A computer’s arrow of time

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014. Some researchers believe that the psychological or consciousness arrow of time is a consequence of the thermodynamic arrow. Some do not. As for many issues in this area, the disagreement revolves about fundamental and undebatable assumptions. As a contribution to this standoff I consider the extent to which a computer—presumably governed by nothing more than the thermodynamic arrow— can be said to possess a psychological arrow. My contention is that the parallels are sufficiently strong that little room is left for an independent psychological arrow. Reservations are nevertheless expressed on the complete objectivity of the thermodynamic arrow.




Schulman, L. S. (2014). A computer’s arrow of time. In Direction of Time (pp. 275–285). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02798-2_22

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