Time and Time Again

Reports from a Boundary of the Universe

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This work represents a guided tour to the interdisciplinary, integrated study of time. Through twenty-two connected essays, selected from the author's extensive writings, Time and Time Again advances new insights into understanding the nature of time seen through philosophy, the arts and letters, the sciences of matter, life, mind and society. Traditionally, attitudes to future, past, and present remained distinct for different cultures. But upon the globalizing earth, all cultural regions are now in instant by instant communication. There is a consequent turmoil about individual and collective identities and about value judgments, in all of which attitudes to time play crucial roles. The book explores this turmoil and, through its references, it also serves as a guide to the broadly spread literature about time.
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Biographical Note

Acknowledged to be the world’s foremost scholar of the interdisciplinary study of time, Dr J.T. Fraser (1923-2010) is the author of six volumes, some seventy articles in professional periodicals and editor of ten volumes addressing the integrated study of time. He is the founder of the International Society for the Study of Time (1966), founding editor of KronoScope - Journal for the Study of Time and has lectured extensively at home and abroad.

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'"Time and Time Again: Reports from a Boundary of the Universe" deserves to be regarded as a canonical work for humankind's journey into the 21st century. Like Hermann Hesse's Glass Bead Game master, Julius Thomas Fraser plays with the Study of Time with intellectual rigor and lyrical beauty. ' (B. Caithness)

Table of contents

The Whir and the Bell

1. The change ringing cosmos
COMPLEXITY AND ITS MEASURE

2 From timelessness to time
OUT OF PLATO’S CAVE: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF TIME

3. Reality as examined appearances
THE EXTENDED UMWELT PRINCIPLE

4. What kind of a universe to expect
MATHEMATICS AND TIME

5. The beginning or origin of time
THE SECULAR MYSTERY OF THE FIRST DAY

6. Contraining chaos
FROM CHAOS TO CONFLICT

7. Those metaphysical devices
CLOCKWORKS BEYOND THEMSELVES

8. How to use a clock
SPACE-TIME IN THE STUDY OF TIME

9. Coordinated clock shops
TIME AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

10. From puppy love to faithful love
TEMPORAL LEVELS: A FUNDAMENTAL SYNTHESIS

11. Logos at the edge of the cosmos
TEMPORAL LEVELS AND REALITY TESTING







12. Unbounding society
TIME, INFINITY, AND THE WORLD IN ENLIGHTENMENT THOUGHT

13. That awesome gift
HUMAN FREEDOM

14. Opiates that civilize
TIME FELT, TIME UNDERSTOOD

15. How to perpetuate conflicts
CHANGE, PERMANENCE, AND HUMAN VALUES

16. The true
TRUTH AS A RECOGNITION OF PERMANENCE

17. Music do I hear?
HOMER, BORGES, AND THE PIED PIPER.

18 A different wonder
THE PROBLEMS OF EXPORTING FAUST

19. Being a one-and-only
TIME, GLOBALIZATION, AND THE NASCENT IDENTITY OF MANKIND

20. Turmoil at the anthill threshold
HAMLET’S CASTLE IN CYBERSPACE

21. Whose past is our prologue?
REFLECTIONS UPON AN EVOLVING MIRROR

22 Expanding the universe

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Cuts across all humanistic and scientific fields and extends to general trade

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