Space, Time and Consciousness
Author: Smythies, John
Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 10, Number 3, 2003 , pp. 47-56(10)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Abstract:This paper describes a new theory of consciousness based on previous work by C.D. Broad, H.H. Price, Andrei Linde and others. This hypothesis states that the Universe consists of three fundamental entities - space-time, matter and consciousness, each with their own degrees of freedom. The paper pays particular attention to three areas that impact on this theory: (1) the demonstration by neuroscience and psychophysics that we do not perceive the world as it actually is but as the brain computes it most probably to be; (2) the need to delineate between phenomenal space-time and physical space-time. Recent theories in physics that suggest that the Universe has more than three spatial dimensions are relevant here; (3) the role of consciousness in the block Universe described by Special Relativity. The integration of these topics suggests a new physical theory of the nature of consciousness.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California at San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA., Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2003