In all three classes, we had very interesting and intense discussions of the ontology of time, meaning, what exactly is it?
This is a space to extend the conversation about whether time is the same thing as change, whether the past and future are "real," and whether our measurements of time are trustworthy. You can also consider how time ties into ethics, as in Buddhism.
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I'll start us off by referring back to Hugh Mellor's quote on time from the Ontology 101 packet: "Nothing about past, present and future is built into time. What IS built into time is the difference between earlier and later," which is like the difference between "north and south." Time has a "direction," but it does not have future and past as really existing things. "We are 'reading' into the world something that [is part of] our relation to it." (Incidentally, that'd mean Parmenides is wrong, and time travel is impossible.)
What do you think??