Philosophical debates on time are rarely about time. They are primarily about the language with which we order our conceptual vocabularies, our reflexive sociotechnical and behavioural grammars, about what can or may be legally, rationally or intelligibly asserted. Competitive oscillation between established (proxy tribal or political) positions solves nothing and yet, counter-intuitively, it is precisely the self-inflected hyper-inflation of such introspective referential spaces that indicates both where and how we might seek a method of useful explanatory temporal disentanglement.
On movies: Tenet is the philosopher of time’s first (and last) port of call. Not because it solves any mystery endemic of time in physics or human experience but because, having wrapped a sequence around the core concepts of birectional temporal narrative in the way it does, the movie leaves key questions open as a presence of absence. This mirrors what we have serially failed to understand in regards to time (and all plausible other higher-dimensional artefacts, entities or systems). We have been seeking a thing, a property, an essence or resolvable fact when the ontological skeleton key that here hides in plain sight is its own conspicuous absence.
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