The moving spotlight lights, and having lit, moves on
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Ross Cameron’s The Moving Spotlight reminds me a bit of Pirates of the Caribbean. Although there are no pirates, it’s a rip roaring swashbuckling adventure. It’s a wild ride. Truth be told, many of us will probably conclude that it’s no more plausible an account of our world than is Pirates of the Caribbean a faithful depiction of piracy. I’m not a moving spotlight theorist. There aren’t many of them out there. I’m not even an A-theorist, though there are plenty of those. And there was little chance that this book would convert me. But for all that, it’s well worth the read because, even if you come away from the book holding onto the same view of time as you had going in, you will certainly learn something along the way.
I have always thought, and I imagine I am not alone here, that the moving spotlight view was, amongst theories of time, the worst combination of views: a static four-dimensional block of events related by B-relations, combined with a mysterious moving spotlight that...
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