Studies on the Structure of Time: From Physics to Psycho(patho)logy

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Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 30, 2000 - Philosophy - 306 pages
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Every human being is aware of the flow of time. This fact is embodied in the existence of such notions as the past and the future, the two domains being separated from each other by the single moment of the present. While the past is regarded as fixed and definite, the future is viewed as unknown, uncertain, and undetermined. The only perceivable moment is the present, the `now' - the ever-changing point moving from the past into the future.
Physics tells us a different story: not only are the vast majority of physical laws time-reversible, but the concept of the `now' itself has no place at all in physics. In other words, the equations of physics do not distinguish between the past and the future and seem to be completely oblivious to the very idea of the present.
This book discusses the biological and psychological aspects of perception of time, and the problems related to the determination of location arising from quantum physics, together with comments and opinions from philosophers and physicists.
 

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Contents

An interdisciplinary approach looking at new scientific investigation methodologies
3
Memory Attention and Consciousness
15
Studies on the estimation of time
33
The perception of time
37
Subjective Time Versus Proper Clock Time
49
psychiatric patients perception
65
Time in biological systems
75
Temporal Aspects of Neuronal Binding
97
classical causality prediction retrodiction and the mathematical arrow of time
167
Scaling in cosmology and the arrow of time
191
First direct observation of TimeReversal NonInvariance
201
The Parameters of Temporal Correspondence in a Continuous State Conscious Universe
213
Bergsonian Time and System Maturation
241
Time Chaos Entropy
253
How was Time before time?
273
Three philosophical points about time
285

Do it with rhythm
107
Pregeometry and the TransTemporal Object
121
Quantum correlations large scale structure of the universe and temporal nonlocality
129
a Tool for Resolving the Enigma of Time?
137
Author index
293
Subject index
297
A Tool for Resolving the Enigma of Time? by Metod Saniga
301
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