Why ‘NOW’?

Why ‘NOW’? J Gen Philos Sci https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-018-9420-5 DI SCUSSION Peter J. Riggs Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract A recently published hypothesis on the nature of time by physicist Robert Muller seeks to provide an objective account of the present moment (the ‘now’) and the ‘flow’ of time. Muller also claims that his hypothesis makes testable predictions. It is shown that the predictions offered cannot be used to test Muller’s hypothesis, that the hypothesis (as presented) does not rate scientific status, has a number of questionable metaphysical premises, and is merely a re-fashioning of the Growing Block theory of time. Keywords Now  Flow of time  New time  Cosmological expansion  Growing block 1 Introduction Time is one of the deepest mysteries of the physical universe. Time seems all pervasive. The enigmatic nature of time combined with our temporal awareness led a prominent commentator to once describe time as ‘‘the familiar stranger’’ (Fraser 1987)—this is especially the case for the moment of time referred to as ‘the present’ (or the ‘now’). Most people accept that the ‘now’ has a singular significance, i.e. one of ontological privilege for the ‘now’ is the time at which we http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for General Philosophy of Science Springer Journals

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; History, general; Philosophy of Education; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
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0925-4560
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1572-8587
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10.1007/s10838-018-9420-5
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J Gen Philos Sci https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-018-9420-5 DI SCUSSION Peter J. Riggs Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract A recently published hypothesis on the nature of time by physicist Robert Muller seeks to provide an objective account of the present moment (the ‘now’) and the ‘flow’ of time. Muller also claims that his hypothesis makes testable predictions. It is shown that the predictions offered cannot be used to test Muller’s hypothesis, that the hypothesis (as presented) does not rate scientific status, has a number of questionable metaphysical premises, and is merely a re-fashioning of the Growing Block theory of time. Keywords Now  Flow of time  New time  Cosmological expansion  Growing block 1 Introduction Time is one of the deepest mysteries of the physical universe. Time seems all pervasive. The enigmatic nature of time combined with our temporal awareness led a prominent commentator to once describe time as ‘‘the familiar stranger’’ (Fraser 1987)—this is especially the case for the moment of time referred to as ‘the present’ (or the ‘now’). Most people accept that the ‘now’ has a singular significance, i.e. one of ontological privilege for the ‘now’ is the time at which we

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Journal for General Philosophy of ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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