Anyway, so while I will spend some hours staring at a sign saying 'Your seat cushion can be used as a floating device', here is a poll for you addressing one of my more permanent confusions. That being the question whether or not the past does exist the same way as does the present, as does the future. Having been taught time is a dimension since I was ten or so, combined with my disliking of the measurement process in quantum mechanics, I tend to believe the past, present, and future 'exist' equally, and our perception of a 'now' is an illusion that comes with consciousness. However, I then recently came across this article Is There an Alternative to the Block Universe View?, which starts with saying
"If one can talk about a widely (explicitly or implicitly) accepted view on reality it is presentism - the view that it is only the present (the three-dimensional world at the moment `now') that exists. This common-sense view, which reflects the way we perceive the world, has two defining features: (i) the world exists only at the constantly changing present moment (past and future do not exist) and (ii) the world is three-dimensional."
Which left me wondering how widely accepted this view really is, and how far I'm a victim of my education. So what do you think? I know the question is somewhat fuzzy given that I don't explain what I mean with 'exist'. Let me put it like this: I guess most people would agree that the present moment 'exists' in some way. So without explaining in exactly which way it exists, let me ask whether the past and future exist that same way.
PS: The results from our last poll on the Photic Sneeze Reflex are here. There were 321 people who voted. About 62% of men (56% of women) said they do sneeze when looking into bright sunlight after having adapted to the dark. I didn't realize this was so common! The ratio of men to women who voted is about 6.5.