Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> Peter Jones writes:
> > Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> >
> > > I don't know if block universe theories are true or not, but the 
> > > subjective
> > > passage of time is not an argument against them. If mind is computation, 
> > > do
> > > you believe that a conscious computation can tell if it is being run as a 
> > > sequential
> > > series of steps or in parallel, without any external information?
> >
> >
> > If it is being run at all, it is dynamic, not static. Parallel
> > processes are still
> > processes.
> But the important point is that the temporal sequence does not itself make a 
> difference
> to subjective experience.

We don't actually know that it is possible that
there might be some flicker effect.

> Would you say that it is in theory possible for the subjective
> passage of time to be as we know it if the blocks were not infinitesimal, but 
> lasted for
> a second, so that the whole ensemble of blocks lasted for a second?

There is still duration within blocks

>  Then what if you
> make the blocks shorter in duration and larger in number, progressively down 
> to
> infinitely many blocks of infinitesimal duration: is there room for dynamism 
> in an
> infenitesimal interval?

There are such things as infintiessimal velocities...

> And note that the usual linear view of time is not so different
> from this: an infinite sequence of infinitesimals, which somehow add up to 
> the effect
> of continuous activity.
> Stathis Papaioannou
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