Is there a scientific difference, if not, why bother with the block universe model given it is unintuitive?
There is no scientific difference.
Intuitivity is in the eye of the beholder and extremely context dependent. The block universe is, for many people, very useful for describing things in a frame-independent way, and as a visualisation tool for combining different frames' viewpoints. That is (one reason) why it is taught.
given that the premise on which it was constructed (presentism was incompatible with special relativity) was wrong
Why do you think presentism is compatible with SR? (You should probably also clarify exactly what you mean by "presentism".)
If you read the thread I didn't say I thought it was. I didn't know there was a diverse opinion on presentism. I haven't read the full article but from the first line, it seems like what I meant by presentism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_presentism .
If you read the thread I didn't say I thought it was.
Sorry a poor article I thought. What I meant is, that what exists is that which exists in the present for you.
You said: "given that the premise...(presentism is incompatible with special relativity) is wrong...". That implies that you think presentism is compatible with SR, or at least that that the proposition that it is is worth considering.
That you are an entity which is moving through time, and at any point in time there is a past and a future and a present for you
How would it be false, as opposed to others having a different philosophy? How could anyone show the proposition "what is present form me exists for me" is false? Perhaps the disconnect is that I am interpreting present and exist locally. I can see issues if present is stated to be a global construct.This is too vague, because "moving through time", "past", "future", and "present" are not defined. I can construct definitions for all of those terms that are compatible with SR, but under those definitions I think most people would say that presentism--the claim that whatever is "present" for you exists for you--is false.
How would it be false, as opposed to others having a different philosophy?
I can see issues if present is stated to be a global construct.
With a properly constructed presentism there is no scientific difference. Some people prefer simplicity over intuitiveness.Is there a scientific difference, if not, why bother with the block universe model given it is unintuitive?