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Comment author: shminux 19 February 2013 12:14:54AM *  1 point [-]

timeless physics has a certain beauty

Sure does, but don't let yourself get tempted by the Dark Side. Beauty is not enough, it's the ability to make testable predictions that really matters. And Eliezer's two favorite pets, timeless physics and many worlds, fail miserably by this metric. Maybe some day they will be a stepping stone to something both beautiful and accurate.

Comment author: shaih 19 February 2013 12:23:20AM 0 points [-]

You have a very good point and have shown me something that I knew better and will have to keep an eye on closer for now on.

That being said Beauty is not enough to be accepted into any realm of science but thinking about beautiful concepts such as timeless physics could increase the probability of thinking up an original testable theory that is true.

In particular I'm thinking how the notion of absolute time slowed down the discovery of relativity while if someone were to contemplate the beautiful notion of relative time, relativity could have been found much faster.