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Space, Time and Consciousness

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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: smythies@psy.ucsd.edu

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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