Elliott Sober
University of Wisconsin, Madison
The idea that the changing entropy of a system is relevant to explaining why we know more about the system's past than about its future has been criticized on several fronts. This paper assesses the criticisms and clarifies the epistemology of the inference problem. It deploys a Markov process model to investigate the relationship between entropy and temporally asymmetric inference
Keywords Thermodynamics   Temporal Asymmetry   Causation   Time
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DOI 10.1093/bjps/43.2.141
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