On 7/16/2013 5:16 PM, Pierz wrote:
I pretty much agree with you Jason. The materialist simply posits that the conciousness
of a person (or conscious being) represents a static track through the 4d block
universe, misperceived as changing due to something about the way the brain processes.
What this account fails to explain however is the moment "now", or rather why I am at
this moment now rather than another or all at once. This is the same as saying that it
fails to account for subjectivity, because from a purely objective point of view -ie one
that does not take into account any observer's experience - there is no problem. From
outside of the experience of any individual observer, there are just bodies
moving/behaving in space-time. Materialists/scientists are so accustomed to seeing the
world from this abstracted perspective that they don't see any particular problem with
this elimination of the subject. But in making this move, it has already removed
consciousness from the reality it attempts to explain. A true theory of everything would
need to explain the mysteries of I-ness (why am I me and not someone else) and now-ness
(why am I now rather than somewhen else).
If consciousness, the subjective qualia, is instantiated by some material process (e.g.
brain computation) then there is no more problem with "now" for a conscious state than for
a physical state. This physical state instantiates this qualia and the next physical
state instantiates the next qualia. You may say it's a mystery, but if it is then the
occurrence of physical states is the same mystery.
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