What is the current status or acceptance of block time as it relates to Einstein's theory of relativity? Has quantum mechanics ruled it out or is it still the favored view of the world?

gasavasiv 2022-10-14 Answered
What is the current status or acceptance of block time as it relates to Einstein's theory of relativity? Has quantum mechanics ruled it out or is it still the favored view of the world?
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latatuy
Answered 2022-10-15 Author has 12 answers
Block time is not a physical theory. It's a philosophical interpretation. It can't be tested empirically. For these reasons it doesn't really make sense to ask for its status or whether it's accepted. You can poll physicists on whether they like it (there have been polls like this, for example, on the Copenhagen interpretation versus many-worlds), but the results are pretty meaningless. I could vote one way in the poll one day and then vote the opposite way the next day. There would be no contradiction, because the choice of interpretation has no effect on any prediction that can be compared with the results of actual experiments.
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