Some metaphysical speculations

Adam Saul Krok
2 min readJan 19, 2024

When we consider time as a mechanism for change in this world, we must try grasp what this means mathematically. How is it possible for change to occur? I have written about the metaphysical ground of such an hypothesis as the contradiction between being and non-being or equivalently eternality and temporality, but I want to explore in a simple way an idea that I can’t develop much further but still should illumine a way forward scientifically.

What exact mathematical function could be said to govern time itself? If I had to propose a simple answer and one that by no means is definitive I would have to state that a general and maybe perhaps special case of the mathematical function governing time is y=1/x.

How come? For an object to change it would require both a beginning and an endpoint that is innate to its substance, that is nothing extrinsic to its essence can modify it since it definitionally does not exist for that object. Y=1/x provides the beginning point (x) that is the substance itself and y=1/x its opposite. The latter equation represents the opposite of the substance because it is its inverse mathematically ie by the definition of number scales y=1/x produces the mathematical inverse of x.

This function can be labelled either as time or IRONY or which as we shall see is probably a special and general aspect of time itself. That is irony is a specific sub concept of time.

Time works ironically in the sense that substances tend to become their opposites over time.

What I propose concretely for science is a cautious replacement of the time variable with t=1/x. With a three dimensional volume of length x, width y and height z the time variable would be t=1/xyz. This should simplify certain equations by one dimension and probably allow us to see spacetime in three dimensions rather than four allowing for easier Cartesian representation. I advise caution because time is not wholly ironic and only in a special case.

A way to complete this science would be to understand first how many functions govern time according to the substance at hand and second under which conditions time acts with a given mathematical function.

I ask the mathematician or scientist reading this to ponder when time is ironic for then we could simplify four dimensional equations to three dimensions.

Or alternatively time and irony may be synonymous concepts and that there is only one time function which relates substance to change. This suggests that time is a property of substance and contains nothing extrinsic to it.