If you consider the Lorentz transformation in connection with Einsteinian relativity, special or general (with a tensor twist), it becomes clear that it's a chain tying time back to the 3 co-ordinates of homogeneous 3D Euclidean space, i.e. time fettered and made spatial AS the movement of light (electromagnetic radiation), the absolute movement, that dictates also whether this thus-bound space-time is straight or curved. Hence modern physics thinks it's got the whole game sewn up in its mathematical theories with their so-called universal constants, in particular, the gravitational constant.
The Big Bang theory, for instance, depends entirely and
crucially on this fettered, linear time, i.e. the
straight or (gravitationally) curved path of light.
Otherwise it collapses, and the physicists could just as
well pack up their toys (such as the multi-billion
dollar Big Hadron Collider in Geneva) and go home.
They're not going to do that.
Is it any surprise that physicists (and all scientists)
have minds closed to the question of time? They all
partake of the scientific Geist, our age's Weltgeist.
Anyone open to the question of time is, scientifically
speaking, obviously a nutter. Instead, today's advanced
mathematical physicists working at the cutting edge are
out to quantize time itself linearly in a theory of
quantum gravity. They'll come up with something.
Hence modern physics is unknowingly, blindly as
onto-theological as Dante's Divine Comedy with
its river of unbodied light streaming down through ten heavens: Light and
its movement are the Absolute for modern physics, and
every physicist believes fervently in it. All glory to
This is déjà-vu all over again, Boo-boo: the struggle to
emerge from Christian medieval times with a slight
change of personnel, a couple of crucial mathematical
substitutions such as 'Substitute the photon for
One big challenge for the present time, to my mind, is to
demathematize the world so we humans can see more
clearly and perchance thus become freer.