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The relations between time and nature are so complex and so close that the two are often implicitly collapsed into one category. Whether or not “time” describes some movement in the world beyond the social (philosophers continue to debate the question), the experience of time is always socially determined. Still, time almost always seems to be the most “natural” phenomenon. Time appears to be the fabric of everything dynamic, from night and day, to the seasons, to something so fundamental to current thinking about “nature” as evolution. Without ideas of time, our current notions of change and causation are unthinkable. In much of the contemporary world, in which we understand the “passage” of time as “linear”, and the future as a result of what has ...

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