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"Throughout history, the idea that time is an illusion and that the laws of physics are fixed or ‘eternal’ has been a religious, philosophical and scientific commonplace. In Time Reborn: the Crisis of Physics and the Future of the Universe, Lee Smolin proposes a radically new hypothesis: that the laws of physics are not fixed, but that they evolve, in real time. This spectacular shift of viewpoint, forced on him by the logic of physics and philosophy, suggests that time and our experience of it passing is truly real. All the laws and everything else evolves within it.
This hypothesis not only opens up the possibility of resolving some of the big open issues in physics today, such as the nature of the quantum world and its unification with spacetime and cosmology. It also places profound importance on human agency, on how our social, political, economic and environmental choices directly affect the range of possible outcomes for the future of this planet.
Smolin argues that through consilience in the natural, social and political sciences around the concept that time is real and the future is open, we can summon the imaginative power to invent the communion of political organizations, technology and natural processes essential if we are to thrive sustainably beyond this century."
More about Lee Smolin:
"Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has been since 2001 a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His main contributions have been so far to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions, loop quantum gravity and deformed special relativity. He also contributes to cosmology, through his proposal of cosmological natural selection: a falsifiable mechanism to explain the choice of the laws of physics. He has also contributed to quantum field theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, theoretical biology, the philosophy of science and economics. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers and numerous essays and writings for the public on science....more
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A Whiteheadian Naturalism include Eight Categories of Existence:
All of these will be natural in the sense that (1) they are part of what we mean by the natural world or nature, and (2) they can be studied and explored in academic settings by means of human and natural sciences. The science of consciousness, for example, will be studying feelings and subjective forms of feeling. The science of linguistics will be studying the ways that "ideas" as articulated in language function in human life. The science of aesthetics will be studying many forms of contrast.
To these eight some Whiteheadians might include a ninth natural reality: God. God in Process and Reality is an actual entity with a certain kind of ultimacy. God's primordial nature is a cosmic mind filled with awareness of all the pure potentialities: a deep intelligence at the heart of the universe And God's consequent nature is a great Compassion who feels all the feelings (prehensions) that happen in the universe and responds with creative, and loving care. God is the everlasting Companion.