I am still reading through Smolin’s book. The issue of timeless laws, and evolving laws requires thought.
Why the obsession against the timeless? It seems to smack of religion, I guess.
I don’t think that’s relevant. The timeless is the obvious counterpoint to time: the emergence of time from the timeless makes sense, even if the timeless is a contradictory concept, perhaps.
We can see how closely the issues revolve around the antinomies of Kant and our previous post on the ‘edge of space’ gives us an example of how easy it is to stumble into those antinomies. So, theory and math apart, physics, no matter how complicated, founders in some simple potholes.