forever. And now it feels like things maybe go a little bit faster. It's a time is your perception of it.


Larry

It's definitely very relative. Like if you're on a vacation, it seems like wow, how did I just sit my ties for six days and it's over? As opposed to if I'm in a Singapore jail? I'm assuming that's going to take a long time.


Andrew

Yeah, time also can feel weird if there's a pause, like that was a two or three second pause and felt extremely uncomfortable. But if you try to have two seconds in your normal life, that's not gonna feel like anything. So you're like, Damn you, Andrew.


Larry

Have you ever gotten lost with time like been on a backpacking trip or on a vacation where you had no idea what time it was, or day or relative to? Anything around you?


Andrew

Yeah, I went on a seven day camp backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountain National Park, early 2000s. And we had no idea what I mean, you have an idea of time of day, but that was one time where I'm like, there could be a world war going on right now. And I would have no idea. And that's kind of a fun thing to do. Because now I am always aware of the time what's going on. Nicole doesn't even look at her watch anymore. If I haven't checked my watch or phone in a couple hours, she can ask me and I'll know within 15 minutes.


Larry

I know. And that's kind of the bummer about my life is it's very predicated on time, like I have a very first report that I have to get up for. And then they come at me all in a very periodic thing. And then after work I have to be to pick up the kids at a very specific time. And then they want dinner at a very specific time. Like I feel like I'm completely locked into time. And I'm wondering if I went on a camping trip for 10 days. Could my body or brain allow me to not know what time it is?


Andrew

I mean, I guess at a certain amount of time, it would like people are so adaptable that we think the Coronavirus is the new normal right now we've adapted to it. If you change for three or four days, that would be your new normal and adapt to it. I'm curious if you had more of like if you worked for an ad agency and you were a creative, if that would be easier or harder for you because I know people that work in that industry and their project managers and they their sole job is managing these people's time and making them hit deadlines and the creatives do whatever they want. I could see you being good at that


Larry

one like and you're saying like they're charging by the hour. So they got to they got to keep track of their time. It's kind of


Andrew

Yeah, yeah, there's that too. I also saw this and I wondered if when you have somewhere To be like a party or whatever, and you are 20 minutes late and Karen's like, Oh, it's fine. Does she walk in and say, I'm not late, it's just an illusion.


Larry

She should start saying that,


Andrew

that would be a good move, she could also start wearing a cape.


Larry

Um, I would just like to wrap up by saying this about Albert Einstein, he truly believed time is an illusion. There's four dimensions he kind of talked about. And if you go into this giant rabbit hole, the past, the present, and the future are all happening at the same time in four dimensions. It's kind of explained like this, they can see that the universe is expanding. I don't know if they can actually physically see it, but they know that the universe is physically expanding. And so what they're seeing is the Big Bang, they're seeing the past, which means they're seeing the future in the present. So it is kind of essentially time is I know, it sounds crazy, but it's a construct of our brains to just make sense of it all.


Andrew

Yeah, I guess to wrap up for me. Remember, time is limited, like we get upset and deal with like minutiae. But like take a step back and think more macro like that, that the universe is expanding. And what you're doing right now is a very small blip in it. So make the best of it.


Larry

Or you could just shop like my wife and not care.


Andrew

I am I'm jealous. He said, I make fun of it, but I'm jealous of it. I I've, I've specifically been said I am going to be purposely half an hour late to this party. I am going to purposely be late. And I do it and I'm on time with that. But I'm still the first person at the party pretty much every time.


Larry

I love that you can't do it.


Andrew

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