Couerl":2xek8shb said:Hi, this has been an interesting read for me.
One of the puzzles I have been contemplating lately regarding time and when it began relates to the moment when the initial inflationary period of the universe abated. Since the universe was expanding in all directions at once at greater than light velocity (at least very briefly) it seems to me that time could not decompress enough to be observable until that period of inflation had subsided. If, during inflation the universe did expand faster than light (see Guth, inflation theory) then one might assume that time was literally going backwards, in which case the universe would not have materialized or expanded at all. Since this is not the case and we are here and going "forward" through time, I can only surmise that time itself is dependant upon at least one of the 4 principal forces that seperated to form the laws of physics that we know and enjoy today. FWIW, I think it is a shame that we don't seem to have a better understanding of what time actually is than we did to begin with..
You are trying to apply the theory of special relativity to the universe instead of things in the universe. There is no prohibition against the universe as a whole expanding faster than the speed of light and in that case there is no affect on time.