2009/4/29 Brent Meeker <meeke...@dslextreme.com>:

>> I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying that the information in most
>> physical processes, but not consciousness, can be discrete? I would
>> have said just the opposite: that even if it turns out that physics is
>> continuous and time is real, it would still be possible to chop up
>> consciousness into discrete parts (albeit of finite duration) and
>> there would still be continuity.
> I could buy that if the finite duration was long enough that the content
> of the conscious interval was sufficient to order the intervals.
> Otherwise you'd need some extrinsic variable to order them (e.g physical
> time, brain states).

It seems to me that if the seconds of my life were according to an
external clock being generated backwards or scrambled, I would have no
way of knowing this, nor any way of knowing how fast the clock was
running or if it was changing speed. So how would the external clock
be able to impose an order on moments of quasi-consciousness below the
critical minimal interval, when it has no subjective effect on
supercritical intervals?

>> In fact, I can't imagine how
>> consciousness could possibly be discontinuous if this was done, for
>> where would the information that tells you you've been chopped up
>> reside?
> In Bruno's Washington/Moscow thought experiment that information isn't
> in your consciousness, although it's available via third persons. My
> view of the experiment is that you would lose a bit of consciousness,
> that you can't slice consciousness arbitrarily finely in time.

Could the question be settled by actual experiment, i.e. asking the
subject if they noticed anything unusual?

Stathis Papaioannou

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