Since time is not absolute, are the dead people still alive?
According to Einstein, "the dividing line between past, present, and future is an illusion".
- Michael MLv 52 weeks ago
If you eliminate time, a person isn't born, dead and alive together.
- PhilomelLv 73 weeks ago
Death is a medical term. It is also a legal term.
Define life and death and I can answer the question.
- Andrew SmithLv 73 weeks ago
Dead people are not alive HERE and NOW. The same people could be observed as alive by an observer somewhere else. Or in a different frame of reference. But that negates "are". ( which implies the present at the location here ).
- nebLv 73 weeks ago
While Einstein’s statement is true - the relativity of simultaneity requires it to be true - it’s difficult to assign a physical interpretation.
The point is that the concept of ‘now’ is reference frame dependent. Instead of viewing it as a person that is dead ‘now’ with respect to our reference frame is not dead with respect to a different frame’s ‘now’ in the past of our frame, it should be thought more that the notion of a simultaneous ‘now’ is simply a meaningless concept rather than ascribing it to a physical reality. The finite and constant speed of light prevents any causal conflict between the frames so it becomes more a philosophical notion than physical notion.
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- busterwasmycatLv 73 weeks ago
not at this time. we aren't there where they are alive. cannot get there from here either, apparently, although that is still a point of discussion. but if you could, they would be alive, right?
- DixonLv 73 weeks ago
The "dividing line" might be an illusion but there is still a (so called) cone of absolute past and a cone of absolute future for any particular observer. And on the Earth, anything that happened more than a fraction of a second ago is in the cone of absolute past for everyone on Earth. Past, present and future basically work like we always naively thought it did, unless we look at extreme distances or velocities.
- oubaasLv 74 weeks ago
Unlikely for us , nature seems no to be aware about "relativity" , so our lives end , sooner or later...^_*
- NancyLv 74 weeks ago
On Einstein's theory, yes, though you wouldn't say "still" because "still" suggests a linear interpretation of time. You'd just say "alive."