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 P - Present


Present: Now, at this time, neither the past nor the future.

In one sene, everyone knows what the present is, and tends to understand by it what psychologists call "the specious present" and everyone who speaks a natural language knows some terminology and and grammatical and logical rules for them that express time and tense; in another sense it is difficult to define clearly, and comes with problems.

One problem is when it is now - yes, now: but also one millionth of one millionth of a second ago, or not? - and whether time is infinitely divisible, and what are the differences between a physical sense of "now" and a psychological sense of the same.


See also: Temporal Logic, Time,



 Original: Aug 31, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 September 2005.   Top