mercurial/mercuric revisited

a ‘response’ to ‘Pursewarden’:

…when we watch a film, we are really looking at a sequence of still images, presented to us at such a rate that we see movement.  This is sometimes described by saying that the sequence of still images creates the illusion of motion, but that is not quite right.  It is the still images themselves that are the illusion.  The world is never stil—it is always in motion.  The illusion that photography creates is of a frozen moment of time.  It corresponds to nothing in reality, nor is it itself real, for any photograph is also a process…So what happens in a movie is that the real world of motion and change is recreated from a sequence of illusions, not the reverse.

-Lee Smolin, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity

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