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Phases of a 3D time theory

First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it. William James in his book Pragmatism

These three phases can already be seen in explicating 3D time, or time-space. At first it seems impossible that time should have multiple dimensions. Few have advocated that it does and until now no one has explained how normal and natural 3D time is. But then it is realized that time-space is just another way of describing the reality that is usually thought of in terms of space-time. So it seems to be no big deal after all.

Time-space is an alternate way of thinking about the universe that is isomorphic to space-time. The best thing to say about it is that it is easier to use in some situations. That may appeal to specialists or those who want the easiest way of doing things. Others may simply take it as a curiosity, something like a novel about another world.

What’s left is to find time-space embedded in the writings of other authors. I have already suggested that ancient people thought in terms of time-space, until Greek geometry influenced a switch to space-time thinking. Analytic geometry set the course for modern science to be done in space-time. Perhaps geometric algebra will allow time-space to flourish along with space-time.

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