I LOVE this site. Wish I'd stumbled across it sooner!
Ok, I have a question that I've wanted to ask for some time (ahem) but have been afraid to ask, assuming it would be duplicative. But I've gone through all the questions (26 at this point) and I don't think it's really been asked -- at least the way I'd like to ask it -- though one answer (cited below) touches on it directly then backs away.
My question is "Isn't everything always happening or not happening at a given time and for a given duration from a God's (or someone greater than God) Eye perspective? Even if Time "stopped", wouldn't it be stopped for a certain amount of time? Even if time reversed (i.e., the Superman example and Stephen Hawkings old theory that time would reverse and broken objects would re-form etc. if the universe contracted (I know we now believe it's expanding and won't contract) wouldn't that take a certain amount of time? Even if someone went back in time, wouldn't they be gone for a certain amount of time that's continuing forward with or without her? If everything ceased to exist, wouldn't TIME still be there (and I hope it doesn't sound silly, but even if TIME ceased to exist , wouldn't it still be there?).
Sorry for the long winded question. Now that I've typed this I guess this is the same as asking if time is relative or absolute. I'm comfortable with the assertion that for any particular individual time is relative (and I know that the Response from Peter S. Fosl on November 28, 2005 says "relative") but I still like the idea of Mr. Garfield's "Supertime" and would like to hear the argument for it (even if I have to wait some amount of time to hear it, yuk yuk). Am I missing something simple? Am I just conflating different definitions of time and causing my own confusion? Thanks!