The Carousel of Time: Theory of Knowledge and Acceleration of Time

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 2, 2020 - Philosophy - 304 pages

Based around the image of a carousel, this book uses epistemological theory to tackle the paradoxical acceleration and deceleration of time that is experienced by many. The consequence of this paradox is the observance of the past, present and future coinciding, where acceleration is combined with perfect immobility. The Carousel of Time proposes a model that focuses on a complex network of individual actors, and their relation to the analysis, structure and evolution of our socio-cognitive space–time. The first part of the book, "Foundations", presents the key bases of this model, as well as the notions that must be understood and integrated. The book then analyzes the concept of "Space", defining the parameters of the network’s boundaries, and finishes with an exploration of "Time". This third part links the temporality of the network to its spatial characteristics and studies its evolution.

 

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Contents

Information Communication and Learning
3
Selforganization and Natural Complexity
23
Human Memory as a Selforganized Natural System
41
Hypotheses Linked to the Model
63
Scope Dimensions Measurements and Mobilizations
83
Provisional Regionalization and Final Homogenization
113
Propensities to Communicate the Specious
143
Déjàvu and the Specious Present
171
The Acceleration of Time Presentism and Entropy
187
Temporal Disruptions
213
Conclusion
235
References
249
Index
269
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Bernard Ancori is Professor Emeritus of Epistemology and History of Science at the University of Strasbourg, and Researcher at The Henri Poincaré Archives – Philosophy and Research on Science and Technology, France.

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