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Does a computer have an arrow of time?

Owen Maroney ( Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford )

It has sometimes - though usually informally - been suggested that the psychological arrow of time can be reduced to the thermodynamic arrow through information processing properties of the brain.  In this talk we demonstrate that this particular suggestion cannot succeed, as, insofar as information processing (at least in the sense of a classical computer) has an arrow of time, it is not governed by the thermodynamic arrow.



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