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Edward Green

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Re: What are space and time?
Posted: Aug 10, 2010 8:29 PM
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On Jul 7, 10:40 pm, 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?


Not in my way of looking at things. Space and time are abstractions of
the observed regularity of events.

What are the legal precedents for surveying after an earthquake?

(That question isn't necessarily intended to be deeply related to what
came before, but is an interesting question about "space".)

> 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?


I don't know what that means.

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



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