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Reconciling temporal experience with physical time: an integration of phenomenology, neuropsychology, and physics

Anderson Jr., Robert / M. and Davis, Alexandra / T. Reconciling temporal experience with physical time: an integration of phenomenology, neuropsychology, and physics. UNSPECIFIED.

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Many philosophers and physicists have come to believe that the human experience of time and time as described by physics are incommensurable. Some claim that temporal experience is not veridical or does not even exist. Others claim that theories such as relativity or thermodynamics are faulty. In this paper, we demonstrate how human temporal experience and these theories can be seen as compatible. When relativity and thermodynamics are applied locally, the incompatibility becomes vanishingly small. We interpret the human experience of the neuropsychologically defined specious present within the special and general theories of relativity using causal bicones and the Newtonian limit. We then expand this interpretation to include the human experience of transience and the past-present-future arrow of time. Finally, we explain how the human experience of the thermodynamic arrow, self-organizing systems arrow, and epistemological arrow of time is consistent with the physics of these arrows.


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Anderson Jr., Robert / M.robert.anderson@chaminade.edu0000-0002-3745-8926
Davis, Alexandra / T.alexandra.davis1@student.chaminade.edu
Keywords: temporal experience; relativity theory; self-organization arrow of time; specious present; Newtonian limit; Alexandroff interval; thermodynamic arrow of time
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Robert M. Anderson Jr.
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 13:44
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 13:44
Item ID: 21294
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Page Range: pp. 1-47
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21294

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