On 7/22/2011 2:11 AM, Jason Resch wrote:
On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 12:44 AM, Stephen P. King
<stephe...@charter.net <mailto:stephe...@charter.net>> wrote:
On 7/22/2011 1:24 AM, Jason Resch wrote:
All the relevant parts of relativity which imply block time
have been confirmed. The above is like arguing against
gravity because Newton's theory wasn't compatible with the
observations of Mercury's orbit.
Could you be more specific? Exactly which "relevant parts which
imply block time have been confirmed" and how?
Special relativity, time dilation due to speed, non simultaneity of
events reported by observers in different reference frames, and so on.
And to Brent's point, regarding the conflict between relativity and
QM, that issue is with GR, SR is not in conflict with QM.
This paper explains it well: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/2408/
I will check that paper, thanks! But here is the thing about the
implications of relativity of simultaneity: Since it prohibits any form
of absolute synchronization of events, this in turn restricts how the
entire space-time manifold can be considered as parceled up into
space-like and time like regions. In other words, there cannot exist a
single Cauchy hypersurface what acts as the set of initial (or final)
conditions for a GR field equation for the entire universe. Given this
restriction, how is it possible to even imagine that a block universe is
possible? Forget that the observables of state vectors of objects in the
universe must be partitioned in terms of mutual commutativity which
requires some notion of simultaneity for each of those objects. HA!
How does the block time idea work given these restrictions? Please
check out the non-narratability problem. If any kind of block universe
or time idea is going to work then it has this to deal with.
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