Saturday, November 01, 2008

On outer and inner space walks (3)

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"If Bergson believed anything," Hartshorne writes, "it was the asymmetry of time, the openness of the future and determinateness of the past." But Bergson, Hartshorne argues, too readily forgot that the denial of determinism, so central to his project, rests on the denial of the symmetry of time. Determinism, Hartshorne urges, following Peirce and Bergson himself, takes an essentially symmetrical view of time. That is why, on Laplace's model, one can as readily retrodict the past as predict the future, given an adequate knowledge of the present state of the world and its unchanging laws. The core of Bergson's message was that the determinism that negates human freedom and closes the open fuĀ­ture arises in a false analogy between time and space: Space is an affair of mutual exclusion of elements, "whereas time is an affair of mutual inclusion." By preserving a certain symmetry in both space and time, Hartshorne argues, Bergson compromises the ultimate asymmetry of time and falls into "The most glaring confusion in Time and Free Will."

Voodling in an utterly condensed environment, Sam Renseiw lost track of linear space and time coordinates. View the unfolding of complex views, featuring a temple, a pond, a tea house, several meandering gardens, a veranda, a bridge, a side shrine, a walled dry -garden, a large covered porch , a daruma monk painting and a closing sign, all condensed in a simple travelling shot. Ciick here or on the links above to view. (patafilm # 639, 03'02'', 14.7MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at

Today's Bonus Lumiere Video features another prosaic view at the condensation of time and space while moving. [Lum # 159b " kyoto taxiing", 4.6MB, Quicktime/mov)

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