It is claimed by some that the B-theory of time means that one can simply say that time is an illusion. But B-theory doesn’t actually imply this, or should i say that it cannot logically state this as fact. At most all one can say is that all time has a meta-existence; a theory that i myself hold. This is to say that the past, present, and future, all exist equally. However, i do not see this as changing the fact that the future is a contingent expression of the present and the past. They are not separate entities in their own right. In other-words “meta-time” is simply an outgrowth of the idea of relativity. Our experience of change is relative to our particular perspective. But this does not mean there is no change, but rather that our experience of it is dependent on how we view it. Using the analogy of relativity I see no reason to think potentiality or time is an illusion.
Notice that even on a B-theory of time that we do not lose the distinction of past present and future. Also notice that we truly gain in potential knowledge. If B-theory was the absence of change, then everything would be static, and an illusion of time would be impossible, since we would have to experience successive states in order to experience an illusion of change. So how can there be an illusion of change when there is no change?
This is a contradiction.