The Future of… 8 – Future, Present, Past
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
June 22, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Because the implied past and set of possible futures is a set or a larger set of possible nexts, it is probabilistic.
Rick Rosner: I see the present as the way in which existence—I see the present moment as always, the most defined moment in a timeline, and before and after the present moment. You have probable past and future moments.
People build whole theories about one of those possible moments have real existences, like Multi-Worlds Theory, even Multi-Futures theory. You can talk about Multi-Pasts Theory.
Jacobsen: Also, to clarify, we should probably say world line rather than timeline.
Rosner: Yes, sorry, world line. The limited amount of information that we have—we have limited information about the present. There are many possible presents. We don’t know what is happening on another planet or in another country at this moment.
Same with the universe. It is basing judgments on limited information. The idea that you can get exactly back to a past moment. I don’t think is admissible under the laws of quantum mechanics. There are some instances in which you can do that under General and Special Relativity.
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen
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