I think taking a fundamental look at this problem could be fruitful. Here is an idea from an article that I have been working on hopefully to publish.
Imagine the MW to be total chaos (like the primeval chaos, Tohu va Bohu, full of potentialities but with nothing inside???) . Time could then be explained as follows: The anthropic principle CONSTRAINS the LINK from one "time" to another "time" only in those cases where PHYSICAL LAWS ARE RATIONAL. In fact the anthropic principle is applied every Planck's time at the level of the MW. I think this is a new version of the anthropic principle. Time is then explained as anthropically constrained links between "points" in the MW. Consciousness requires rationality, Hence the world we perceive must be rational. Thus the rationality of the mind and the rationality of the world can be explained simultaneously, BECAUSE THEY STEM FROM THE SAME PHENOMENON: THE ANTHROPIC TIME LINKAGE IN THE MW.From the the point of view of each conscious entity, the world appears rational, but in fact the observed world is an infinitesimally thin section of the chaotic MW. And there is an infinite number of those thin sections embedded in the much larger MW. The time linkage is NOT LINEAR but more like a NET. We have many futures as well as many pasts all anthropically AND rationally constrained. A gigantic fractal. George PS. We don't see flying elephants because we don't look closely enough. If we had the means and the patience to do so QM predicts that such a phenomenon would eventually pop up. The rationality of the world is limited by QM. Could QM also define the limit of consciousness? Are these two limits identical?