The Origins and Implications of Time
Who am I? Where did I come from? These questions are fundamental, yet any answer
to them consistently invites controversy. In Origins: Contested Identities, we approached the issue
from various perspectives and disciplines ranging from anthropology to philosophy. As we learned, the quest for beginnings is far from over; this seemingly simple question is adroit, consistently evading a definitive solution. Moreover, it is inseparably entwined with other, more difficult, inquiries. In defining origins as an event that occurred in the past, as a point in time prior to the present, the question of “What is time?” ultimately arises.
What is the nature of time? Does it have a beginning? Does it have an end? Is it infinite or limited? Absolute or relative? How and why do we perceive it? These questions have long puzzled philosophers and scientists alike. Yet, in our daily lives we take time for granted, hardly ever considering its implications or processes. In terms of origins, the relevant question is then, “How does time contribute to the construction of our own identity?” Before delving into this subject, however, it is first important to observe how we define time, both in the past and at the present. Then, and only then, can we begin to consider how time defines us.
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