The Far Horizons of Time: Time and Mind in the Universe

The Far Horizons of Time: Time and Mind in the Universe

by H. Chris Ransford

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Overview

What is Time? Assuming no prior specialized knowledge by the reader, the book raises specific, hitherto overlooked questions about how time works, such as how and why anyone can be made to be, at the very same instant, simultaneous with events that are actually days apart. It examines abiding issues in the physics of time or at its periphery which still elude a full explanation ― such as delayed choice experiments, the brain's perception of time during saccadic masking, and more ― and suggests that these phenomena can only exist because they ultimately obey applicable mathematics, thereby agreeing with a modern view that the universe and everything within it, including the mind, are ultimately mathematical structures. It delves into how a number of conundrums, such as the weak Anthropic Principle, could be resolved, and how such resolutions could be tested experimentally. All its various threads converge towards a same new vision of the ultimate essence of time, seen as a side effect from a deeper reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110440270
Publisher: De Gruyter Poland
Publication date: 04/24/2015
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.01(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

H. Chris Ransford, INPG, Grenoble, France

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements & Thanks vi

Introduction viii

Prologue: Walk Towards A Distant Star x

1 Time ? Part 1 1

2 When is Now? 2

3 The Time Explorer's Toolkit 4

4 Infinity & Infinities 15

5 Our Quantized Reality: Life in the Strobe Lights 20

6 A Surprisingly Puzzling Reality 24

7 Wave Functions: Mathematics Is Reality 26

8 The Most Complex Object in the Known Universe 32

9 Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (aka Indeterminacy) 36

10 Time - Part 2: the Guises of Time 38

10.1 Time as an Emergent Property? 38

10.2 Time as a Dimension? 44

11 Gödel Universes? 51

12 Big Bangs 57

13 Bubbles of Time 62

14 Multiverse Scenarios 67

15 In Search of OM 73

End Notes 83

Further Reading 107

Index 111

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