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).


Temporal Information Substantial Point Physical Objectivity Internal History Potential Barrier Surface 
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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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