"The earth revolved around the sun long before man and all conscious beings appeared on its surface." Yes really, how could I imagine otherwise?
The problem is precisely in the : "How could I imagine?"
The difficulty is indeed twofold:
1) Whenever we represent the world without our presence, whether it is the earth a hundred million years ago or a Cartesian space only flanked by its 3 axes, we are in reality at the very center of this representation.
2) Nothing can be said about the world that is not previously knowledge (s) having made sense.
Not only can the knowing subject in no way extract himself from his representation of the world, but he does not have any concept of representation which is not subject to the preliminary laws of formation of meaning.
It follows that the proposition "reality has form" is unprovable.
We will not come back to the idea according to which time and space are “something” in which reality would bathe, something “in addition” to reality and which therefore escapes this question of form.
1) the necessary presence of the subject at the centre of any representation,
2) the precedence of the laws of formation of meaning over meaning and therefore over form.