What analogies are there for thinking about the flow of time? Assuming that time has the following characteristics:
- Only the present exists (not the past and future)
- The present is a fiction
- The future contains the past
- The flow of time is irreversible.
I simply do not have the cognitive skill necessary to fully imagine such a scenario. Obviously philosophers have deployed metaphors to describe time, before:
- Heraclitus' super famous use of 'river of time'
- I believe the physicist Eddington's 'arrow of time'
But the first falls foul of 1 (the whole goddamn mississippi exists), and the second 2 (arrows have real effects).