The Psychophysical Structure of Temporal Information

  • G. Patrick Meredith


As a concept for ordering and analysing real events with variable amounts of information “time” is much more complex than a simple clock-measure. Psychophysics has traditionally dealt with one-way processes from stimulus to sensation, creating information. In human action the reverse process occurs. The information in a plan of action anticipates the outcome. The latter is subject to uncertainties and the planned timing must be elastic, requiring a topological calculus for the relative timing of planned processes. Human actions can now have consequences of planetary orders of magnitude, giving unpredictable quantities in astronomical space-time, and local thawing in the frozen framework of The Minkowski continuum.

Quotations are from “The Principle of Relativity” by Lorentz, Einstein, Minkowski and Weyl (1923 translation, Dover Edition).


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© Springer-Verlag, Berlin · Heidelberg 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Patrick Meredith
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Epistemic Communication Research UnitUniversity of LeedsLeeds 2Great Britain

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