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What can we learn about physical laws from the fact that we have memories only of the past?

Norton, JD (2000) What can we learn about physical laws from the fact that we have memories only of the past? International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 14 (1). 11 - 23. ISSN 0269-8595

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Not much. I demonstrate this by constructing a model of a memory system governed by deterministic, time reversible laws only, thereby showing that the mere fact of our having memories solely of the past does not necessitate an indeterministic, time asymmetric or stochastic physics, essentially thermodynamic processes or a primitive notion of time asymmetric causation. © 2000 Inter-University Foundation.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Norton, JDjdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: 1 December 2000
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Volume: 14
Number: 1
Page Range: 11 - 23
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/026985900111873
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0269-8595
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 13:43
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12570

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