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Re: Interesting read

Sean -

Thanks for visiting Rob's World! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit.

Time doesn't go anywhere. Time does not flow in any sense. Nor is it a medium that we move through.

Time (in my opinion) is something we created in order to explain the way we experience events.

All events that can happen coexist in a static matrix. An overlapping coexisting multi-dimensional universe. We (human kind) are only capable of experiencing or processing specific static events in a sequential and linear manner. Our experience of events appears to unfold in a sequential series. We ascribe time to this sequential processing of experienced events. We use time based terms such as first, most recent, previously, a year ago, etc. in order to describe the series of events, and the order in which they occurred (were processed/experienced). Actually, the events themselves are fixed and never changing. It is only the way in which these events are processed by our consciousness that makes it seem like time is passing.

Your question regarding the comatose state is a good one. First we must define a comatose state. If it is one in which the consciousness is stopped, then as you have suggested, my theory seems to fall apart. However, when I describe my theory about the non-existence of time and motion, I attribute the static matrix of events, and the conscious processing of events to the self. To you, or me, to the direct experience.
If you were in a coma (consciousness suspended), but then came out of the coma ten years latter, how is it that events would seem to have changed around you? As you indicate, it would seem as if time were continuing around you. That it (time) was the driving force behind the changing events, not your experience of them.
I would suggest that your consciousness was not actually suspended, that we (humans) are not capable of suspending our consciousness; short of death, and maybe not even then. That despite the fact that you may not be able to recall events that occurred during your coma, your consciousness was not in fact suspended. Your consciousness continued processing nodal events without storing them in your memory. Your consciousness continues processing events down the nodal path, despite the fact that you are 'unconscious'. Perhaps 'consciousness' is not the correct term for what I'm trying to convey. Perhaps I shouldn't use the term consciousness in my theory of 'no time'. Regrettably, I cannot think of a more appropriate term. I'm trying to describe the essence of being, of 'self'. That which makes us living. The force that differentiates self aware living beings, from the inanimate unliving things within the universe. It is this force, imbued in your physical body, which I am talking about when I use the term consciousness. I'm not talking about consciousness in the medical sense. Not in the sense of being aware of your surroundings.

Perhaps you could suggest a word that more accurately describes that which I am trying to convey?

I hope that this explanation helps to clarify your question regarding the incongruity presented by the comatose state. Your 'comatose' question is also applicable, in some regards, to the sleeping or dreaming state, or any state where a person is unaware of their surroundings.

- Robert

On Wednesday, Jan 1, 2003, at 22:08 America/Denver, Sean Anderson wrote:

Hello there,

I just stumbled across your web page on the i-net on the subject of no-time. If I understood your column correctly ( I might not of as I'm terribly bright ) but you said that time is just basically the progression of one experience to another or one event to another. My question arises as to what happens to some one if they stop experiencing things? As say if the person is in a coma. They have effectively stopped their node matrix but doesn't time keep going? Sorry if this is a dumb question as I just started getting interested in this whole science thing. Well, anyway. Interesting read and have a good new years!