Compelling Questions 3

***Is prototransmutation really possible or not?  If it is, what does this mean?  If not, what does that mean?

***According to (my non-professional understanding of) theoretical physics, time is basically just an additional dimension—the fourth dimension—with some subtle alterations in its mathematical expression.  As such, humans and all physical things have 4-dimensional world lines that are quite real and quite physical.  Because of this, it should be possible for changes to be made to this world line in the same way that we can shape putty in our hands.  What would the effect of such changes be upon us, the conscious observers?

***As described above, if the totality of our life and ourself is a 4-dimensional world line, why are we only conscious for a single, continuous instant? Why are we not conscious in our past and our future “simultaneously?”  That is, what reason is there that our human consciousness should always be stuck in the present instant?  Why can we not live in the past?  Why do we have to experience time as flowing?

***What does it mean to die, assuming that our lives are 4-dimensional world lines?  In theory, our existence is still very much real, both before birth and after death.  Our life is there, carved out through space-time, and it does not just disappear—not in the way that time seems to slip by and disappear to our perception.  Then is our consciousness still there too?  Where are we?  Where is our consciousness?  If it is in the body, then why does it seem to end?  Why is it bound to time?  Our body spans through time, occupying 4-d space in both the past and the future.  Does our consciousness do the same?  This is summarized by the next question:

***What is the relationship between consciousness and time? Why is it that our perception seems to be directly related to the evolution of time? Why does time correlate to experience? What is time, really?

***Why does it seem impossible to transcend the physicality of our existence?  Why, through willpower alone, can pain not be prevented from penetrating into our consciousness?  Is it possible for us to step back internally and distance our consciousness from our body and brain?  Pain has a direct impact on the brain, and because of this certain reactions may be involuntary and inevitable: such as gasping for air, clenching your teeth, stiffening, whimpering.  But pain also causes our conscious experience to be extremely negative.  The question is, can we separate our experience from our body’s reaction?  Can we, the observer, be at ease while the brain is freaking out?

***Neural processes help facilitate emotions, perceptions, and experiences.  Our body could be thought of as the instrument with which our soul interacts with the humanworld—physical reality.  How much autonomy do we have while immersed in the physical world?  All of our physical processes (including brain function) can be externally altered.  What do we have that is separate from our body?  How can we find something that is “ours alone,” that cannot be affected by the physical world?

***What is consciousness outside of qualia?  If we had a period of no perception and no experience, what would consciousness be then?  Does consciousness exist in between the moments of sensation and experience?  Or is consciousness simply the experience itself?

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One Response to Compelling Questions 3

  1. blakerivers says:

    I have a feeling time may be more than what we thought.

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