The end of daylight savings time in most of the U.S. -- some of the U.S. doesn't use daylight savings time in the first place -- serves as an introduction to the philosophy of time. What is time? Is time a continuum of past, present, and future? Or is time a series of "nows"? Does time "pass"? Is time linear? Or cyclical? (And how do dominant religious teachings affect our thinking about that aspect of time?) Does the future branch out infinitely from any one "now"? Or is the future a predetermined moment we arrive at? Is time even real? Or is it just a mental phenomenon? Various aspects of the philosophy of time are woven into both physics and metaphysics. However you prefer to think about time, I will be teaching my 14-week high school "Philosophically Speaking" class online from 3:00-4:00 pm ET on Wednesdays beginning in January. :-)
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