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Jun 11

Frequency of Consciousness and Time; Perception is (not) Reality

The Frequency of Consciousness

figure-7_chronophoto2One Moment From Many, Many As One

This is what is known as a stroboscopic image. That is, this image is compiled from many images taken in a successive fashion and conjoined into one complete image.

This is a metaphor for consciousness in time. The actual occurrence of time is as such a elongated yet transient embodiment.

The Short and the Long Body Seen Together

Each image of the woman walking could be seen as “one moment” of experience in time. The brain collects these freeze-frame images from reality and streamlines them together so seamlessly that we perceive one continuous stream from one moment to the next.

The Similarity to Electronic Recording Apparatus

This is similar to how a camera and a TV or monitor works. The important part is as follows: the images are not actually streamlined together as one complete occurrence. They are as separate as can be! One can even take software and slow each frame down to view each individual occurrence and make alterations or observations. They are surely separate as this is the very nature of how the recording apparatus operates to transfer the light reflected from the images themselves onto a recording medium and then into a display.

Now we return back to the idea of how this relates to the reality of consciousness in the brain, and the actual physical reality around us that our body is immersed within. People often hold to the idea that because this reality is apparently, logically, streamlined as one continuous occurrence, that the brain itself must be responsible for chopping reality up into little moments within each second and then translating those into continuous streams of consciousness.

The truth may be different. In reality, we may actually be within a kind of physical and temporal ‘motion grid’ where actions and changes are restricted to a rigid interaction that is merely simulating the occurrence of true motion.

The Perception of Continuous Motion

phieffectThe image to the right is depicting what’s known as the “Phi Effect” and this is what creates the perception of fluid motion from a series of images. Even when the rate of change for the images are visible, motion is still generated through perception.

This motion is not actual, but is the generation of two single modes of operation of an on and off switching back and forth through three positions.  From this repetitive pattern we perceive a continuous stream of motion around the square. Try to watch a dot, and realize that it’s not moving, but merely traveling three spaces down and starting over again. This is difficult because our perceptions are capable of entraining us into a certain experience and this can be stronger than our own will-power. If you are persistent and focused, you may ‘zone’ out and defocus your perception from the individual motion and at-once realize the entire string of lights is not revolving but merely flashing as if through a glitch of some kind. Sometimes the dots may even appear to stop in perception. That is how you know you are a altering your perception through focus.

Perceptions Are Not Reality

Perceptions are not reality, but how we interpret various stimuli and develop a subjective experience is the reality we perceive as real. This is a tricky illusion. What we are lead to perceive is reality is just the interpretation of the paint on the canvas and is not even an accurate assessment of paint or a canvas.

The Collective Virtual Reality; The Human Experience of Biological Consciousness

We have similar perceptual systems so we believe we are all seeing the same reality. Often, we are all interpreting reality similarly and so we are all wearing the same “perceptual goggles” and plugging into the same “perception generated” subjective reality that only people with brains and perceptual systems geared towards this have access to. This is sometimes referred to as the collective human ‘virtual reality experience’.

This helps us communicate about, interact with, and understand aspects of the world however, this also locks us into a given reality which is considerably narrow considering any amount of perceptual subjectivity. That is because the stream of information we have access to is potentially far beyond what the mind can comprehend in a given situation, yet we can only express or interact with what we can make sense of. When stimuli or ‘internal information’ moves beyond the limits of perception we lose the ability to comprehend and integrate the experience into a meaningfully coherent reality.

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