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George Jaroszkiewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.001.0001

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Illusionary images of time

Illusionary images of time

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(p.89) 8 Illusionary images of time
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Images of Time
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George Jaroszkiewicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.003.0008

Some models of time do not match the human experience of time ‘flowing’ or passing. This chapter touches upon those models that suggest that this experience is an illusion. The Block Universe model is a contextually incomplete geometric model of spacetime that explicitly fails to describe our feeling of the ‘now’ or the moment of the present. The chapter discusses this and the phenomenon of persistence and transtemporality, that conspire to give us the impression that things exist or endure in time. The chapter discusses the extreme form of this, the so-called problem of time in quantum cosmology, which suggests that the wave-function of the universe is changeless and that time does not exist on the cosmological level.

Keywords:   Block Universe, spacetime, moment of the now, persistence, transtemporality, quantum cosmology, wave function of universe, problem of time

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