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.

    Hi Jason,

       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/

Jason

Hi Jason,

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.

Onward!

Stephen

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