Single Idea 15194

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space-Time / 3. Space-Time]

Full Idea

Smith argues that the theories of time which appear in the Special and General Theories of Relativity and in orthodox quantum mechanics are false metaphysical theories, based on verificationist assumptions.

Gist of Idea

Time, as it appears in standard modern science, is bad verificationist metaphysics

Source

report of Quentin Smith (Absolute Simultaneity and Infinity of Time [1998]) by Robin Le Poidevin - Intro to 'Questions of Time and Tense' 4

Book Reference

'Questions of Time and Tense', ed/tr. Le Poidevin,R [OUP 2002], p.7


A Reaction

I wouldn't have to confidence to stand up to the panoply of modern scientists, but I am glad Quentin Smith is having a go. I love Shoemaker's three worlds example, which defies all physics.

Related Idea

Idea 8595 If three regions freeze every 3rd, 4th and 5th year, they all freeze together every 60 years [Shoemaker]