Reading about the fascinating subject of time, one is struck by how it is all related to motion and trajectories, and then after Einstein to relativity, or the relationships between various trajectories, speeds, and points of view. For me, through the filter of enormous simplification, this may be seen as the Newton/Apple or "analog" approach.
But there is also the very new science of quantum physics which is perhaps a more "digital" approach. Bits and bytes appearing, disappearing. Statistical probabilities of locations instead of actual, mappable points of a graph, just the way data is stored to memory in a computer, but we have no idea where.
Some points just now brought up on the crowleycrow.livejournal pages seem numinous to me, and I will try to amplify them here.
First off, the idea of an "event" surely implies the existence of consciousness. I would also think that that an 'event consciousness" would be a species-specific thing. An event for a frog must be different than an event for a human, even if both are perceiving a white room where a red ball is dropped through the ceiling to the floor.
Consciousness of an event also presupposes memory because it is congruent with witnessing, and then discriminating that something has changed. Thus events are markers of time for consciousness, that is to say, an event change is a tick in the consciousness clock. I think it may be revelatory to ponder, however, that these ticks are out of phase, differently timed, than clicks tied to an actual clock. In fact, I am saying, unlike a real clock, the conciousness clock does not run until the next event change is noted.
JC's Engine Summer kiss regression can only be described as its successive imagined event changes.
Another way to say this is that we need clocks because the hardware of our meat brains do not keep good time. Much study in psychology has been done on how time events are delayed or transposed by our minds, totally beneath our awareness. It is subtle, but as I say, we are not a good clock.. No wonder Proust was in search of lost time!
This in turn says something odd about our relationship to physics. If we are really keeping different time in our minds, then should that not be extrapolated, like Einstein's equations prove, to the idea that we are somehow on a different trajectory or have a different point of view than that of the surrounding matter we think we coexist with? This may seem obviously true in the trivial sense, but I am suggesting something more profound.
Roger Penrose has speculated that there are quantum aspects to our brains. I am not a mathematician and can produce no equations related to the mathematics of human consciousness or mortality, but Penrose's speculation seems to open the door to new possiblities.
Trying to follow the analog/digital idea above--. Is our consciousness somehow, being a more quantum physics, or digital-like process, beyond, not tied to, but merely observing a cage of analog material stuff we think we are limited by, but only because we must process it or relate to it in a strict linear fashion?
If the universe we perceive is a holographic projection, all of time exists entire from beginning to end. Is our consciousness then just the necessary needle moving across events one at a time, as consciousness must, to release the recording?
Are our souls then more like the sound of music from an old Victrola, no more alive for all their noise, than the wax graves that hold their traces? Are we are immortal then only in inert substance, because we are part of the recording and cannot be destroyed?.
If the current universe is a replaying, then perhaps it has suffered some loss of dimensions, is only a part, or a reflection of its original form. Maybe we were the very gods that created this recorded universe to give us some kind of "immortality," but at ironically at the very cost to us of knowing it.
All the talk about information being preserved and not destroyed by black holes seems to say to me that our individual thoughts and knowledge once recorded somewhere cannot be destroyed either. This is encouraging but frightening as we have no idea where exactly in this process we are. Where, how, our current information might be stored, and whether it could stay organized in anything akin to its former, or another existence, is a thrilling question. But what if we are already the stored data? Then this is heaven and we are probably stuck here to play over and over whenever the universal jukebox gets a booth seat request for number 42. Wow, I surprise myself. I think that's the only and best explanation for Doug Adams' enigmatic #42 solution to life, the universe, and everything that I have ever seen! I wish Adams were still around to say if I got it right. We all miss you Doug!
Would it not be ironic that folks like us who write books about Flatland-- the imagined 2-D world, might themselves be limited to a bigger but analogous subset of the true universal dimensions? If our 3d physics describes only a part of the universe the same way Euclid describes only 2d paper, then we are comical creatures indeed, and maybe the only thing able to reach the further dimensions is our laughter...