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
Journal for General Philosophy of Science – Springer Journals
Published: May 28, 2018
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