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Bappa

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Re: What are space and time?
Posted: Jul 20, 2010 10:50 PM
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On Jul 8, 12:40 pm, Immortalist <reanimater_2...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> What sort of things are they if they are things?

Space and time are measures of things, not things.

> One natural answer is that they comprise continua, three-dimensional
> in the case of space, one-dimensional in the case of time;


One-dimensional time in a single given spatial reference.


> that is to
> say that they consist of continuous manifolds, positions in which can
> be occupied by substances and events respectively, and which have an
> existence in their own right.


And measures given by time and space and also mass.

> It is in virtue of the occupancy of such positions that events and
> processes are to be seen as taking place after each other and
> substances are to be seen in certain spatial relations.


True, in a given spatial frame of reference.

> Or do space and time have properties of their own independent of the
> objects and events that they contain?


Had there been no objects, the concept of space would not arise. Had
there been no events, the concept of time would not arise.

> Did Einstein show, through his theory of relativity, that since space
> and time can change in shape and duration that space and time are more
> complex than just sustained perceptual constants?


Einstein was the most brillantly wrong analyst in the entire field of
science, and the sooner the world realises this fully, the better.

Cheers,
Arindam Banerjee
>
> Metaphysics - by D. W. Hamlynhttp://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0521286905/




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