It Is Not What It Looks Like—A Response to D. J. Pons, A. D. Pons, and A. J. Pons Theory of Time

Kamil Lacina


The most recent theory of time introduced by D. J. Pons, A. D. Pons, and A. J. Pons in their paper “Time: An Emergent Property of Matter” states that time is an emergent property of matter. The theory, based on the non-local hidden-variable approach to quantum mechanics presents an account of time as a layered emergent property of particule frequency oscillation. The paper goes on to explain how time and the arrow of time emerge at different level of matter assembly, most notably in decoherent systems. The theory also addresses the issue of human time perception and, partly, the ontological issue of space-time substantivalism. The theory however seems to be suffering from some pitfalls, which I intend to delineate and examine. Although in the end the theory appears not to hold, it nevertheless offers an important new direction in the analysis of time, one that seems worth pursuing further. The following paper presents the original theory first, before moving on to consider objections.

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