Thanks Michael. One can also add the problem of spacetime curvature, which makes the calculations you alluded to even more problematic, because the gravitational effects of curvature can only propagate at the speed of light; therefore one has to calculate relative curvature for any object at any point in spacetime. As the Einstein field equations are essentially unsolvable to the required degree of precision for any system comprising multiple bodies, the problem of “where was I” is therefore unsolvable.

Fortunately as we haven’t a clue what time is, nor why it appears to break symmetry, nor whether there is any way to traverse the timeline, there’s zero chance of us having to worry about the problem of coordinates!

Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store