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A Model of the UniverseSpace-Time, Probability, and Decision$
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Storrs McCall

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.001.0001

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The Model

The Model

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A Model of the Universe

Storrs McCall

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to show a model of the universe that can illuminate, perhaps even resolve, some difficult philosophical problems, such as the problems of the direction and flow of time; what causation consists of; the nature of scientific laws; the interpretation of quantum mechanics; objective probability; counterfactuals and related conditionals; the identity of individuals across possible worlds; essential properties; and lastly the nature of practical reason and decision, and the problem of free will. The universe tree can be regarded as a huge cosmic entity, depending neither for its existence nor for its nature upon being cognized by a conscious intelligence. Although on many of its branches, and at its first branch point, conscious intelligences presently do exist, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case.

Keywords:   universe model, universe, philosophical problems, scientific laws, intelligence, theory of relativity

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