Re: Cultural traits and vulnerability to memes

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Date: Fri Mar 15 2002 - 00:39:38 GMT

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    >This was actually Descartes' insight, not Einstein's. Descartes invented
    >the graph bearing three axes, one for each physical dimension. Then he
    >realized time would simply be the fourth axis. In fact, the spatialization
    >of time goes deeper still, right to the core of the human intellect.
    >Jaynes discusses this in *The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of
    >the Bicameral Mind.* We think of everything spatially, even time. That's
    >because the intellect operates visually, and you can't visualize time. You
    >can only visualize it in terms of clock-faces or calendars, etc. Vision is
    >inherently spatial. That's the basic problem. That's why we try to make
    >time into a kind of space. We don't like mystery; we prefer certainty.
    >Time is the very essence of mystery. Without time, all would be perfectly
    >transparent to the rational intellect.

    You've probably read my theory on dimensions in earlier posts. They are
    merely ways of dividing up an unidivded universe within our minds in an
    attempt to understand what our senses are reporting to us. Time is not a
    mystery, it's a measurement of motion. Time is relative because all
    measurements are taken from the point of view of the measurer and no two
    measurers can occupy the same point in the universe at the same time.
    Without someone to do the measuring, there is no spacetime. There are only
    the things that spacetime measures plus the things it can't measure.



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