Continuous or Discontinuous?
Before I discuss either aspect in depth, I want to explain why I would look at continuity as a basis for describing Consciousness.
Again, I’d like to emphasize here that all we can do is DESCRIBE. A description is the story we tell about our sample data. And our sample data is returned from different perspectives. In order to understand the generalizations we make about our scientific data (the stories we tell), we must be rigorous and consistent in describing our perspective or point of view (POV: complete experimental setup in collecting that data).
Continuity of Events:
Two functions come into mind when thinking about the continuity of human consciousness.
One is that the neural networks of the human brain are conditioned to keep events separate and continuous so we can make sense of them and be prepared for successful strategies for survival in our world.
The most powerful scientific idea that appears to be confirmed in most contemporary experiments is that of ENTROPY. Entropy is the process by which energy available to a system or relationship in the universe is used up. Because of this, there is a natural, continuous progression of time (the arrow of time always points in the future).
What observable event is most likely to happen now is dominated by the statistical probability of that observable event. The entropy or loss of available energy changes the system’s configuration and the relationship’s mutual POV at any point in time.
So past events, like stars that are very far away, should not have as much impinging intensity of signal as contemporary events.
But, the sampling of future events depends mostly on the present configuration, educating the system or relationship by its interpretation of what came before (Bohm’s Implicate Order, possibly enfolded into an individual or mass human mind).
Now for the discontinuous exception:
At the point of sampling, there is an immersion in The Now. The Now does not necessarily run on the same continuous principles as entropy. During SAMPLING, there is a time of determinability (an event that determines the quanta in a self-organizing way. Also referred to as Zukav’s Collapsing of the Quantum Wave).
What does determinability mean? It means that the sample, or outcome, is indeterminate. In my experiment, the more video frames the boundary was subjected to/viewed from, the more chaotic the behavior. That means the perturbation waves on the boundary were not discrete, but in time settled into a number of discrete sine waves or quanta. [Note: Investigations into higher viscosity contrasts across the expanding boundary and videos with a higher number of frames per second might prove this point for good. A nice doctoral thesis. Or a chance for a Science and Engineering Fair participant.]
So let’s see what discontinuity of events and consciousness can mean.
Discontinuity of Events:
For an event to be discontinuous from other events, either:
- As in dementia or other non-normal consciousness, the human mind is incapable of maintaining continuity from one event to another (this occurs at the level of the neural network, interrupting its normal functioning).
- The universe is such that nothing is discrete until it is sampled, and that the sampling process must choose from a whole of statistical sets or potential outcomes that are unrelated to one another (only becoming continuous in a normally functioning human mind).
- Now, the most out-there idea about discontinuity: What happens when we go to sample, and the universe does not provide a spectrum of potential outcomes. In relational philosophy, we say that there is no relationship. No relationship means nonexistence. But can our neural net/our bodies not exist and then exist again. This seems like behavior in a quantum reality, not the stable, steady-state reality (that we assume we’re in). But, if the universe oscillates naturally expanding outward and shrinking inward, then any time where there is not a natural progression outward, might the neural net of the human mind not pick it up. An example of this might be multiple personality syndrome, where one personality or POV is not aware of what happens in another personality or POV. I will explore this idea after dealing with the first two.