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dc.contributor.authorSimes, Marken_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T22:05:08Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/15242
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation seeks to examine the essential nature of time--both the concept in physics, biology, and philosophy, and the phenomenon in life and culture--with the ultimate goal of deepening our understanding of the empirical manifestation of time in human mental experience. It thus engages with both philosophy and with empirical science, natural as well as humanistic, in the paradigms of history, social theory, fundamental (or philosophical) anthropology, as well as with human neuroscience. The central argument is that while time is not an empirical phenomenon in physics - time itself is not an absolute quality of matter - one can make a certain argument for the real existence of time in biology, and still a different argument for a unique, linear phenomenon of time that derives from the specific human, cultural, experience. To make these arguments the dissertation devotes attention to the analysis of both the concept of time and the empirical phenomenon to which it refers successively in physics, biology, philosophy and history/sociology. Arriving at the conclusion that the linear concept of time (the causally significant relationship between the past, present and future) reflects a phenomenon that is uniquely human and suggests the ways in which this experience is necessarily reflected in the brain.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectNeurosciencesen_US
dc.subjectCategories of knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectMentalismen_US
dc.subjectMinden_US
dc.subjectPhilosophy of biologyen_US
dc.subjectSpace and timeen_US
dc.subjectTimeen_US
dc.titleTempora Mutantur: an examination of time in physics, biology, and human mental experienceen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2016-03-12T07:14:18Z
dc.description.embargo2022-02-26T00:00:00Z
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
etd.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
etd.degree.disciplineUniversity Professorsen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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