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Romero, Gustavo E. (2015) Present time. Foundations of Science, 20. pp. 135-145. ISSN 1233-1821

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Abstract

The idea of a moving present or `now' seems to form part of our
most basic beliefs about reality. Such a present, however, is not re
ected in any
of our theories of the physical world. I show in this article that presentism, the
doctrine that only what is present exists, is in con
ict with modern relativistic
cosmology and recent advances in neurosciences. I argue for a tenseless view
of time, where what we call `the present' is just an emergent secondary quality
arising from the interaction of perceiving self-conscious individuals with their
environment. I maintain that there is no
ow of time, but just an ordered
system of events.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Romero, Gustavo E.gustavo.esteban.romero@gmail.com
Keywords: Ontology - spacetime - general relativity - quantum mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Gustavo E. Romero
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2018 16:08
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2018 16:08
Item ID: 14291
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Science
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-014-9356-0
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 135-145
Volume: 20
ISSN: 1233-1821
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14291

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