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Is everything predetermined? Yes? No? In general people don't like the idea that it is, But many people like that idea a lot. It gives them a sense of purpose. How many times do we hear about fate? Couples like to think their meeting and relationship was meant to be. And in the sense that in a cause and effect universe we could say the Big Bang and exactly how it happened created a chain of cause and effect which led to this and every previous moment everywhere at the same time. They may be right.

So is there no indeterminacy? Sure. We can’t determine a lot of things. We can’t forecast the future with any certainty because we can’t know all the variables. We don’t know exactly why we make the choices we ultimately make or all the history behind them, and we can’t be certain what chains of cause and effect will be created by our choices. We just know we have to make choices. We have no choice, and even not making one is the same as making one. So the most intelligent species in the world sees nothing but indeterminacy. But that doesn’t mean things aren’t predetermined. It just looks like utter chaos to us.

But wait a minute. Determined and predetermined aren't the same thing. Everything is determined by the laws of physics/cause and effect. But is it predetermined? Perhaps not. How can it not be if there are no causeless events? And no matter how hard we try, thus far we haven't found a way to create causeless events.

Let's take a related side note. What is time? My model goes like this: There is nothing but an ever-changing now. Entropy shows us the arrow of time. The past doesn't exist anymore. The future doesn't pre-exist. Once you smash a glass on the ground it's smashed. You can't undo your action. Imagine if you could go back in time. That would mean every nanosecond would have to repeat forever every nanosecond waiting for you to come back? . Why? What sense does that make? If you changed the future could you then go back to either time line? It's crazy if the universe were to work that way, and no evidence for it. The only way we might revisit the past is by traveling faster than light and then capturing the information in the light that left the earth years ago, somehow. We don't have that technology yet.

While in the quantum, the math looks the same forward or back in time, and thus it's possible the quantum can go in either direction, the math hasn't been proven yet by proper experiment. And thus, it's a guess.

Sure, we may be able to go forward in time faster than usual by flying away at the speed of light and coming back to an earth that aged 300 years while you aged 3. but to us here you didn't come back for 300 years. And you can't go back.

So, light speed is a reason people claim now isn't universal. But it is. If right now you are moving at light speed, you experience time differently, but it's still now for both of us. Ok. I'm in Canada. You are in China. You're living in tomorrow, and to you I'm still in yesterday. Yet now is now regardless of what our clocks say. I could even fly to china and be a day older, or you could fly here and be a day younger. But so what? Even if you are flying at light speed and I'm not, now is still now. If there are aliens on another planet, now is now for them and us regardless the distance or how they experience time. So what has time got to do with predeterminism? Again, to me there is no predetermined/pre-existing future; just an ever changing now. And how is it changed? Chains of cause and effect.

There's not just one chain of cause and effect out there, there are trillions upon trillions. All potentially interacting in some ways at some points. In other words, cause is not necessarily local. An old man on a mountain riding a turtle might cause an avalanche which then causes all kinds of other events below, perhaps killing people, or messing with their lives, which eventually changes the outcome of an election in another country, and the consequences of that continuing for eternity, mixing with trillions of others. That's all part of chaos theory.

So we can say that all events everywhere create now every nanosecond from all this interaction, including the person flying away at light speed. So it's not like it could be predicted. And it isn't changeable once it's happened. So if it's predetermined, it's predetermined by the combination of every event everywhere now. But so much can happen to change direction at any given moment. And since we're postulating that there's no outside being involved, can we call it predetermined? By what? Everything?

So I like to say everything is determined. No causeless events. But not necessarily predetermined in any conventional way. Do we change the world with what we do and say? Of course. It couldn’t be any other way. All things are connected in many ways. No man is an island. No woman either. Nothing is unconnected. Specially not islands that are connected by land under the sea and to the sea itself. If there is no god, it’s not predetermined by a consciousness, so nothing knows how everything will turn out, nor can it. It may be predetermined in a chaotic indeterminable way but not preplanned or preordained by anything. That’s worth something. Only our consciousness is intentionally determining the future, even if our choices are determined by our overall conditioning/will. Which after all is us and all living things. Does consciousness itself have anything to do with it. Could life itself change predetermined outcomes by determined but not necessarily predetermined choices ? it's worth looking into.

Again, we think in language which is complex concepts. Animals don't. So we can explain things to ourselves and others in ways nothing else can. Hence we can change our minds about things and our behavior easier than anything else can.

Say you're a cop. You are about to go to work. Because your grandson put a radio on the table, just before you leave for work you hear about another cop n another place who shot someone because he thought they were holding a gun. But it was a cell phone. You go to work, and later that evening you're told to go to a protest that's getting out of hand. As you get close to the event you see someone coming toward you with something in his hand. At first glance it looks like a gun. Your amygdala sends fear emotions to your brain and tells you to shoot. But because you heard the news earlier, or due to your training, etc, you wait a second to be sure. When your brain has properly processed the information it becomes clear it's a cell phone. Had the cat been chasing a mouse, jumped on the radio and turned it off, you might not have thought twice and shot the guy, or not.

A small perturbation that drastically changed the outcome of an event? Which possibility was predetermined? Only the one that happened? Or as in QM: both and neither until one possibility becomes actual? So determined, but not predetermined? That's what I think is most probable due to cause and effect.

So, if there was just one chain of cause and effect, it's outcome would always be predictable. But there are trillions upon trillions of chains all interacting and altering each other creating new ones, every second. So to me, every second is created by the result of all those chains creating now. Due to the continuously increasing complexity of those interacting chains, the next second is unpredictable. It's all determined, but due to utter complexity of change from second to second, it's not predetermined in any real way.

In any case, I don't care which it turns out to be in the end. I'd just love to know for sure which it is. Regardless, knowing changes nothing in our lives, except attaining the goal of discovering the facts.

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Ron Hooft (author) from Ottawa on May 11, 2021:

You would expect that if a soul was your will, you'd only have one. We have several participants, all with their own will, as is best demonstrated by separating the left and right lobe. They did that to see if it would treat people with really bad epilepsy. It worked, somewhat, but it had strange consequences. A woman said something nasty to a friend, and her her left had slapped her in the face. A man would button his shirt, and then, without being aware of it at first, catching himself undoing the shirt. And so many more stories that showed that both sides have a will of their own when separated And were is consciousness under anesthetic or dreamless sleep?. Why would consciousness be effected by the brain if it was from a soul? It's supposed to think after we're dead, right? But it disappears if our brain is injured?

So I don't know, but until it's proven we have one I'll remain skeptical, but interested.

"I studied history and philosophy in university. I had a trillion questions in my late teens and early twenties. Only philosophy satisfied that need for answers. Then, I got to "deeper" questions philosophy couldn't answer. If the Ancient Greeks didn't answer them, the Romans didn't answer them, the great German thinkers (my favorites), like Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche couldn't answer them ... who could?"

Me? Just ask. lol...

"The answer for me was the Spirit World. Slowly, slowly answers began emerging to the questions philosophy did not answer for me. And philosophy cannot answer many questions because of our human form. As I mentioned earlier about humanizing time. We have to, while Being human. There is no way around it. We have to understand everything from the limited capabilities of this human body. We have words. How do we describe what is beyond our words and perception? We cannot because that's what we have. One cannot play a VHS tape on a cd player. Thus, we have to find ways around that and from my last twenty years of hunting knowledge, I can say that there are certainly spiritual ways of escaping the trap of human perception/being."

Of course there are. And though science doesn't know everything and perhaps never will, it's in it's infancy, and it is the best way we found so far. Along with philosophy and logic, of course. Don't give up on it. Both evolve. I'm looking for the evolution of the logical mind. But by all means, study the spiritual world I call the subconscious. It does have answers. If I have a question I can't find an answer to, I forget about it consciously, diverting it deliberately to the subconscious. Eventually an answer will usually pop up as if from nowhere created from the processing of all your experiences and learning in novel ways. And depending on your experience it can be brilliant, or nothing. Usually it's good enough..

"Yes, thank You very much for the conversation. I mean, it's part of what I was trained to do in university. Haha!!"

Cool. I wish I'd had the money to go to university. I would have become a scientist. But I had to train myself and become a science philosopher. I did sit in on university course in physics as well as neuroscience, philosophy and the history of religion, as well as history itself and the history of music. But as I never paid, I never got any credits. Still, I dedicated my life to learning and figuring out what's really going on here before I die. And if I don't, I write so if interested, others can build on my discoveries, expand on them, prove them wrong, or whatever.

Again, great comments I looked forward to answering all day. And it took almost that long. lol... It's great talking to you.

"All the very best to You! May Wakan Tanka always guide your path."

And to you, my friend. And may the bird of paradise always poop on your head, bringing you luck and wisdom. ;)

Ron Hooft (author) from Ottawa on May 11, 2021:

"we agree on the most important thing in my opinion, that: everything is connected. All is One. Native people knew this/know this too. Their Medicine Wheel points to the interconnection of absolutely everything. That's a huge lesson!"

Yes it is. and Eastern philosophy has been saying for millennia too. As a kid I came to that conclusion myself. When I heard it from a Buddhist school buddy I was thrilled. I considered myself vindicated. But it wasn't till much later I found out science, in almost every field was coming to the same conclusion. Now Quantum field theory, it's more clear than ever how intimately connected it all is.

"Otherwise, I am just wary of beliefs because as I wrote, they tend to trap people; strong beliefs especially. If the beliefs are liberating then, I am all for it. I like to remain as flexible as possible. It tends to do me well."

I'm glad to know another person who has realized the benefits of lack of belief/faith. I've been preaching it for over 40 years. It's the first step in the seeker's method for finding truth without fooling themselves. Believe nothing. It's not required. If it's a fact, belief is irrelevant. Accept facts conditionally. New information often changes context. Fact: Turmeric is great for inflammation. Fact: As is it won't absorb so can't help you. Fact: Adding black pepper allows it to absorb. So if you just ate a couple grams of turmeric a day, you have expensive urine but nothing else. One fact is often not enough to come to a proper conclusion from.

If it isn't a fact, it can only be speculation or lie. There's nothing in between. So why believe speculation? It's dangerous at times. People who have faith and then discover they were wrong, often get very depressed, and some even kill themselves. Acting simply on speculative faith can also be dangerous for many reasons. And of course no one wants to believe a lie. So believe nothing. Accept facts only. Make models with them, study them, but don't believe they are true or false until proven to be either. Again, at that point there is still no reason to believe.

The other thing is not caring what the truth turns out to be. It's hard not to fool yourself if you have a personal stake in the truth. No matter our desire for how we want the universe to be, it's irrelevant. It is or isn't that way. Our desire/belief won't change the way it actually is one way or another.

"So, a dog has limited capacity of thinking and perception. Humans for the most part, have a higher capacity of thinking/analysis/perception. And in between humans, that capacity also varies to a point where some humans can "read", or I would use the word "see" energy patterns which others cannot. From this follows, that the more trained, or "advanced" in capabilities a brain has, the more "doors of perception" (to use Aldous Huxley expression) can open-up."

Yes it does. And don't get me wrong, A dog may be able to see energy patterns too, but not perceive them as we do. This is complex. Our brains have several thinking parts, though only one thinks in language. The limbic system has several subconscious glands. The amygdala is the best known as it gives us anger and fear and aggression emotions and auto responses. It's our fight or flight response. And it gets all sensory info first along with other glands. They send their info, emotions and suggested auto response to the left and right hemisphere's directly. A second or two later your rear cortex sends the more detailed processed info to the left and right lobes.

So unless your mind is trained to wait a second for more clarity to make a choice of action, you act on pure instinct/auto response. We can do that through our language based lobe. Once it's trained to do that when it can, you actually have a window to somewhat free will. But remember, we don't have one will. Each of those glands have a kind of will/opinion of their own, as does the right lobe. So it's the mix of all as one that's you're will, and you.

I'll continue this after your next comment below.

"This process of opening-up doors of perception/abilities of the brain/body, or of Being, as I would simply say, can be done through Sadhana (spiritual practices and there are many kinds, from many different cultures). Through a rigorous process one can lose the human form (as some sorcerers call it). And at that point, time has no effect, the body loses its significance and there is basically just consciousness aware of Itself."

You couldn't be more right. As it happens you can train your mind to give you any experience you want. I learned that through Zen Buddhism. They talked about reaching all different states of mind through meditation. I studied it and other Eastern philosophy for years. I achieved states of bliss, felt the oneness of all, etc. But it was the late 60s and lots of others were interested in philosophy and finding answers. I was introduced to sacred mushrooms and cactus. When I meditated with them it turned my life around. I was able to leave my body, experience just knowing, and just everything the gurus talked about. It made me see flaws in my life, character, etc, and how to change them so I could feel good in my own skin.. All without a single language based thought. As soon as I thought one word, it was gone. I call it thinking in non-thought. And I think animals live in that world. But they probably don't experience it like we do, because we also live with complex concepts on the other side, which are in control most of the time, And as said: at that point, time has no effect, the body loses its significance and there is basically just consciousness aware of Itself.

Mushrooms actually reverse the norm, acting on receptors that usually block the subconscious from us, opening the door to amazing experiences. Any one you want. And that's interesting. Through experiment I was able to live in middle earth and visit Alice in wonderland as if they were real. We all know we dream. Sometimes seeming ultra real. The brain is meant to create realities for you. So, how many spiritual experiences I had were real, and how many were just my desire? It certainly taught me a lot about myself so was well worth it

That lead me to study science for answers. And again, discovering the laws of atoms was like a revelation. I was sure it explained everything when I heard it. But no one else in class including the teacher saw it as highly significant as I did. But studying science has given me revelation after revelation for years since, and confirmation for many of my models. Another early model I thought of was that everything is energy. Again, when I studied eastern philosophy they said the same thing, which delighted me. But then I studied science, and found E=MC squared, and that proved it. I was amazed. But it wasn't till the 1980s and QFT that scientists started agreeing with me. Some still insist energy is just a property. A property of everything? A property that when completely removed from an object makes it completely disappear? Hardly.

"That is the lose story I play around with, aside from just hunting knowledge almost non-stop. And so, that is why consciousness and time are more, or less irrelevant in this three dimensional perspective. This is like the Matrix, where one can play, or practice, in order to make it beyond, or, in order to open more "doors of perception". This I live, so it is the story of this Being. It is not wishful thinking, or fantasy. I find that there are no limits with Spiritual work."

Again, I agree. And glad you're a seeker like me. I often hope there is more to it than this world, but I can't be sure. So I study the mind and science to figure it out. I still love the experiences and still meditate on occasion. And I still learn from the subconscious. But is it part of a cosmic consciousness? Or is it all brain? Is there a soul? Or is all your energy dissipated to create new things? I don't know. It's possible either way. But we have proof that if we have a soul, it's not what drives will or consciousness.

more to come

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on May 10, 2021:

"I'll have to look him up, but it sounds like we're not going to agree on much" - We do agree on a bunch and we agree on the most important thing in my opinion, that: everything is connected. All is One. Native people knew this/know this too. Their Medicine Wheel points to the interconnection of absolutely everything. That's a huge lesson!

Otherwise, I am just wary of beliefs because as I wrote, they tend to trap people; strong beliefs especially. If the beliefs are liberating then, I am all for it. I like to remain as flexible as possible. It tends to do me well.

The following two sentences build-up to a point, for me:"A dog doesn't have a clue because it doesn't think in complex concepts, but we can" and "ghost experiences as possibly recorded trauma in the material of a room read by a mind that's on the same frequency".

So, a dog has limited capacity of thinking and perception. Humans for the most part, have a higher capacity of thinking/analysis/perception. And in between humans, that capacity also varies to a point where some humans can "read", or I would use the word "see" energy patterns which others cannot. From this follows, that the more trained, or "advanced" in capabilities a brain has, the more "doors of perception" (to use Aldous Huxley expression) can open-up.

This process of opening-up doors of perception/abilities of the brain/body, or of Being, as I would simply say, can be done through Sadhana (spiritual practices and there are many kinds, from many different cultures). Through a rigorous process one can lose the human form (as some sorcerers call it). And at that point, time has no effect, the body loses its significance and there is basically just consciousness aware of Itself.

That is the lose story I play around with, aside from just hunting knowledge almost non-stop. And so, that is why consciousness and time are more, or less irrelevant in this three dimensional perspective. This is like the Matrix, where one can play, or practice, in order to make it beyond, or, in order to open more "doors of perception". This I live, so it is the story of this Being. It is not wishful thinking, or fantasy. I find that there are no limits with Spiritual work.

I studied history and philosophy in university. I had a trillion questions in my late teens and early twenties. Only philosophy satisfied that need for answers. Then, I got to "deeper" questions philosophy couldn't answer. If the Ancient Greeks didn't answer them, the Romans didn't answer them, the great German thinkers (my favorites), like Kant, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche couldn't answer them ... who could?

The answer for me was the Spirit World. Slowly, slowly answers began emerging to the questions philosophy did not answer for me. And philosophy cannot answer many questions because of our human form. As I mentioned earlier about humanizing time. We have to, while Being human. There is no way around it. We have to understand everything from the limited capabilities of this human body. We have words. How do we describe what is beyond our words and perception? We cannot because that's what we have. One cannot play a VHS tape on a cd player. Thus, we have to find ways around that and from my last twenty years of hunting knowledge, I can say that there are certainly spiritual ways of escaping the trap of human perception/being.

Yes, thank You very much for the conversation. I mean, it's part of what I was trained to do in university. Haha!!

All the very best to You! May Wakan Tanka always guide your path.

Ron Hooft (author) from Ottawa on May 10, 2021:

"Let's take a related side note. What is time?" - Haha!! I actually gasped, when I read that bit. I've been on this topic for decades now. It's not easy, in my opinion"

Yeah, it isn't easy. And my hypothesis about it is just that; a model that I think that has a good chance of being true. But I'm not trying to sell it as fact. I write in order to put my ideas out there for a trial by fire. I'd love it if more people would challenge ,me. It's the way I learn. If done right it makes you think harder and gets the best out of people. If proven wrong, that's great too. At ;least then I know what I missed in the first place.

But few people care much about philosophy anymore. That's why I'm always happy to see you.

"Behind me here, on the wall is a poster of: "The Melting Watch, (also known as Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion)" by Salvador Dali. That's one way of looking at Time and I like it."

Salvador is my favorite artist from that period. I envy you. ;)

"That would mean every nanosecond would have to repeat forever every nanosecond waiting for you to come back?" - Maybe there is another way. One of those situation where we don't know what we don't know."

Always possible, but even so, it would in some way always exist. If it didn't we couldn't go back to it, right? Even if stays as potential rather than repeating, why? It just makes no sense to me at all.

"That's all part of chaos theory." - This I think is a second time in a row I read about chaos theory in your pieces of writing. So, I guess You like that story? : )"

It's not a story actually, it's good science. And while I can't take credit for naming it, I actually did years before it officially had a name. I realized that chaos breeds order. And during a debate I mentioned that and gave several examples, then mentioned that it was chaos theory. He said there was no such thing. I said there was even if it wasn't called that. And sure enough, a few years later I started hearing the term from scientists.

It's simple and the observable evidence is everywhere. The simple becomes the complex by following the same simple rules over and over under different conditions. Everything from atoms to humans follow the same simple rule that does it all: Every atom has to try to stay at or get back to its lowest energy level. This is entropy. Not chaos, it's order. But different things interact. Whether human or atom, interaction causes higher energy levels. That demands a resolution. So atoms and humans can push each other away, destroy each other, or merge and find a new lowest energy level, as well as a new order. It explains so much, and is a universal pattern in everything. So yes, I think it has a lot of merrit and so much has already been discovered by using it.

"I'm just asking. I have no answers. It could very well be a simulation, as in we are the simulation. Or, even like the "Matrix", or "The Truman Show" (both movies I found excellent!). But I also see things in the future sometimes. I have dreamed things which happened at a later time, exactly as I dreamed them. So ... yah there is much more out there than we understand, or that science can understand (for now)."

Sure, and I couldn't care less what the truth actually is, I just want to know what it is. Knowing changes nothing. You still have to go to work, eat, sleep, love, etc, etc. We still suffer, feel pain, have needs etc. Nothing changes for us. And whether a god did it or 14 year old with a super computer did it, it's all a simulation anyway, unless it's all natural. And no, science certainly doesn't know everything. But it is the best method we've developed so far, along with logic to get real answers .

"The world was flat. Now it is round. Tomorrow might be ... nothing, absolutely nothing would surprise me."

Well it's not exactly round, but it's close enough, and it certainly isn't flat. I've been around it. We can see it from space. So I highly doubt that's going change.

"All things are connected in many ways." - Yes, indeed. It's sort of a blessing and a curse. If everyone understood it, it would be great but most people do not."

Agreed.

"Anyway, You wrote: "Again, we think in language which is complex concepts." I now have to mention: "Time and Narrative" by Paul Ricoeur. We have, through language humanized time. We only understand time with our limited (I would say) understanding and perceptions. That is why our definitions of "time", as well as "consciousness" are weak, to put it plainly."

I'll have to look him up, but it sounds like we're not going to agree on much.. lol... He's right, through language we humanized time. No doubt. Animals have a sense of time. My dog drags me to my room every day at 3 to feed her wet food. Not much before, and not long after. She knows, yet I doubt she has a concept of time at all. And if we didn't think in language neither would we. And does this fellow think we'd be able to understand anything better without it? I can tell you 4 words:" Build me a castle." From those 4 simple words there appear 4 concepts that each take paragraphs to explain. But you know what each concept is and the complexity involved with building a castle. All due to language. A dog doesn't have a clue because it doesn't think in complex concepts, but we can. So even if our concept of time isn't right, it's better than anything else's understanding on this earth at least. We'll get better. Evolution isn't finished and won't be till we are.

"And then, there are those strange deja-vu situations, which just happen at the weirdest times, for no apparent reason. "A glitch in the system" maybe, as explained int he Matrix? Haha! I have no clue."

Well, those might be explained simply. We know information can be recorded on anything. Atoms can store information. Waves of energy can carry radio or tv or cell phone signals. So, when something dies, the energy it was is conserved, dissipates, and mixes with other structures. what if information about what this energy was part of is retained? You eat something, a little while later you walk into a place you've never been to, but you recognize it as if you had. You simply read the info from the item you ate but you don't know that so think it's coming from you. A past life? lol... And I could go on to explain ghost experiences as possibly recorded trauma in the material of a room read by a mind that's on the same frequency. And I could go on, but I think you understand what I'm saying. It's just a model based on what we do know is possible. A lot of testing and research could prove it right or wrong. If someone was willing to do the testing and the money. Either way it turns out is fine by me. Either way, we'd know a lot more.

"All very interesting stuff. I have no firm beliefs here. I do not like firm beliefs on either "time", or "consciousness" because I do not wish to trap myself. : )"

Agreed. Again, I write to learn, not to pretend I have all the facts. I believe nothing either way. I give nothing any faith positive or negative. I just think some models are more likely true than others, and the only way to get closer to the truth is to keep researching, keep thinking, and keep using logic as opposed to feelings or sentiment..

"Thank You again for a very interesting piece of writing.

All the best!"

And thank you for reading and coming up with good interesting comments.

Keep well, And all the best to you too.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on May 09, 2021:

"Let's take a related side note. What is time?" - Haha!! I actually gasped, when I read that bit. I've been on this topic for decades now. It's not easy, in my opinion.

Behind me here, on the wall is a poster of: "The Melting Watch, (also known as Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion)" by Salvador Dali. That's one way of looking at Time and I like it.

"That would mean every nanosecond would have to repeat forever every nanosecond waiting for you to come back?" - Maybe there is another way. One of those situation where we don't know what we don't know.

"That's all part of chaos theory." - This I think is a second time in a row I read about chaos theory in your pieces of writing. So, I guess You like that story? : )

I'm just asking. I have no answers. It could very well be a simulation, as in we are the simulation. Or, even like the "Matrix", or "The Truman Show" (both movies I found excellent!). But I also see things in the future sometimes. I have dreamed things which happened at a later time, exactly as I dreamed them. So ... ya there is much more out there than we understand, or that science can understand (for now).

The world was flat. Now it is round. Tomorrow might be ... nothing, absolutely nothing would surprise me.

"All things are connected in many ways." - Yes, indeed. It's sort of a blessing and a curse. If everyone understood it, it would be great but most people do not.

"Does consciousness itself have anything to do with it." - "Consciousness" is just as tough of a term as "time" is. Many people are quick to define them but I am not so quick to do so. It's 11:11 right now. I'll leave it at that.

Okay, so I wasn't going to mention it because this is just going to never end, haha!! "Never-end" is another bombshell which I did not mean to drop but I did by mistake just now.

Anyway, You wrote: "Again, we think in language which is complex concepts." I now have to mention: "Time and Narrative" by Paul Ricoeur. We have, through language humanized time. We only understand time with our limited (I would say) understanding and perceptions. That is why our definitions of "time", as well as "consciousness" are weak, to put it plainly.

And then, there are those strange deja-vu situations, which just happen at the weirdest times, for no apparent reason. "A glitch in the system" maybe, as explained int he Matrix? Haha! I have no clue.

All very interesting stuff. I have no firm beliefs here. I do not like firm beliefs on either "time", or "consciousness" because I do not wish to trap myself. : )

Thank You again for a very interesting piece of writing.

All the best!

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