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By Bas C. Van Fraassen

An introductory, old survey of philosophical positions on house and time, throughout the unique idea of relativity and the causal idea of time.

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Neither is dead, but molecular genetics did at one time appear to have done the reductionist trick, both in evolutionary theory and in embryology.  Maynard Smith's acrostic paradox—how to effect by selection the transition from one encoded character to another without going through a disadaptive or nonsense combination—is the least of these.  Thomist logic, of the kind which set off the endless sterile argument over first causes, is heuristically quite ineffective: it assumes that the logic of reality is the same as our logic, which it almost certainly isn't.

The debate is over which mathematical treatment is most effective as a predictive tool.  What we are now looking at is the prospect of Jungian physics: a physics model compatible with observation which also addressed the image­forming mechanism, and possibly even the nonlocality, of the mind.  Viewing the Aquarian Rev­ Page 24 olution one can well understand the irritation of some serious mathematical physicists at the activities of a new brood of Rosicrucians coming out of the woodwork.  No subject more attracts the devotees of the 'paranormal' than the quantum theory of measurement.

These rapid flashes of energy are sufficiently like one another to remain imperceptible to us.  However, the inertness of the grain was only in appearance.  The other declares that the movement advances by separate flashes of energy which follow each other at such small intervals that these intervals are almost nonexistent.

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