Brain in a vat

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by James R, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. birch Valued Senior Member

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    this brain in a vat is maybe partly true but not in the literal sense. We may be simultaneously in different planes of existence as in different aspects of consciousness exist in different levels of reality so can see or know what your eyes can't as well as on the physical plane that we define it as.
     
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  3. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

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    The general idea of one's total identity being distributed far beyond the body state exhibited in an immediate moment, but that local instance of the person lacking awareness of the greater extension, also tumbles of out of perdurantism.

    Even though you may be conscious in most if not all of your temporal parts, each of those only has isolated cognition of itself. Due to the recruited memories and sensory information present in the body of that moment concerning that duration alone (and the "nearby" past moments preceding it which it may "be about").[*]

    No particular brain state has access to and can carry consciousness of the entire identity complex; it just makes its own slice of the overall entity "real" by showing it visually, aurally, haptically, etc. The commonsense interpretation of each temporal part turning on and off in sequence instead of all "being continuously on at once" results from their relational or connective order as experienced internally.

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    [*] Actually a milliseconds-long unit of human cognition would supervene upon a vast number of yoctoseconds that divide time at the subatomic level. Which arguably attests to the necessity of them co-existing slash perpetually enduring. A unit of human cognition cannot "fit" into a yoctosecond.
     
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