Authors: Peter V. Raktoe
A clock mechanism registers time in the form of a second, and that second doesn't say anything about what time is. We say that a clock tells us what time it is, but the seconds only represent a time period (an amount of time). So when you measure that there is a difference in the rate of two synchronized clocks then you cannot conclude that time itself dilates, you can only conclude that the seconds dilate.
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