## Proof that time goes faster the older you get - Help?

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### Proof that time goes faster the older you get - Help?

Hi i'm hoping some of you might be able to assist me as i have to admit algebra is not my forte' in fact to say my understanding of it is limited would be an understatement.

I recently received an email from my manager at work stating that he has proven that time goes faster the older you get and has detailed the calculations to evidence this below.

From speaking to my Manager there is potentially a 'trick' involved with his calculations however noone within our team has been able to work out what this is as most of us have had limited work in algebra.

I am curious to know if anyone on this forum is able to work out the equations below or the trick involved in 'proving that time goes faster the older you get'.

Please see the email below:

"Herewith the mathematical proof that time goes faster the older you get.

Define x as the speed of time when you are middle-aged, say, for instance, when you are 40.

Define y as the speed of time when you are a child, say, for instance, when you are 8.

Pickard’s axiom is that the value of x is higher than the value of y, in that the speed of time is always faster the older you are, and that this can be proved mathematically.

The logic is as follows:

Define a as being the value of 4.

We first need to examine the relationship between y and x, i.e. between the speed of time when a child is 8 and the speed of time for that person when they are 40. It is clear that 4 is half of 8.

Thus we can say 4 = 8 ÷ 2
Therefore a = y ÷ 2
Therefore y = 2a

Now consider the relationship between x and a, i.e. between the speed of time when the person is 40 and the value of 4. It is clear that 4 is one tenth of 40.

Thus 4 = 40 ÷ 10
Therefore a = x ÷ 10
Therefore x = 10a

Given that we have proved that
X = 10a
Y = 2a
we can now see the relationship between y and x, which is crucial to the truth of Pickard’s axiom, namely that

10a ÷ 2a = 5 = x ÷ y
Therefore 10a = 5 (2a)
And x = 5y

We have proved that the value of x is 5 times the value of y.

Therefore the speed of time for x (when the person is 40) is 5 times the speed for y (when the same person was 8)."

Any help much appreciated!

Regards,
Ryan

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### Re: Proof that time goes faster the older you get - Help?

"Herewith the mathematical proof that time goes faster the older you get.

Define x as the speed of time when you are middle-aged, say, for instance, when you are 40.

Define y as the speed of time when you are a child, say, for instance, when you are 8.
He picked these specific numbers. This makes any "proof" non-generic. In other words he's picking all the things he needs to get the answer he wants.
Pickard’s axiom is that the value of x is higher than the value of y, in that the speed of time is always faster the older you are, and that this can be proved mathematically.
Google can't find anything called "Pickard's Axiom". This is made up to give him the answer he wants.
The logic is as follows:

Define a as being the value of 4.

We first need to examine the relationship between y and x, i.e. between the speed of time when a child is 8 and the speed of time for that person when they are 40. It is clear that 4 is half of 8.{/quote]
It is also clear that he picked both of these numbers.

Thus we can say 4 = 8 ÷ 2
Therefore a = y ÷ 2
Of course; he picked his numbers to get that result. This only proves that he can pick numbers. It says nothing about the physics of time.
Therefore y = 2a

Now consider the relationship between x and a, i.e. between the speed of time when the person is 40 and the value of 4. It is clear that 4 is one tenth of 40.

Thus 4 = 40 ÷ 10
Therefore a = x ÷ 10
Therefore x = 10a
Yes; he picked a number that was 10 times the other number that he picked, so he ended up with a number that was 10 times as much. So? He could "prove" any multiple he felt like by picking other numbers. You could make up your own "proof", too!
Given that we have proved that
X = 10a
Y = 2a
we can now see the relationship between y and x, which is crucial to the truth of Pickard’s axiom, namely that

10a ÷ 2a = 5 = x ÷ y
Therefore 10a = 5 (2a)
And x = 5y

We have proved that the value of x is 5 times the value of y.
Yes; if you pick values that lead to this result, then you will get this result. So?
Therefore the speed of time for x (when the person is 40) is 5 times the speed for y (when the same person was 8)."
There is no "therefore". Nothing has been "proved".

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### Re: Proof that time goes faster the older you get - Help?

Define x as the speed of time when you are middle-aged; say, for instance, when you are 50.
Define y as the speed of time when you are a child; say, for instance, when you are 5.

Define "a" as having the value of 5. Then:

x = 50 = 10*5 = 10a
y = 5 = 1*5 = 1a = a

Thus y = 10x, "proving" that time moves ten times as fast when one is middle-aged as when one is a child.
The above is no more a valid "proof" of anything than was the original.