On Thu, Oct 12, 2006 at 07:41:37AM -0000, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> My dear fellow, as I explained in a previous post, consciousness IS a
> second time dimension.  The 'Block-universe' view of time (B-Theory)
> and the 'Flowing River' view of time (A-Theory) can both be partially
> right *if* we allow time to have more than one component or dimension.
> The block universe is the mathematical 'scaffolding' of time.  But
> superimposed on top of this is *another* component to time....
> conscious (sentient) observer moments.  The block scaffolding of time
> doesn't flow.  But the observer moments *do*.

They can also be both right if they're held to be emergent concepts
(in the precise form of the term I use). Extra dimensionality is not

> Poor old Nick Bostrom and the other pompous academic fools are all so
> confused because they think consciousness is reducible to physical
> time.  

I find this suprising. I've never seen any of Bostrom's writings that
indicates this.

> This is the source of all the confusion about anthropic
> reasoning and observer moments.  Consciousness is *not* reducible to
> physical time, but is *another* time dimension super-imposed over the
> top of (supervening on but not reducible to) physical time.  As I said
> in my previous post:  'Consciousness is movement of mathematical
> continuants through mathematical configuration space' (i.e. a higher
> dimensional - abstract - time).
> If the academics didn't spend all their time jetting around the world
> on elaborate conferences and trying to impress us all with fancy
> 'papers' and 'lectures' filled with worthless verbiage they would have
> realized that time had more than one dimension and that consciousness
> should be directly equated with an extra dimension long ago.

I take it then that you're spending all your time jetting around the world
to sit in on conferences where "pompous academics" present worthless
papers filled with verbiage. Half your luck!

I'm not an academic myself, and rarely get an opportunity to attend
conferences. But in these lean times, not many of my academic
colleagues do either.

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