I don’t know when you’ll read this. I can’t say you read it yesterday or will read it tomorrow. But, for sure, you’re reading it “now.”
That’s how special “now” is. And yet, for all the thoughts and books that’s been devoted to time, science doesn’t consider “now” as really different from the past or the future.
Don’t take my word for it — Mr. Albert Einstein himself struggled with this conundrum.
Philosopher Rudolf Carnap, in 1963, recalled a conversation he had with Einstein about what Einstein called “The Now.” That “The Now” worried him seriously and it means something special to Man, essentially different from the past and future. And he considered this important difference to be outside the realm of science because it cannot occur within physics itself: to him a matter of painful and inevitable resignation.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards … Søren Kierkegaard