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18101Time, Consciousness, and Unconsciousness

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  • adhanom andemicael
    Jun 23
      Let us consider the following statement:

      S1: Unconsciousness can persist for at most zero seconds.

      I suggest that this statement is true.

      ***

      Argument:

      Let us suppose the following:

      - O_A is a conscious observer that exists in spacetime.
      - O_A is the only conscious observer that exists in spacetime.
      - m1 is the moment "1:00 pm, Jan. 1, 2000."
      - m2 is the moment "2:00 pm, Jan. 1, 2000."
      - O_A ceases to be conscious at the moment m1.
      - O_A does not regain consciousness until the moment m2.
      - The time dimension of spacetime does not pass.
      - When O_A is unconscious, O_A's subjective time does not pass.
       
      ***

      Now let us consider the following statements:

      S2: Between m1 and m2, time passes for a duration greater than zero seconds.
      S3: Between m1 and m2, O_A is unconscious for a duration greater than zero seconds.
      S4: Between m1 and m2, O_A is unconscious for at most zero seconds.
      S5: When O_A is unconscious, O_A's subjective time does not pass. 
      S6: O_A can remain unconscious for at most zero seconds.

      ***

      If statement S2 is false, S3 is false. S2 is false. Therefore, S3 is false.(1)

      If statement S3 is false, S4 is true. S3 is false. Therefore, S4 is true.

      If statement S5 is true, S6 is true. S5 is true. Therefore, S6 is true. 

      If statement S6 is true, S1 is true. S6 is true. Therefore, S1 is true.(2),(3),(4) 



      Notes:

      1. In order for an unconscious state to persist, time has to pass.

      2. We tend to think of unconsciousness as a state that can persist. However, unconsciousness is a state that cannot persist. 

      3. The argument presented above forces us to rethink the nature of consciousness.

      4. Unconsciousness can exist for at most one moment (i.e., for at most zero seconds).


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      Adhanom Andemicael
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