On Jul 8, 4:42 am, Giga2 <justho...@yahoo.com> wrote: > On 8 July, 03:40, Immortalist <reanimater_2...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > > > > > What sort of things are they if they are things? > > > One natural answer is that they comprise continua, three-dimensional > > in the case of space, one-dimensional in the case of time; 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. > > > 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. > > > Or do space and time have properties of their own independent of the > > objects and events that they contain? > > > 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? > > > Metaphysics - by D. W. Hamlynhttp://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0521286905/ > > I think one fundamental aspect of Einstein's idea of spacetime is that > it is a single 'thing'.
In four dimemsions. When is 1 = 4? A family? When the things on each side of the equation aren't of the same type.
Sometimes philosophies that fit in a nutshell, belong there.