In the recent science fiction film "Arrival," Amy Adams portrays

a linguist, Louise Banks, who must learn to translate the language of

aliens ("Heptapods") who have just arrived in their spaceships.

The point of this tale seems to have something to do with Banks

learning, along with the aliens' language, their skill of seeing into

the future.

Louise Banks wannabes might enjoy the works of one

Metod Saniga, who thinks that finite geometry might have

something to do with perceptions of time.

See Metod Saniga, “Algebraic Geometry: A Tool for Resolving

the Enigma of Time?”, in R. Buccheri, V. Di Gesù and M. Saniga (eds.),

*Studies on the Structure of Time: From Physics to Psycho(patho)logy*,

Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York, 2000, pp. 137–166.

Available online at www.ta3.sk/~msaniga/pub/ftp/mathpsych.pdf .

Although I share an interest in finite geometry with Saniga —

see, for instance, his remarks on Conwell heptads in the previous post

and my own remarks in yesterday's post "Schoolgirls and Heptads" —

I do not endorse his temporal speculations.