Re: Are First Person prime?

From: 1Z <>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 12:51:35 -0000

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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