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StumbleUpon sends me not to erotica finally...
Cause and effect. I found an interesting "physics" article this morning.
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First, imagine a large boulder at the top of a hill. The boulder begins rolling downhill. Now freeze the action with the boulder midway along its descent. Call this the boulder's present. At this point in time, Sheehan says the boulder is being influenced both by its past (when it was atop the hill) and by its future (when it will come to rest at the bottom of the hill). The boulder's current position midway down the hill cannot happen without the effect of both the past and the future.

“The present is always a negotiation between the past and the future,” said Sheehan.

Or think about this: You're invited to a Saturday wedding. On Friday, you go to the barber for a haircut. As you sit in the chair, the future is influencing the present. The wedding hasn't happened. It may not happen at all. And yet its possibility changes what will be the past.
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Now, within the cause-effect paradigm, isn't it past knowledge affecting the future? The acquisition of knowledge, even about future events, is the past influencing the present. It is, in itself, a past event. Knowledge doesn't float about a-temporally.

The boulder example is forces acting on something as well. I'm not sure you can say the potential "energy" of the wedding is really influencing the haircut. But, how do you quantify the effects of knowledge which isn't a measurable force as far as we know. It's not remotely similr to speak of a boulder rolling as equivalent to getting your haircut. You can't measure influences in the latter.

Non falsifiable reasoning. Jerks!

I think this article is kinda dumb...

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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 1st, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 1st, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sent you an email. *hug*
abmann From: abmann Date: July 1st, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read it. I'm not going to respond right now.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 1st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok.

Loves.
sculplady From: sculplady Date: July 1st, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love physics. I think maybe because it's like conceptual art.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 1st, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Artist to the end! :)

I like physics a whole lot, especially electromagnetism. But this is philosophical bull dookie. It's trying to relate two concepts through vague mathematics that are completely mathematically dissimilar, fundamentally different. If they don't make an effort to show how it all relates, what's the point?

Now, were it art, I wouldn't be bothered. Bt they're trying to pass it off as logical reasoning.
sculplady From: sculplady Date: July 2nd, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen the movie 'What the Bleep do we Know?' If not, you should.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: July 1st, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Way to own those jerkfaces. Aristotle already figured out temporality anyway. The past is no more, the future is not yet, and the present can't have duration without including bits of the past and the future. Screw time!
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: July 1st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I once put my penis in time.

Oh wait, I mean your mom.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 2nd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that was my favorite your mom joke yet.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: July 1st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish more articles I read ended with:

QED Jerks!

It would warm my heart with the glow of awesome.
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