Where is Now Poster

How the Brain Processes and Re-assembles the World of Reasons

There are some TEDx talks that have been super helpful to me sorting out and “feeling” like understanding that the world is made of reasons, vs the default association with believing I am actually experiencing “reality”.  That was a dense sentence, and if it was not clear on it’s own, please refer to material developed by David Mills in the Law of Implication series can help build understanding of what those terms refer to.

 

While having the understanding of those terms, I was faced with how strange it still felt to do what I knew was correct.  One of the pieces of information that I’ve understood as well is that familiarity helps things feel more normal and natural, so I have really sought out more and more references to help build context for how our default way of experiencing the world is often so misleading.

 

To draw attention to a few elements of this talk that jumped out at me that relate directly to LoI (Law of Implication):

  • How the brain has to fabricate and assemble “reality” based solely on how long it takes to process certain visual elements.  No getting around this.  What you experience in your consciousness screen IS NOT what your eyes actually register, AND multiple elements are combined (Alchemy) in the mind to give us an experience of the world of reasons.  Interesting note: if we take motion out of the alchemical mixture of vision, we literally “go blind”.  Our brain will not assemble a vision of what is happening in the world of reason. Closely related is saccadic masking where the brain accounts for the eye motion it needs to actually assemble vision.
  • The time it takes the brain to process, and then reassemble color, shape and motion is different.  This means we are simply not ever experiencing “now” in the world, it is only ever “now” in our mind (consciousness screen).  The world being made of reasons also matches this function of our brains and how we experience the world.
  • The effectiveness of the brain to create or fabricate a story.  Being able to re-assemble different visual elements into a cohesive representation of what is happening in the world of reasons is a major function of the brain.  Adding in sound and even solely based on the speed of sound and light, it would line up differently on a time-line, but the brain puts it all together and makes the world seem real.  This gave me pause to consider how meaning gets attached to memories, and how that meaning can change if we find out later that something about our memory was incorrect.  “Oh, now that I realize you had a car accident, I’m not mad at you for being late…”  The brain does this all the time with meaning and framework and details.
  • “Time flies when you’re having fun”-> “When you’re having fun, time flies”.  That study for some reason really helped me “see” how the brain associates things, especially within a given context or framework.   If time flew, then we must have had fun…  There are a lot of proxies like this in how we experience things.

 

See what you think about this video and I’d love to hear more from you below in the comments.  I’ve started posted things on my website now, as opposed to natively in Facebook.  I’ve given them enough free value to keep people on their website over the last 5 years.  Changing and upgrading strategy…

 

 

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7 comments

  • Michel Gagnon March 3, 2018   Reply →

    This question is overwhelming.
    But I will give it a shut, trying to answer What is Now?

    I understand that Now is Past already.
    Our slow mechanic is not fast enough to grasp the experiencing reality in real time.
    So the experiencing present is the printed past in the brain.

    May we live in the past, in the future, or in another dimension (string theory, multiple dimension at the same time etc.) we may never be able to catch the real now.

    But it is not important.

    The important is how we approach the time we live.
    Here now or Thereafter, we never stop living.
    I believe life has no end. We live an infinite time.
    So we must make the best, of all the time.

    We live in our brain.

    We live our brain every minute of it.
    We are happy or unhappy, evil or good, according to the thoughts in our brain.
    Emotions also trigger, but let’s talk about the brain.

    After sex, the sky is bluer and the birds sing louder.
    In a nasty relationship, the brain gets poisoned for a long time.

    Millions of variables have shaped our brain since day 1.

    Genes, family, neighborhood, religion, friends, relationship etc.
    They are the script of our motion picture, our experiencing reality now.

    So the Now is the past.
    Not because of our slow mechanic, but the shape our brain is.

    The brain is like a piece of clay.
    It can be mold into as a perfect sphere or be squashed onto the ground.
    Its shape is subject to the law of cause and effect.

    The Now is not a matter of timing.

    If the Now is the past, the Now is untimed.
    Google is not in real time either.
    It takes 1/2 seconds to respond the search results.

    The Now is a matter of Experiencing Reality.

    What is the now for a Tibetan monk levitating?
    For a soldier in action?
    For a social worker bathing an old person?
    Or for an Alien in space?

    The Now is the experiencing reality, soul, mind, and body.
    May it seems slow, fast, in the past, in the future or in the other dimension,
    The Now is our brain, our feelings, our purposes in action.
    It is the whole of us, trough time, experiencing a reality.

    Conclusion
    The Now is the experiencing of the reality.
    The Now is untimed.
    Its timing is in the past.
    We live in our brain.
    The brain changes over time.
    The Now is the whole of Us, trough time, experiencing a reality.

    • Joshua Fletcher March 4, 2018   Reply →

      That opened up a question for me, with all the advice out there about “living in the now”. Since we never really can, if only because how the brain mechanically processes inputs, then what does the advice “live in the now, focus on the moment” actually mean and refer to? There seems to be a benefit, but it is hidden behind a sloppy definition and understanding of now. The benefit may lie in focusing on observing and noting, rather than focusing on judging and labelling (jumping to conclusions). Good thoughts Michel!

  • Adriaan March 3, 2018   Reply →

    Great post Fletch! It’s amazing how our brain creates this fantastic experience for us, every moment. Understanding it better will let us use it better.

    I also like where you are going with interaction on your site vs Facebook.

    The environment is much more targeted and we don’t have to see ads all the time.

    It would be nice if we wouldn’t have to fill out our name and address though:)))

    • Joshua Fletcher March 4, 2018   Reply →

      YES!! Thanks Adriaan. As I’ve decluttered my own life and thinking, I also want to help facilitate that for others as well. Glad you’re digging on the content here on my site. The names and addresses are mostly so I don’t have to wade through a thousand spam comments from SEOs every day… 🙂

  • Dave Pipitone March 5, 2018   Reply →

    Very interesting reflection about what we see “now.” It reminded me of the theory that the starlight from distant galaxies that we see on a clear night is really “old” and has traveled billions of light years.

    • Joshua Fletcher July 24, 2018   Reply →

      Yeah Dave, totally. I get blown away when I actually think about the photons that left a star (many) years ago actually just now reaching my eye, it kind of blows me away and wrecks the concept of “now” being what we see, in a good way. 🙂

  • Megan March 24, 2018   Reply →

    I’ve thought about the idea of an “eternal now” in regards to Bible prophecy – and that time and everything in time might be like a 3 dimensional construct or framework like the framework of girders for a large building, where there are fixed points that are known and revealed by God to the prophets who actually “saw” it and recorded it. How do they see it? It was revealed for a reason just like anything else in the world of reasons (WOR). And does one fixed happening that was predicted (example: the birth and existence of King Cyrus who existed for the reason of allowing the Jews to return from captivity to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall) and then hundreds of years later it happened exactly as foretold — does that mean everything is pre-determined? Well no, we know that’s not how God set it up. Within the construct of time as it relates to the world of reasons, God, who created aware beings and the WOR, can rig it to win like with Cyrus. But except for those fixed points (or boundaries?) we operate with some measure of free will and choice. The fact that specific events (or possibly boundaries?) are anomalies that God has set in this world of reasons even exist at all demonstrates that there is a quality of time that is always in existence and can be mapped, so to speak. It’s like an interactive computer game that has a beginning, middle and end where you win, and it’s all programmed before anyone can play or win. The player makes choices and based on those choices through time gets to the win. Except that is a very limited and crude analogy to what we experience. David says the future doesn’t exist because it hasn’t happened yet, but the fact that it will happen and that there are fixed points or boundaries God has communicated that exist (Armageddon, rapture, 2nd coming, healing the nations, etc etc) for the time that hasn’t yet happened but will (because that’s how God set it up and we have past fulfilled prophecies from those same prophets to understand that the rest will happen) makes me think that the “game” of life is set up with certain parameters. The new thought though is that prophetic fore-sight of events is not the same as predestination, but that these might be more like boundaries. In life we have choice and free will within boundaries. In other words we cannot have free will and choose to fly by jumping off a building (interesting that this was one of the temptations in the wilderness for Jesus). There are boundaries. So everything is not predestined and certainly not how each of us experiences our lives in time. But there are choices and the potential to maximize goodness or not. What do you think about this idea of time as a complete construct or framework, with specific time-stamped boundaries and operating with free will within those known boundaries?

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