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Counterfactuals, Time's Arrows, and Physics
Tuesday, April 01, 2008, 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy
Counterfactual statements- e.g.� if all the votes had been counted Gore would have won� -exhibit a temporal asymmetry. Small counterfactual differences at time typically make for big differences in the future but not the past. Causation, memory, decision making, and special science regularities also exhibit temporal assymetries (time�s arrows). I discuss the connections among these temporal asymmetries and propose an account of how they are grounded in physical laws.