Did the ancients know advanced physics of time dilation?

My answer to the question: Could ancient humans have known about “time dilation” intuitively without a working knowledge of physics?

The trouble with intuition is that there is no way to distinguish it from that which is purely imaginary. While I have nothing against “wondering” what reasons there might be behind such a seemingly meaningful parallel, I have to also wonder if we are not reading things into ancient texts that were never intended to be there.

I remember, as a child, before I had any knowledge of time dilation or the Vedas, once deciding that a day must be like a year to an ant because they were so small. It was a running fantasy in my head until I took a closer look at ants and saw that there work cycles are reasonably everyday. They take sleep breaks too.

I still can’t claim to know what goes on in an ant’s head. But my point is that imagining that they operate on a different time scale is not at all impossible without knowing advanced physics. We can assume the ancients knew things, or we can assume they were imagining things. And there is nothing wrong with saying we don’t know which it was.

Our pattern-seeking behaviour takes us down many paths. The things we come to know become such integral parts of us that it sometimes becomes difficult to distinguish between them and the things we don’t know and only believe.

The only way to determine what the ancients knew is to find evidence of their actually having known these things — actual demonstrable experimental evidence. Without such evidence, we will just be exercising our collective imaginations. Nothing wrong with imagining as long as we don’t confuse it with reality.

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