If you dont mind believing that it changes everything, time will never matter

A “leap second” will be added to the world’s official clocks on Dec. 31 at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which corresponds to 6:59:59 p.m. EST; the clocks will read 23:59:60 before ticking over to midnight.

Yet another reason we don’t want to base the network on the illusion of “time”.



Philosophically, time is interesting. It doesn’t exist as a thing that you can sample and test. It isn’t like a stream that you can measure the velocity of or mass that you can objectively weight and size up.

It is the sequence of events which is critical, including the lack of events in the sequence. Putting some arbitrary number on this, just gives us a reference point, but it is not the only one and nor may it be the best one.

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However, it’s usually the inability to find consensus on which events have and haven’t occurred across a large and dynamic system that leads to people using a standardised unit of time as an approximation.

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