Physics and Our Intuitive Outlook on Time

  • Christoph von der MalsburgEmail author


This discussion is an attempt to reconcile our ideas of physical time with those of psychological time. Based on accepted arguments from relativity and on a much less accepted interpretation of quantum phenomena I am adopting a picture of physical time which accords equal and full reality status to all moments in time. This seems to be in sharp conflict with our intuitive outlook, according to which the future has no reality yet and is open to the decisions of our free will. I will show that this conflict is due to a flawed concept of free will and its relationship to determinism.


Present Moment Intuitive Notion Lower Tier Past Light Cone Intuitive Outlook 
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I would like to thank Carver Mead for sharing his ideas and deep insights with me in a number of intensely delightful and memorable discussions, discussions that were instrumental in precipitating the views on the nature of quantum phenomena that I am expressing here.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Neuroinformatik and Department of Physics and AstronomyRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer Science, and Program in NeurosciencesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Frankfurt Institute for Advanced StudiesFrankfurt am MainGermany

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