According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, time is an illusion: our naïve perception of its flow doesn’t correspond to physical reality. … He posits that reality is just a complex network of events onto which we project sequences of past, present, and future. It is also possible to stop time. All you need to do is travel at light speed, which is deemed impossible by the current state of our understanding of the Universe.
Cyclical time, naturally enough, emphasizes repetition and is very much influenced by the cycles apparent in the natural world. … In many cultures, these kinds of cyclical patterns are infinitely repeatable and part of a recurring overall cycle of time. Time is cyclic. It moves on linear scale from one state to another and from the last state it recycles back. The periodicity of history is based on the repetition or recurrence of social processes.
The cyclic theory of the universe is a radical alternative to the standard big bang/inflationary scenario that offers a new approach by stating that our universe, and by extension our whole reality, is the product of a cyclical process. This theory states that the observable universe lies on a brane separated by a small gap along an extra dimension from a second brane. The cyclic model proposes that the big bang is a collision between branes that occurs at regular intervals. The theory is based on three underlying notions:
(1) the big bang is not the beginning of space and time, but rather a transition from an earlier phase of evolution;
(2) big bangs occurred periodically in the past and continue periodically into the future; and,
(3) the key events that shaped the large scale structure of the universe occurred during a phase of slow contraction before the big bang.
The painting “Chased by Time” (acrylic on canvas 30′ x 40´) expresses our ambivalent relation with the dimension time. Time is a force that drives us forward like a shepherd who drives his cattle towards other pastures while at the end of the road you only have the slaughterhouse. The difference between us and the unsuspicious cattle is that we know that at the end of the road there is the slaughterhouse, so we linger as long as posible. But time is driving us merciless forwards.