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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Theories of Time and the Possibility of Time Travel

There are various competing theories of the nature of time. Besides a lecture, a story with many different endings will be presented to help explain the complex rules and distinctions between each competing theory, such as: Presentism, Eternalism, the Growing Block Theory, the Multiple Universes View, and Idealism. Presentism is the view that only the present really exists. Eternalism is the view that the past, present, and the future are all equally real. The Growing Block Theory is the view that the past and the present are real. The Multiple Universes View states that since the Big Crunch is followed by another Big Bang, there are an infinite number of universes, which could resemble Earth, which could be traveled to by going far into the future. Idealism is the view that the world consists of experiences caused by God, who could cause someone to have experiences as of the past.

Presenter: Nicholas Buckner (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Philosophy
Location: 30 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)