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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: Time Complementarity in the Inflaton Spacetime Model by Richard P Dolan [refresh]
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Richard P Dolan wrote on Aug. 25, 2008 @ 18:36 GMT
Essay Abstract

In the inflaton spacetime model, there is an inherent duality between the block universe view of time and our view of time that flows. These views are complementary in the same sense as the wave and particle views of the photon. While the laws of physics see the block universe, we only see time that flows because we are made of the flow of time.

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Richard Dolan is an independent researcher who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work can be roughly described as trying to bring metaphysical subjects such as ontology and consciousness into the domain of physics. A purely physical outgrowth of this work, his inflaton spacetime model, was recently published. His paper on predictive metaphysics, which contains the motivation and justification for his spacetime model, has been submitted for publication.

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Kathy Davie wrote on Nov. 9, 2008 @ 19:06 GMT
I liked this! On the whole, it was very readable and understandable. It rather reminded me of the thinking behind Ray Kurzweil's Singularity is Near.

Very good! Thank you!

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Cristi Stoica wrote on Dec. 13, 2008 @ 07:31 GMT
Dear Richard,

Interesting approach, especially the idea of time as a recurrent creation of points.

Best regards,

Cristi Stoica

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