Bradford Skow F'12

Bradford  Skow
Associate Professor
Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2012
Associate Professor
Linguistics and Philosophy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Passage of Time

"We are all carried into the future by the relentless flow of time." This is a deep truth about the human condition. But just what truth is it? Is the "flow of time" an objective phenomenon, a process that involves time itself? Or is it merely a subjective phenomenon? This project provides a comprehensive defense of the claim that there is no "objective" flow of time. In making this argument, it examines whether and to what extent contemporary physics favors the claim that there is no objective flow of time; it says something about why, if there is no objective flow of time, there nevertheless seems to be; and it addresses questions about what attitudes each of us should have toward his past and his future if there is no objective flow of time.