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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: Time: The Anima of Being by William C Hagen [refresh]
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William C Hagen wrote on Dec. 1, 2008 @ 10:53 GMT
Essay Abstract

The nexus between life and time is described as the anima which distinguishes between animate and inanimate material. Because of the problems associated with a direct study of time, an indirect approach is made whereas the characteristics of processes such as entropy, the movement of celestial bodies, and life are studied. The conclusion drawn is that life is so closely entwined with time that the two cannot be separated. A physiologic seat of time awareness is identified and the psychological effect on the evolution of our culture discussed.

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William C. Hagen is a retired Aero-Space Business Operations manager. He has taken a Juris Doctors degree from the University of Santa Clara's Law School and has a BA in Psychology. He is largely self taught in philosophy, physics, and mathmatics.

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Cristi Stoica wrote on Dec. 14, 2008 @ 07:27 GMT
Dear Dr. Hagen,

I enjoyed reading your essay, in which you propose that “anima is time made apparent”. You provided a deep and broad perspective on time and its relations with life. In relation to your suggestions, “We are in need of a calculus with temporal indifference”, and “alternative temporal topologies are possible”, the II-nd section of my essay contains a proposal which I hope to be a modest step in this direction.

Best wishes,

Cristi Stoica

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