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Studies on the Structure of Time

From Physics to Psycho(patho)logy

  • Rosolino Buccheri
  • Vito Di Gesù
  • Metod Saniga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rosolino Buccheri
      Pages 3-12
  3. Biological and Psychological Aspects of Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Richard A. Block, Dan Zakay
      Pages 15-31
    3. Maurizio Cardaci
      Pages 33-36
    4. Wolfgang Hanke
      Pages 37-48
    5. Ronald P. Gruber, Lawrence F. Wagner, Richard A. Block
      Pages 49-63
    6. Maria Alice Pereira, Maria Cecília Moraes Scatena, Renata Curi Labate
      Pages 65-74
    7. Jonathan D.H. Smith
      Pages 75-96
    8. Alfredo Pereira Jr., Armando Rocha
      Pages 97-105
    9. Davide Marocco, Orazio Miglino, Richard Walker
      Pages 107-117
  4. Quantum Physics and Arrow of Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Mark Stuckey
      Pages 121-128
    3. Menas Kafatos, Sisir Roy, Richard Amoroso
      Pages 191-200
    4. Danilo Zavrtanik
      Pages 201-209
  5. Real or Illusive Time?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211

About this book


Every human being is aware of the flow of time. This fact is embodied in the existence of such notions as the past and the future, the two domains being separated from each other by the single moment of the present. While the past is regarded as fixed and definite, the future is viewed as unknown, uncertain, and undetermined. The only perceivable moment is the present, the `now' - the ever-changing point moving from the past into the future.
Physics tells us a different story: not only are the vast majority of physical laws time-reversible, but the concept of the `now' itself has no place at all in physics. In other words, the equations of physics do not distinguish between the past and the future and seem to be completely oblivious to the very idea of the present.
This book discusses the biological and psychological aspects of perception of time, and the problems related to the determination of location arising from quantum physics, together with comments and opinions from philosophers and physicists.


algebraic geometry attention chaos cosmology geometry invariance perception quantum physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosolino Buccheri
    • 1
  • Vito Di Gesù
    • 2
  • Metod Saniga
    • 3
  1. 1.IFCAI-CNRPaIennoItaly
  2. 2.University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Astronomical InstituteSlovak Academy of SciencesTatranskli LomnicaSlovak Republic

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