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Tuesday

Time and movement


If there were no minds, would physical time be absent, too?

Aristotle raised the philosophical question: "Whether, if mind did not exist, time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be some one to count there cannot be anything that can be counted..." [Physics].

He doesn't answer his own question because, he says rather profoundly, it depends on whether time is the conscious numbering of movement or instead is just the capability of movement's being numbered were consciousness to exist. Aristotle's distinction foreshadows the modern distinction between psychological time and physical time.

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