Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Tue Aug 22 07:24:47 CDT 2000

At 07:47 AM 8/22/00, Robin Leech wrote:
No.  To account for observed phenomena, a past and a future require a
PRESENT in order to function.  There can be a past and a future ONLY IF
there is a present.

Unfortunately, I have only my memory to tell me that I wrote that in the
present, but I do know that I am writing this in the present, thus it
exists. :-) But this is more than semantics: causality, as normally
understood, implies that one event (the cause) precedes another (the
effect), so that a temporal sequence is implicit in all science. I hesitate
to assert that any argument to the contrary is sophistry. :-)

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