The probables in the Potential Future use Bayesian hooks into the events of Now to continuously form Reality
We continue discussing the Time Path, with a closer look at what must be happening when potential events become real events. We examine the natural flow of probable uncertainties that seem to be at play. In a sense, we try to “clarify” by emphasizing probability, a topic most people find hard to visualize.
Fig 1 is a visualization image meant to focus the discussion on the structure of time. Activity flows like this ← from right to left in the image. Click any image for full resolution
- the Future is an undetermined swirl of potential actions converging toward events. Probability is the only reality.
- the Now is the focus of where things happen. Now is the coalescence of probabilities into actualized events or vanished alternatives, the occurrence point where things possible become things actual.
- the Past is the record of actual events that have happened. Happening events push realized ones out of the becoming Now and into the actualized past.
The Time Path is a speculative view, developed from my own and many other viewpoints. This is the 3rd post in the Time Path Ontology chain. I suspect that you should read the previous Time Path posts to get the full visualization. The first one here. I am solely responsible for any errors or misstatements.
Is time really like the flight of an arrow?
It certainly feels like we are rushing forwards toward something in the future. Really? Why not backwards into the past, instead? If events are “flowing toward the future,” this is a reasonable question because basic physics allows actions to work equally well forwards or backwards. We grew up with the imagery of flowing time, it is hard to discard it. Continue reading