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Beyond the Dynamical UniverseUnifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced$
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Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey, and Timothy McDevitt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198807087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198807087.001.0001

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Relational Blockworld: Experience, Time, and Space Reintegrated

Relational Blockworld: Experience, Time, and Space Reintegrated

(p.348) 8 Relational Blockworld: Experience, Time, and Space Reintegrated
Beyond the Dynamical Universe

Michael Silberstein

W.M. Stuckey

Timothy McDevitt

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 argues that the Relational Blockworld (RBW) account naturally admits a kind of neutral monism that simultaneously deflates the generation/hard problem and explains time as experienced. Thus, the claim that the block universe is incompatible with time as experienced is refuted. The first section sets the stage, the second focuses on the Passage of time, and the third focuses on the Direction of time. Section four argues that embodied, embedded, and extended cognitive science and phenomenology support the neutral monism of RBW. The fifth section focuses on freedom, spontaneity, and creativity in RBW. Objections to the block universe picture based on free will in human action and creativity and spontaneity in the universe writ large are refuted. It is shown that RBW has all the freedom, creativity, and spontaneity anyone could reasonably hope for. Section six characterizes Presence in detail, and its relation to time as experienced is discussed.

Keywords:   block universe, hard problem, neutral monism, time as experienced, Passage of time, Direction of time, Presence and time, embodied cognitive science, free will, creativity

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