"The imminent relationship between people, objects, places & events is never visible. It extends the  commonness of causal relationships. There might be a 'Mathematical code' or structure in the core  of these relationships. But it way over-stretches our cognitive competences to discover. But we do  have a glance. It comes to appeal us in synchronicity."

 

 

Search for a contemporary presentation/experience of time and space and the implications for (human) being and the possibility of encounter, interaction, relations.

 

 

Nowadays, we still live (inevitably) with/out of concepts of space and time, indebted to Newtonian physics, with a mechanical, even quite deterministic world view. This strongly matches our ‘common sense’, or what has become ‘common sense’ through centuries.

 

In our everyday perception, time is a straight-lined, linear phenomenon, a line with an arrow that goes mainly in one direction, from past over present to future. We have information about the past, which we carry with us, on which we can rely on, we live in the present, now, and we project into the future. In this respect, we use, as it were, fixed units.

Although we are aware of the fact, that these are conventions (a minute contains 60 seconds), nevertheless, it seems like there exists a corresponding objective amount of time. Even though we do experience time now and then as something flexible, we still think/live with the assumption that there is an external objective reality. Likewise, we think that ‘one meter equals one meter’, apart from our perception of that meter. In a framework of time and space, events happen, structured in a chain of cause and effect, the world emerges through causal relations.

 

This still seems to be the world in which we live, in which we can act, in which we can encounter. It seems like we can meet each other in an objective framework of time and space, in a shared, a common here and now.

 

Relativity, quantum physics as well as psychoanalysis have destroyed this framework of time and space.

Einstein discovered that time and space are relative, dependent on the observer, without a corresponding objective reality.  Time and space turn out not to be separate entities, but different dimensions of an elastic (!) whole, what Einstein calls space-time-continuum.

Quantum physics describe a world in which a particle can be in several places at the same time, and moves one place to another via all possible paths (by exploring the entire Universe simultaneously)

In psychoanalysis as well, a non deterministic, non linear, acausal conceptual framework has been developed: inter alia Synchronicity, developed by C. G. Jung.  Also S. Freud uses an elastic, non lineair framework, for example the concept of Nachträchlichkeit, in which future events can have an impact on events in the past.

 

On the one hand, our knowledge of space and time (or spacetime), has been changed revolutionary. This knowledge has been consequently used in industry and science, and has a gigantic impact on our daily lives (from microwave to smartphone…).

On the other hand, we seem to continue to live in the ‘old’ worldview, with a linear time, independent of a three-dimensional space, in which events happen by causality.  And we consider this the framework in which people actually meet, interact…As if we consciously choose to stay in Plato’s cave.

© Elize Rausch 2020.