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    J. T Fraser(Author)

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"Only a wayfarer born under unruly stars would attempt to put into practice in our epoch of proliferating knowledge the Heraclitean dictum that `men who love wisdom must be inquirers into very many things indeed.'" Thus begins this remarkable interdisciplinary study of time by a master of the subject. And while developing a theory of "time as conflict," J. T. Fraser does offer "many things indeed"--an enormous range of ideas about matter, life, death, evolution, and value.

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"This is an extremely valuable and unusual book--original, witty, and aware of immense ranges of contemporary thought."--David Park, Washington Post Book World"This is an important book about an important subject, the nature of time. . . . [Fraser] draws upon the spectrum of disciplines and illustrates that the theme of time can provide a common ground for discourse between specializations. The coverage is wide, and the book is tightly packed with information, but Fraser's driving enthusiasm makes it interesting and enriching."--Francis C. Haber, American Scientist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 529 pages
  • J. T Fraser(Author)
  • G. Braziller; First Edition edition (1975)
  • English
  • 6
  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By A customer on January 17, 1999

    A most thorough and engaging book which researches and elucidates a huge number of facets of the difficult (and somewhat neglected) topic of time. The book is mainly a survey of concepts and less the presentation of an argument.

  • By Bruce Caithness on January 12, 2013

    Julius Thomas Fraser, (born May 7, 1923 in Budapest, Hungary - died November 21, 2010 in Westport, Connecticut) was the founder of the International Society for the Study of Time and author of "Of Time, Passion and Knowledge" (1975) and many other works. In "Time, Conflict and Human Values" (1999) he wrote: "Science does not supply absolute certainty; that can come only from unquestioned dogma. What good science does is this: it raises the incomprehensible to the level of the obvious, and then it shows that the new obvious is incomprehensible. I should add immediately that good art is always both obvious and incomprehensible, and therefore paradoxical". Fraser was obviously not only a timesmith but also a wordsmith.In his work on the theory of time as conflict he articulated that the search for truth is prompted by the mind's propensity for whatever is enduring, whatever seems to defy death, and that a working definition of truth is the recognition of permanence in reality. However, as there is no permanence, knowing what is believed to be true has been a perennial source of unresolved conflicts. His hypothetical conclusion is that the historical function of the search for truth has been the creation of conflicts, and through them, social, cultural, and personal change: an evolutionary model.Alexander Argyros referred to and elaborated upon Fraser's world view in a book "A Blessed Rage for Order: Deconstruction, Evolution, and Chaos" 1991 and linked Fraser's hierarchical view of time with that of Karl Popper's three worlds. Like Popper, Fraser and Argyros recognized that the best available model for the universe is an evolutionary one. Upper levels of organization are constrained by lower levels but not reducible to them. Above a certain degree of complexity all computers become increasingly upredictable. Even mathematics, as Russell and Whitehead corroborated is not a source of timeless verities.The theory of time as conflict is that time can be conceived as a nested hierarchy of unresolvable conflicts:atemporal -blank sheet of paperobjects travelling at speed of lightblack hole/Big Bangcausation has no meaningprototemporal -fragmented shaft of an arrowpartical-waves travelling at less than speed of lightinstants may be specified only statisticallyprobabilistic causation joins prototemporal eventseotemporal -shaft of an arrowcountable and orderable without a preferred directionnowless timephysical mattertime orientable but not time orienteddeterministic causation joins eotemporal eventsbiotemporal -short arrowfuture, past, present,limited temporal horizonsorganic presentsimultaneities of necessityorganic intentionality directed toward concrete goals and serving the continuity of the organism's lifemultiple and final causationrigid programming gives way to dynamic programmingnootemporal -long straight arrow"You'll come to me out of the long ago"intentionality directed towards concrete or symbolic goalsserving continued integrity of the self.human actions are connected through symbolic causes known as ideasthe possibility of choice among ideas and corresponding actions is known as human freedomideas can produce responses to imaginary challengessociotemporal -A society is a group of people with a family of conflicts that defines themand distinguishes them from other societies.man has capacity to change social institutions in response to symbolic causesKarl Popper's Philosophy of Science: Rationality Without FoundationsA Blessed Rage for Order: Deconstruction, Evolution, and Chaos (Studies in Literature and Science)Time: The Familiar Stranger [ illustrated]Time, Conflict, and Human ValuesTime and Time Again: Reports from a Boundary of the Universe (Supplements to the Study of Time)


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