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On the Nature of the Objective/Subjective-Time Duality

Certainly there is change, for the state of the human consciousness changes. This
change then can be described as occurring over time, for no change occurs in a static frame in
which there is only space. But what is the nature of this time? Is it truly present in the world,
or only perceived by conscious entities? Is it real? If time were solely objective, one is lead to
wonder how it may be that each conscious entity may recognize it in different forms; yet if it
were entirely subjective, one may then question what leads differing instances of
consciousness to perceive a similar reality. A duality between objective time and subjective
time must be constructed then in order to shed light on these questions, as neither alone may
explain fully what we understand to be true.
Objective Time
One can be certain at least that the world consists of space, for all objects as perceived
by the human consciousness exist within space, which by each instance of human
consciousness is perpetually perceived. Various configurations of spacial objects may be
perceived as adjacent to one another in time (each configuration of which shall be referred to
as a moment-frame) and so a linear representation of time may be constructed, which bears at
least conceptual reality in that we can envision it. This representation of time as a linear
composition of space-instances shall be referred to as objective time.
If objective time can be viewed as a line, it itself can then be conceptualized as part of
a plane, which bears other instances of possible reality not within itself. One may consider as
an example the classic electron double-slit experiment, in which a beam of electrons is
directed towards a membrane with two slits, which each individual electron is equally likely
to pass through. Upon observation, each individual particle is forced into determining which
slit it actually passed through; but both world-instances, one with the particle passing through
one slit and the other with the particle passing through the other, were equally real until the
moment of observation. As such, two moment-frames may be conceived of as adjacent to the
moment-frame of observation, which lie on the same plane but not within the same line of
possible spacial configurations. This plane shall be referred to as probability space, as it is in
such instances of probabilistic determination that objective time diverges from itself.
Subjective Time
Though the above described objective time and probability space are conceptually
real, at least the latter certainly cannot be completely real to any instance of human-like
consciousness; for if any particular moment-frame of reality is perceived by an instance of
human consciousness, then any other moment-frame adjacent to the prior cannot be
simultaneously true with that instance. As such, any such instances of human-like
consciousness, which are confined in their highest possible perceived instances of
simultaneously true, but different realities to instances of spacial reality, or 3-dimensional
reality, shall be referred to as consciousness(3).
The perception of change is the medium by which consciousness(3) is able to
perceive simultaneously true instances of differing spacial realities. Some instance of spacial
configuration may be true at a particular point in time, and another spacial configuration true
at another time. Consciousness(3) links the two instances together via the perception of
change. Change for any instance of consciousness(x) links differing instances of x-

dimensional reality through dimension x+1, and for consciousness(3) links spacial instances
together through time. The perception of change for the human consciousness then, as an
instance of consciousness(3), may be termed subjective time.
Localising the Human Consciousness
Any instance of consciousness(x) must necessarily be confined in their physical
vessel to dimension x, and the human consciousness, as consciousness(3), is confined
therefore to space. A problem arises then in localizing the human consciousness, for surely it
does not occupy all of space, or human perception would be infinite in regards to space,
which certainly is not the case.
It is simple to localize any instance of consciousness(x) to dimension x+1, for the
moment-frame of dimension x in which it exists is that which it perceives. Likewise,
consciousness(x) can then be localized to dimension x according to how much of its xdimensional world it perceives. This self-localization of consciousness can be seen as
manifest in the human consciousness, as each sense is specific to space alone, and as such
each instance of human consciousness can be localized in space according to the spacial
totality of that which it perceives.
Concluding Remarks
There are those who assert that time cannot be real, as assumption of the reality of
time can be examined to eventually lead to contradictions with itself. Indeed, this is so when
time is viewed as a single entity which accounts both for objective reality and its perception
by consciousness; but this approach to time itself is fallacious, and any conflicts to which it
leads can be resolved by viewing time as the duality proposed in this essay.
It is also commonly asserted that one cannot be certain of objective reality, being
confined in experience to only that which ones own consciousness offers. This is so, and
constructed such that perhaps no definite argument may ever be made against it by any entity
confined to human consciousness. However, if a model can be constructed which is able to
explain objectively all that is perceived, there seems to be no reason to doubt it, even if
nothing can truly be ascertained objectively. Indeed, the claim seems void despite its seeming
inability to be debased, and the burden lies upon those who assert such to declare why any
other view of perception cannot be.