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Consciousness Studies

Consciousness Studies

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In a four dimensional universe time is an independent direction for arranging things. As an
independent direction things arranged in time do not overlie things arranged in space. This
also appears to be the case in conscious experience where whole words or "bars of a tune" can
be experienced arranged in time. This extension in time is easy to experience but the
independence of the time dimension is difficult to conceive, for instance Le Poidevin (2000)
reflects that:
"If events e1 and e2 are registered in a single specious present, then we perceive them both as
present, and so as simultaneous. But we do not see, e.g., the successive positions of a moving
object as simultaneous, for if we did we would see a blurred object and not a moving one."
This assumes that arrangements in time do not occur in an independent direction for arranging
things and hence would overlay space. In fact the mystery of conscious experience is deeply
related to how we can experience many things as events that are separate from each other. Our
experience of two dimensional patterns containing many things is as much a mystery as how
we experience temporal patterns extended in time. The problem is illustrated below
It is as if patterns in conscious experience are being viewed from a point in at least four
dimensions. How our experience can be like the 'view' of a conceptual point observer at the
apex of a light cone without the data being overlaid and obscured is a profound mystery,
obviously the data cannot be transferred into the apparent observation point and appears as
nebulous vectors directed at the point. Some philosophers have noticed this problem.


(This is a stub, requires an elaboration of Specious Present Theory and Husserl's ideas)
Le Poidevin (2000). The experience and perception of time. Stanford Encyclopedia of
Philosophy. http://plato.stanford.edu//archives/spr2001/entries/time-experience/#4
Readers who are unfamiliar with the developments to Newtonian mechanics that occurred in
the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries should read Consciousness studies:The philosophical
problem - Appendixs


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