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The Unconscious Conventionalism of the Physical Geometry of Space

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Matthew Coates

Abstract

Poincaré and Reichenbach argued that the physical geometry of spacetime is conventional: any geometry we wish has the capacity to accurately represent spacetime, so long as it is accompanied by an appropriate physical force field. In this paper, I argue that there also exists an unconscious conventionalism, where we unconsciously choose to dismiss certain possible geometries of spacetime due to incomplete mathematical knowledge, meaning we are unaware of the existence of these other possible choices
How to Cite: Coates, M., 2019. The Unconscious Conventionalism of the Physical Geometry of Space. Rerum Causae, 10(2), pp.78–86.
Published on 14 Sep 2019.
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