Does time exist? - Andrew Zimmerman Jones

  • Published: 23 October 2018
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    The earliest time measurements were observations of cycles of the natural world, using patterns of changes from day to night and season to season to build calendars. More precise time-keeping eventually came along to put time in more convenient boxes. But what exactly are we measuring? Andrew Zimmerman Jones contemplates whether time is something that physically exists or is just in our heads.

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  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed   8 months back

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    • Randy Boone
      Randy Boone  2 weeks back

      TED-Ed time does not really exist it's something that you made up so you can understand so the human species can understand things.. if time exists why is there Infinity, you cannot put a number on Infinity that's why it is just a symbol. Infinity has no time limit there is no time with forever. Daaaaa simple minded humans on this planet.

    • Zulu-Exa/Jack Wilson Temmie
      Zulu-Exa/Jack Wilson Temmie  4 weeks back


    • Max M
      Max M  1 months back

      Seriously, does Ted-ed ever come out with a bad video?

    • Bangtan Army
      Bangtan Army  1 months back

      I just bought that book for ₹120!

  • Some human
    Some human  11 hours back

    Vsauce music starts playing

    • Garret Roland
      Garret Roland  18 hours back

      G Roland
      1 second ago
      ABOUT 2
      AND 4


      • danish akhtar
        danish akhtar  19 hours back

        The thing missing , to complete the theory of everything
        Is Gravity

        • Hernando Chandra
          Hernando Chandra  1 days back

          the animation in this one is great, really liked it.

          • Ezekiel Omanya
            Ezekiel Omanya  2 days back

            great animation

            • Gabrianna Beard
              Gabrianna Beard  3 days back

              Haven’t watched yet but I can already tell this will create an existential crisis for me 😂
              Edit after watching: YEP

              • Mariane Momoka
                Mariane Momoka  3 days back

                Hey man,, i nearly failed my math class for both semesters...

                • Elad Azrad
                  Elad Azrad  3 days back

                  with all those questions im starting to asking myself the existens of the univers, life, and others (And NO its not 42)

                  • Leo Bart
                    Leo Bart  1 days back

                    4 and 2 means "shi" and "ni" respectively in Japanese; when put together it creates the word "shini" which coincidentally means death so maybe the meaning to life is 42.

                • ScrapDraws
                  ScrapDraws  3 days back

                  2:51 fun fact the word mileva on his telescope there is the name of his ex wife

                  • Shemis-Chan
                    Shemis-Chan  3 days back

                    :hey bro meet me 2
                    Einstein: yes but really no

                    • Travis Cartee
                      Travis Cartee  3 days back

                      Yes. Now tell me what it is.

                      • Skandar
                        Skandar  3 days back

                        Time cannot perceived without Life.
                        And Time doesn’t exist.

                        • schalk erasmus
                          schalk erasmus  3 days back

                          Einstein fooled people by using an impossible model of traveling near the speed of light and combining it with a stationary observer which also doesn't exist because everything is moving - including the observer.

                      • Rising Shiva16
                        Rising Shiva16  4 days back

                        🎤🎶Let's go on a journey, a journey through all time! A time that's changing all the time. It's time to go to TIME!!!🎵🎶

                        • Sami Shaikh
                          Sami Shaikh  4 days back

                          Fantastic animation!

                          • N F
                            N F  4 days back

                            Time doesnt exist if your break into micro seconds...

                            • Daddys Fastest Swimmer

                              Time is a way of measuring the present.

                              • Phúc Hồ
                                Phúc Hồ  4 days back

                                brain.exe has stopped working :)

                                • kohtxro
                                  kohtxro  5 days back

                                  Showed this my Grandfather.
                                  Now he's Einstein.

                                  • [._.] Le ghoust
                                    [._.] Le ghoust  5 days back

                                    This is how G-Man teleports

                                    • Cryptonian
                                      Cryptonian  5 days back

                                      that intro tune is the soundtrack of knowledge

                                      • ZANTA
                                        ZANTA  5 days back

                                        Does my life exist?

                                        • theodore roberts
                                          theodore roberts  6 days back

                                          I tried years ago to find out what time and light are and are not. I failed, I could not find anything that nailed it down. Theories, hypothesis but no real answer. The internet was young then. There is more of everything on here now, except the answers I seek.
                                          These things are so important and is in a lot of equations. It's fundamental, so what are they? How can they be at the core of so many equations when there is no explanation as to what they are?

                                          • Peter Pandaluki
                                            Peter Pandaluki  6 days back

                                            A southern hemisphere Stonehenge.

                                            • Twilight UnderSky
                                              Twilight UnderSky  6 days back

                                              Well time could exist except we only decided to create time to measure how long something is. So I guess time was just created by us so maybe it just doesn't exist

                                              • The Legend20STFU
                                                The Legend20STFU  7 days back

                                                Time is relative to mass

                                                • Nobitha Nobi
                                                  Nobitha Nobi  1 weeks back

                                                  How to do such animation what should we learn or what software does it require?

                                                  • around Annebel
                                                    around Annebel  5 days back

                                                    Nobitha Nobi Look up the programs Maya and Unity

                                                • Nobitha Nobi
                                                  Nobitha Nobi  1 weeks back

                                                  Nice animation:)

                                                  • Dee Nam
                                                    Dee Nam  1 weeks back

                                                    What an ocean but multitude of drops

                                                    • Leoninmiami
                                                      Leoninmiami  1 weeks back

                                                      Yes, we do know! All there is, is rate of change. That rate varies under different circumstances. That's it.

                                                      • Joe Bowd
                                                        Joe Bowd  1 weeks back

                                                        No time does not exist out side being a unit of measurement.

                                                        • Gareth Inkster
                                                          Gareth Inkster  1 weeks back

                                                          The music is very Howard Shore - great stuff.

                                                          • wolfram xd
                                                            wolfram xd  1 weeks back

                                                            Thanks Albert

                                                            • Matlab Tutor
                                                              Matlab Tutor  1 weeks back

                                                              I do agree time seems to be emergent property a grouped behaviour of system.. Can somebody explain time in empty space?....or a single particle in vacum?

                                                              • JUST Music JUST Music
                                                                JUST Music JUST Music  1 weeks back

                                                                Time is the most interesting topic...

                                                                • Masticlox Poker
                                                                  Masticlox Poker  6 days back

                                                                  Hello no, mind is the most interesting topic and consciousness, time is a social construct. Its only sequence of events and motion that make you thing time is fundamendal and exists, its obvious.

                                                              • Alicia Carew
                                                                Alicia Carew  1 weeks back

                                                                Truth About Exploring Time and Whether It Actually Exists Very Great Because There Could Be Three Or Many Different Sources of Time Which Time Measurements are Used For What But As For One Time Measurment for Our Universe and One To keep Our Planet Earth Strong Amongst our Universe It must be Time Relys on Much Of This And Can Be Explained at Some Point .Great Video Thanks For Shareing 🤗

                                                                • Ashish Semwal
                                                                  Ashish Semwal  1 weeks back

                                                                  I love This channel just because it describes these kind of stuff- Theoretical Physics 😄😄, Love You Guy's

                                                                  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades

                                                                    Time is a unit of measurement, it's also a illusion

                                                                    • Idi Amin
                                                                      Idi Amin  1 weeks back

                                                                      Clearly Andrew Zimmerman Jones never smoked DMT if he’s only just realised this...

                                                                      • ʌǝʇǝɾnʌʍ ınɟǝɾnı

                                                                        How 'time' was brought into human mind from outside of it? If 'time' exists out there it must contain detectable information in order to bring it into a human mind. If not, the only possibility is that it's an endogenous thing that is later turned into a concept and then outsourced and then seen as a part of the universe.

                                                                        • Ajoxada
                                                                          Ajoxada  1 weeks back

                                                                          Does you existe ?

                                                                          • Salvatore DeMare
                                                                            Salvatore DeMare  1 weeks back

                                                                            TICKING AWAY

                                                                            THE MOMENTS THAT MAKE UP A DULL DAY

                                                                            • around Annebel
                                                                              around Annebel  5 days back

                                                                              Salvatore DeMare the sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older

                                                                          • TheProgrammingJedi
                                                                            TheProgrammingJedi  1 weeks back

                                                                            Fantastic video! Very informative, thank you!

                                                                            • Diwa Ghimire
                                                                              Diwa Ghimire  1 weeks back

                                                                              2:59 nerd, don't touch my telescope, e=mc2 *wow* *great* *details*

                                                                              • rks515skr
                                                                                rks515skr  1 weeks back

                                                                                The universe is like a vcr. You can rewind it, but then it plays forward again and nothing changes.

                                                                                • May Emma Catherine
                                                                                  May Emma Catherine  2 weeks back

                                                                                  When I was little (k I wasn't that little I was like 10) I told my mom that I thought time wasn't real and it was just humans' way of keeping track of things

                                                                                  • The Duke of Kidderminster

                                                                                    Yes. Next!

                                                                                    • José Manuel Logegaray
                                                                                      José Manuel Logegaray  2 weeks back

                                                                                      "Noviembre sin ti es sentir que la lluvia me dijo llorando que todo acabó"