I need to read Smolin’s book. I was about to but bought the cheaper book below, which we discussed here.
The new perspective on mathematics found a slightly parallel theme in my critique of mathematical economics: marginalism. I will get around to the Smolin book, more credit card debt…
I will throw in a not much: Bennett’s universe of six dimensions includes the eternal and the hyparchic which interacts with time and eternity. Six dimensions is not needed maybe in any rigorous sense: the idea of eternity is, metaphysics or not, a funny counterpoint to this whole discussion. Several things are getting mixed up, perhaps. And the multiverse, surely, is an abstraction about potentiality, an artificial space where all this is potential and has ‘existence’ by some other definition (like potential versus kinetic energy).
Bennett’s idea is very dubious, but I notice the Wikipedia entry here, and there is something I have missed.
Anyway my historical model shows the exact case of something timeless mediating with time and producing cyclical realizations. I am not sure if this is coincidence or not.