The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
Now, since spending the last few years investigating precognition (which is the alleged ability to see into the future) I like to think about time. More importantly, though I've never found any evidence that anybody actually can see into the future, it is pretty obvious that nobody has any good ideas what time actually is. The Einstein quote is an example of this, and it seems to me that arguing that time exists just so everything doesn't happen at once, is just ludicrous.
Maybe it's that I just don't understand time, but it seems to me that the fossil record and the stars in the sky, are evidence of a time before human beings. The universe existed before our species and we cannot be an important part of why the universe looks the way it does. Even if we are looking at the universe through a human brain. Finally from Wikipedia:
Time appears to have a direction to us - the past lies behind us, and is fixed and incommutable, while the future lies ahead and is not necessarily fixed. Yet the majority of the laws of physics don't provide this arrow of time. The exceptions include the Second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy must increase over time; the cosmological arrow of time, which points away from the Big Bang, and the radiative arrow of time, caused by light only traveling forwards in time.
Since there is no god and nobody set the properties of our universe, it follows that they must be due to some configuration or underlying structure. Maybe time then, is just a consequence of the expansion of the universe, rather than to stop everything happening at once. But then time is a very confusing concept - so I could be completely wrong.Go Top