Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time: Bohm, Prigogine, and Process Philosophy

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David Ray Griffin
SUNY Press, 1986 - Science - 322 pages
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Physics and the Ultimate Significance of Time challenges the conventional view of the nature of time. The dominant twentieth-century view, supported by Einstein and many of the founders of quantum theory, implies that time is ultimately unreal. Several new schools of thought reject the notion that physics is temporally symmetrical, and that time could just as easily run backwards. Combating this conventional view of time, this book offers three new viewpoints and explores their apparent differences.
Nobel prize winner Ilya Prigogine argues that irreversibility and asymmetry are more fundamental than reversibility and symmetry. David Bohm notes that while conventional notions about physics and the worldview it suggests have been based upon exclusive attention to the explicate order, quite another view results when primary attention is focused on the implicate order. And the growing school of process philosophy based on Alfred North Whitehead s work holds that irreversible temporal relations characterize the most elementary components of the world, implying the heretical view that time exists for a single electron or atom."
 

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Contents

Time and the Fallacy
1
Evolutionary Epistemology
51
Dynamic Asymmetrical Internal
81
Time in the Earlier and Later Whitehead
87
Contemporaneity Knowledge
110
Whiteheads Later View on Space
122
Bohm and Time
154
Bohm and Process Philosophy
167
Implicate Order
231
FarfromEquilibrium
251
Einstein Time and Process Time
264
Process Time and Static Time
271
Physics and Metaphysics Henry
278
Comments on Henry Stapps Einstein
289
The Unreality and Indeterminacy of
297
On the Ultimate Significance of Time
309

Time the Implicate Order and PreSpace
177
A Response to David Bohms
209
Time and HigherOrder Wholeness
219
Notes on Contributors
318
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David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the School of Theology at Claremont and Claremont Graduate School and Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies.

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