# Future exists?

How can we say the future exists if we can never be in the future. As soon as we get to the future it becomes the present. So we are actualky talking about the present yet to be when we talk about the future, and the past is the far off present, or does that no longer exist because that is a point we can never get back to. So in order for this past and future to exist, wouldnt time have to be like a sphere of liquid. In which we are constantly traviling from the core outward? Also who is to say the future isnt predetermind and we are just stuck on a preset path. Why do we try to concieve the future and the past when we cant even completely concieve the present?

Only in our heads, just like every other human concept.

We don’t scientists believe with a 99.99999999% probability that if the future exists it’s only in your imagination.

Well to understand this question you have to forget all human understanding of what we would consider future present and past. The way we record those things is through a measure of time, defined moments of existence divided into intervals.

However, if you consider time in a timeline and then compare that to a ruler, imagine travelling from point A to point B, it is a distance as well as a certain ammount of time. If you take that time that it took to travel from point A to point B you come out with a specific figure, now if you were to try to identify a single point in time along that time line you run into a problem, just the same as if you want to identify a single point (in terms of measurement) on the ruler. It becomes impossible to identify any single point in time because that point in time can be infinitely divided. If you say that you are positive you were existing at 10:34.34s in the grand scheme of things that ammount of time may as well be as long as a lifetime when you take into consideration the notion that you can divide that single interval of time infinitely. For in that moment of time all existence was not frozen, we do not exist by jumping from one interval of time to the next in sort of a “skipping dvd” sense of reality.

Since there is an infinite division of every moment then you have to consider that our understanding or explanation of time in the day to day sense is extremely skewed. It appears as all happening at once rather than a consistent timeline (in the sense of a ruler) of moment to moment.

Simply put we can’t. All that exists is the here and now. The future is an assumption on our part, but a useful assumption. Imagine we all lived our lives on the basis that there is no future? Wouldn’t be very productive would it?

Of course the now is pretty much infinitely divisible. And in the time it takes you to realize it exists, it’s gone.

The question of whether or not the past/future exists is an interesting one. The immediate answer that springs to mind as it relates to the past is to simply use myself as a measuring tool and (this being 1:08a.m.) know that I existed at 1:07a.m. and have that constitute proof that the past exists.

The only problem that we get into there is the, “You can’t step into the same river twice,” problem where even though I was PavlovianModel146 at 1:07a.m., is that the same PavlovianModel146 at 1:08a.m. or has it changed?

It has changed in the same sense that everything changes with the passage of time. If we are to use time as a quantifying tool, then the PavlovianModel146 of 1:08a.m. is one minute older than the PavlovianModel146 of 1:07a.m… However, if we are going to look at it from a standpoint of quality and not quantity, there is probably not a perceptible difference between the PavlovianModel146’s of different times. (Barring me spilling something on myself or something)

Of course, that takes us back to the original problem of whether or not the PavlovianModel146 of 1:07 exists. We know that the PavlovianModel146 at 1:07 did exist, but that by itself is not enough to prove that the PavlovianModel146 of 1:07 still currently exists. An example of this would be a person dying, of course the person did exist at some points in time prior to dying, but the fact that the person is dead necessitates that the person no longer exists, at least as far as we can tell.

After considering all of this, I am going to conclude that the past does exist, simply because I recall being there and existing at various points in the past.

As far as the future’s existence is concerned, I think simple grammar will help us tremendously in making our decision. If it is determined (which we don’t know) that at some point in the future PavlovianModel146 takes a walk, we say, “He will take a walk.” The walk itself, though, has not yet happened, nor can we be sure that the walk will actually take place. We can only speculate, even though we speak of it, “Will,” as a certainty. It is in the same sense that we refer to the Future, and all of the events therewithin, as things that, “Will happen.” In that sense, the future exists, but only as a possibility, or rather a probability.

The question that this leaves me with is whether the possibility of the Future actually diminishes with how far in the future we are discussing. By this, I mean, every second that I live is a second closer to my death. That said, it becomes more easy to plan and complete the plan to take a walk in an hour than to take a walk on January 4th 2074, which would make me 90 years old. Furthermore, the liklihood of me taking a walk on January 4th 2174 is incredibly close to nothing as it will require me to live 190 years.

I wonder if time and the concept of the Future work the same way. Is it not easier to imagine a Future one minute from now than to imagine one 200 years from now? Could this perception mean that the probability of the Future diminishes with the length of time from the present that we are considering?

If you can imagine instant obliteration, and accept it is possible this could happen, then the future, even one minute from now becomes constantly uncertain. The certainty of the future would vary on how much we know about the present, i.e. if I’m standing next to Obama whilst he enters the codes to launch all of the US’ nuclear warheads, the indeed I would be sceptical of a future existing. But if you accept the possibility of all that exists in the universe suddenly not existing, and such an event occuring without any prior warning, then we must always be sceptical of the future, for such an event could happen in 3 minutes time or 3 centuries time, but we would have no way of knowing it was about to happen, so we cannot adjust our belief that there will be a future accordingly. Human’s choose to believe the future will exist unless there is any evidence otherwise, and in practise this is obviously benefital.

As to the past, if you accept the possibility that you could have sprung into existence this very moment complete with a set of memories which suggest a prior existence, then it is always a possibility that there was no past. And then of course you have to question the validity of your memories. What about a person with short term memory loss.

The proof is in the post. (Time Stamp)