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Single Idea 22917

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Time / 1. Nature of Time / e. Eventless time]

Full Idea

Since, by definition, nothing happens in a temporal vacuum, there is no possible means of determining its length.

Gist of Idea

Since nothing occurs in a temporal vacuum, there is no way to measure its length


Robin Le Poidevin (Travels in Four Dimensions [2003], 02 'without change')

Book Reference

Le Poidevin,Robin: 'Travels in Four Dimensions' [OUP 2003], p.22

A Reaction

This is offered a part of a dubious proof that a temporal vacuum is impossible. I like Shoemaker's three worlds thought experiment, which tests this idea to the limit.

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Idea 8595 If three regions freeze every 3rd, 4th and 5th year, they all freeze together every 60 years [Shoemaker]