by Alex Vikoulov
"What science discovers at the end, the mystics have known since the beginning." - Inayat Khan
Mathematical formulas and models describe our "physical rule set" but we still don't have much of a mathematical representation to describe our "neural code" and inner experience, i.e. consciousness which is needed to "activate" time.
Time is NOT dynamic, but rather the static 4th dimension in holographic 4D space-time, unless you add a special ingredient to it - conscious observer. Otherwise, time without a conscious observer would be like a frozen river, one of the static coordinates in 4D space-time (scientists labeled 4D space-time the "Block Universe") - there's neither special "Now" nor objective flow of time in any direction.
This is the second part of my essay - Temporal Dynamics: Seven Misconceptions About The Nature of Time. Please review the first four misconceptions about the non-linear nature of time, hidden from our senses, before proceeding with this part of the essay:
by Alex Vikoulov
"Information is the resolution of uncertainty."
- Claude Shannon
We're getting closer to incorporate consciousness as an integral part of the scientific picture of the "physical world". Not only celebrated physicists of the 20th century such as Max Plank, John Wheeler, David Bohm, Niel Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger argued that consciousness is a fundamental property of our Universe but the new pleiad of scientists such as John Hagelin, Sir Roger Penrose, Stuart Hameroff, Guilio Tononi, Christof Koch, Donald Hoffman, Robert Lanza embarked on their quest to put consciousness on the new solid scientific footing and dimensionality.
Naturalism with its Newtonian mechanics and classical interpretation of reality is valid only within its domain of applicability, namely human perceptual reality, whereas quantum theory paints a drastically different picture. As Max Plank once said: "Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve." Nothing is real for us until perceived, and all we know is our own inner experience. That's why scientists have to deal with the mystery of how there can be anything but a first-person reality. No matter how you slice it, everything leads back to the conscious observer.
Do we live in 5D conscious observer space-time where the unified field of consciousness is the 5th dimension, space of all probabilities? Out of trillions first-person experiences available to you in any given moment somehow you get to experience only one of them thus collapsing all other potentialities except one which manifests in a Conscious Observer Moment (COM). A series of sequential COMs creates your continuous flow of time and your unitary sensation of "reality".
Video: Closer to Truth - Interview with Guilio Tononi
By Alex Vikoulov
"Organisms are themselves expressions of emergent order and agents of higher levels of emergence." - Brian Goodwin
Our observable Universe is 92 billion light years across, which is a fraction of the unobservable universe, which is just one of an infinite number of universes in the multiverse. All this space, time, energy, and matter, even consciousness itself boils down to INFORMATION, or Code if you will. Digital Physics, a relatively new field of science, implies that INFORMATION may be a fundamental property of our Universe, an evolving phenomenon.
My new coming book "The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution" revolves around this very question "What, actually, is Information?" and takes you on the journey through times with the focus on what's most important to us as conscious beings - OUR SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE.
If Everything is made of information, according to Digital Physics, what is the fabric and ultimate nature of reality? Philosophy of mind has been wrestling with another question: can we solve the "Hard Problem of Consciousness"? What inner experience could a bat, a dog, or an augmented human have?
Biological organisms, from unicellular bacteria to a human, are incredibly advanced, intricate information processing, computational systems, the product of billions of years of evolution. But do biological systems hold monopoly on conscious awareness?
Video: "The Syntellect Hypothesis", Book Trailer by Ecstadelic Media
by Alex Vikoulov
"The only greatness for man is immortality."
- James Dean
I've been asked by Eric Schulke of The Movement for Indefinite Life Extension (MILE): Why do you support indefinite life extension? Here's my answer with a short video:
"First of all, just like most of us, I love life and I don't want to die. I think by dying you make your life experience, your unique world perspective, somewhat irrelevant. It's like you went on vacation, and when you're back home, you realize that you lost your camera with all your photos and videos.
The problem with the society today is that most people accept death as a natural part of life cycle. Nothing can be further from the truth. Life is what makes life meaningful!