Chapter

The Model

Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236221
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236221.003.0001

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Model

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This chapter attempts to show a model of the universe that can illuminate, perhaps even resolve, some difficult philosophical problems, such as the problems of the direction and flow of time; what causation consists of; the nature of scientific laws; the interpretation of quantum mechanics; objective probability; counterfactuals and related conditionals; the identity of individuals across possible worlds; essential properties; and lastly the nature of practical reason and decision, and the problem of free will. The universe tree can be regarded as a huge cosmic entity, depending neither for its existence nor for its nature upon being cognized by a conscious intelligence. Although on many of its branches, and at its first branch point, conscious intelligences presently do exist, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case.

Keywords: universe model; universe; philosophical problems; scientific laws; intelligence; theory of relativity

Chapter.  8125 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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