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Reading the Past in the Present

Huggett, Nick (2014) Reading the Past in the Present. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this paper I challenge David Albert's account of the knowledge asymmetry, arguing that an information gathering and utilizing system (IGUS) could know more of the past than can be inferred from Albert's system of Past Hypothesis, laws, and initial measure. To do so I provide a general physical/computational account of our knowledge of the past, based on the IGUS, and draw various conclusions about our limitations.


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Huggett, Nick
Additional Information: This paper is to appear in a collection of responses to David Albert's "Time and Chance", edited by Eric Winsberg and Barry Loewer.
Keywords: time, memory, knowledge asymmetry, statistical mechanics, past hypothesis, past
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Nick Huggett
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 14:11
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2017 14:11
Item ID: 12960
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 25 July 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12960

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