Time seems influenced by the physical as well. Extremely accurate atomic clocks, placed simultaneously at sea level and at orbital heights, where gravity and magnetism are weaker, have shown that those at a higher altitude actually record time passing faster.
In our experience thus far, these vagaries seem only minute, as minute as the temperature changes on a spring day or in the slightly shifting breeze in the dead of summer: an atomic clock records the passing of daily being faster higher up; an object falls slower at the equator.
But nature is subject to violent shifts: a summer breeze to a Santanna, a spring day to a sudden thunderstorm in which the changes are from one extreme to the opposite in the spectrum.
Is Time subject to the same storms? Being invisible, as is gravity and magnetism, how could we tell? What is the prelude to such a storm? How is its advent? What are its aftereffects? Would it affect nature? Would nature affect it?
Einstein proposed that gravity was a curvature of space around a massive object, such as a planet. This seemed substantiated when during an eclipse a noted astronomer detected a change in a star’s position opposite the sun, indicating that even light slows with gravity and therefore bends. The bending of light, which was thought to always follow a straight path, revealed something very invisible and powerful existed in the Universe— the bending of space itself.
Einstein’s theories seemed proven. Atomic clock tests seem to support the idea. Closer to the center of gravity, Time is recorded “passing slower.”
But what short of a massive planet hurling through space can bend space and with this the wavelengths within it? Even sun spots affect our weather on Earth, as do other solar forces. If force fields can affect weather, and shape and mass affect gravity, can forces come together to bend space briefly, locally? Can they affect Time. . . .somehow, somewhere, no matter for how brief a moment?
Light has revealed the pathway of so many visible and invisible worlds. We know how fast light travels here on Earth— 186,000 miles per second— struggling with our gravitational field. But how does it travel in intergalactic space free of the sun’s heliosphere? In how many ways and by how many paths does light come to us from other galaxies, fighting and bending, slowing and speeding with the force fields it encounters? A scientist named Ritz once did calculations based on the theory that light follows a Riemannian non-Euclidean geometry and that light from the farthest star would take only 17 years to get to Earth.
Can the Earth, with all its complexities, be but a microcosm of the universal struggle between energies? Can the force fields of this planet intertwine in certain locales briefly and cause terrible interactions? Is Time susceptible to anomalies just like the other invisible forces of our universe?
Some years ago, a man in York, England, was working in a basement of a building which ran over an old Roman road. Suddenly, a troop of Romans marched through the wall, in full armour, completely oblivious to anything around them. Where the road was not completely excavated he saw them from only the knees up. Where it was completely excavated he saw their full forms. They passed through the other wall and then were gone. Is this lunacy, or did the Earth merely replay a scene captured in it 2000 years ago?
Some have thought that the tales of ghosts may stem from the Earth having replayed an event, a past life, a past moment. Are those who have claimed such apparitions just liars, cranks, or the superstitious? Or is the kernel of truth behind these tales telling us about the power of nature around us?
But how can the Earth record a moment and replay it dispassionately? The Earth has no camera or lens with which to record an event; no film upon which to store it, no material to develop it, no projector to replay it. Or does it?
The human body testifies to the power of harmony. We are made up of the same chemicals and materials as all the Universe around us, made of the same building blocks, our tissues of the same acids, vitamins, minerals, fats, molecules and coursing with the same powerful electrical signals.
The human brain is more complex than anything man can comprehend. In our memories we can recall past events, in color, black & white and even Technicolor. We can recall sounds, smells, still pictures and in motion, of faces long stilled, hear voices long quieted. Our dreams are vivid spectacles, sometimes frightening but also pictures of places and past events and make-believe scenes. How can the brain do it? It has no lens, no film, no camera, no projector, but it replays pictures, moving and still, with little difficulty. How can the Earth do it? Probably with the same digital technology our brains have long used.
Existence is so complex even the simplest form of life beggars our imagination. “To grasp the reality of life as it has been revealed by molecular biology, we must magnify a cell a thousand million times until it is twenty kilometers in diameter and resembles a giant airship large enough to cover a great city like London or New York. What we would then see would be an object of unparalleled complexity and adaptive design. On the surface of the cell we would see millions of openings, like the port holes of a vast space ship, opening and closing to allow a continual stream of materials to flow in and out. If we were to enter one of these openings we would find ourselves in a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity . . . Is it really credible that random processes could have constructed a reality, the smallest elements of which— a functional protein or gene— is complex beyond our own creative capacities, a reality which is the very antithesis of chance, which excels in every sense anything produced by the intelligence of man?” Thus wrote Dr. Michael Denton, a medical doctor and a Phd in Microbiology. He reminds us that the brain possesses 1015 little gray cells, shall we call them. With this we can at least appreciate the brain’s vast abilities. They are as stupefying as our powerful imaginations.
Yet even beyond the cell, even beyond the organs made up of trillions of cells, is the complexity of things not seen— the energy within them. The same energy is within the Earth and all matter. We have an idea on how to slow Time by bending space. But this is only the beginning to uncovering the power that still lies in the invisible world around us.
Even now in the 21st century we are as babes. It is not so bad that we do not know all things, but it is unforgivable that we do not even suspect that all things are possible.