Reading the Past in the Present

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In this paper I challenge David Albert's account of the knowledge asymmetry, arguing that an information gathering and utilizing system (IGUS) could know more of the past than can be inferred from Albert's system of Past Hypothesis, laws, and initial measure. To do so I provide a general physical/computational account of our knowledge of the past, based on the IGUS, and draw various conclusions about our limitations.