Time for a new day


Pre-agricultural time:

    Cyclical following natural phenomenon – often measured in lunar cycles.


Agricultural time:

    Cyclical following natural growth and/or birth cycles – measured in biological (primarily reproductive) cycles


Post-Agricultural/Academic-Historical time:

    Cyclical progression – measured in environmental changes


Scientific/Industrial time:

    Singularly Linear Progressive    


Existential/Nihilistic “Post-Modern” Time

    Nonexistant (Continuous Present)


Later “Post-Modern Time”

    Branching Linear Progressive


Ecological (Evolutionary) Time

    Homeostatic Shifting – measured in “significant” ecological changes



Earlier approaches generally favor a single-stream view of time (whether cyclical or progressive) that leans on a belief in objective perception. Later (post-“modern”) views typically emphasize either multiple streams (often described in terms of dimensions or realities) in a progressive state of branching (which may also be generalized into a progressively complex single stream paradigm) or in a disbelief in time altogether due to a nihilistic epistemology and/or ontology. While these paradigms are valuable perspectives, they ultimately all can be generalized into a single-stream (typically progressive) view that we have always held.

However, at least two questions remain unaddressed by the majority of these paradigms:

  1. Does time exist as a real object or force or is it merely an epistemological abstraction or psychological concept created so that we can better record, categorize, and interpret the changes in our perceptions?
  2. Can multiple time streams truly exist within one “reality”?