It's about time

I figured that, despite the fact I really should get some sleep in anticipation of work tomorrow, I needed to catch up a bit on my New Yorker reading. Because they don't have the New Yorker Down South. And it's the food issue, which should be great, so I started reading a bit of the Talk of the Town, which I assume everyone reads anyway so I normally wouldn't bother mentioning in TWitNY. But given my commitment to blogging all things time-related as well as almost fatalistic obsession with determinism, I thought I needed to excerpt the following:

For us believing physicists, the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one. … On top of that, Einstein was a determinist--the outcome of everything is already knowable."

Then it goes on to briefly mention quantum theory, which does throw a monkey wrench in things, but not in a way that's remotely useful to proponents of free will. But anyway.


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