Nov 8(To understand this blog you’ll want to begin at the beginning: HOME – Post 1, June 14, 2015). (glossary: N = Now, D = Demiourgos (God) C = Consciousness Q = Incipient consciousness occurring at N W = World State, t =- past)
Clearly one thing at least isn’t determined at N. This is the fact that there is decisional, evaluative consciousness is sufficient evidence that we can structure conceptia and compose theoretical judgments independently of bodily states given at N. Although those states can influence judgment, they do not, inert as they are, compose the processes of the understanding. Now it is always possible that we may believe erroneously that our thinking is free when in fact Q is not so much a given ACTIVITY but a DETERMINED TRANSLATION of body states into information and represents a STATE OF UNDERSTANDING at N.
In such a case, the judgments given into Q and subsequent understanding would HAVE to be true judgments about the world that have been presented through recent N. The intentionality present in interpreting memory would not be the intentionality of Q but instead it would be the fact of being GIVEN at N. But if this were the case, then there would not, among humankind, exist such a huge diversity of opposing judgments not all of which could be true.
The fact that we hold to epistemic foundations such as the law of the excluded middle, demonstrate that the will is intentionally FREE because judgments must have the freedom to be erroneous. But the will may be free yet action may NOT be thus. All action involves physicalia, all of which is inert as a state at N. Since the existence presented following N – the only existing time – emerges where previously there was only void, with its own moment of N of being, not contiguous with the world of existence, just annihilated. If the two states and the one following WERE contiguous in order, the time of each would merge with that of the one preceding and that following.
There would then be no discrete period of duration or no TIME. Time and existence have to occupy a condition where there is a definite beginning boundary of the moment of being hacked by void – when it is not. There is a similar boundary where that moment of being is NOT, also marked by void. There can be no changes within this moment of being, as change would entail that it be what it is not. Change only happens when a new world IS at its specific moment N of time. Therefore for the duration of N, all existence is inert. It cannot change into what it is not, nor can it effect states that once were or are to be, but at N, are not.
Therefore there is no cause and effect initiated within existence. There is only change of state. Therefore, I may will it to be so but it Is not I that is causing this pencil to scribble across this page right now. I, nor does anyone, have freedom of action despite our firm belief that we do. The question of course, then is – ‘How is it our actions mostly successfully respond to our will?’ Let us suppose that at N, Q represents the initial set of conceptia of the world at which point a simple bodily action is begun to be willed. This is the first instance of what will constitute a series of Q over a string of creations and annihilations of N(+W).
This will become the CONSCIOUS INTENT of performing that act. Let us refer to the number of N required for that conscious will to be brought into being as E and the point at which it is completed as Time N (Qt).
This is taken to mean that the world of existence in which the will to act consciously is represented as an historical summation of Q over the corresponding t number of N. This conscious intent to act comes to fruition as a conceptium of the understanding, C.
Then there is a small diagram:
C then is N to N (Qt)
A capitol N is followed by 5 lower-case N’s with subsets 1-5. Below this row is an arrow down to a capitol Q followed by 5 lower case Q’s with subsets 1-5. Both capitol letters have long arrows pointing to a second capitol and a lower case t. A final arrow goes from the last capitol N to the last capitol Q, (both with lower case t’s)
But the world at N(+W) was a different world at the time the intent to act was first begun. C, an accumulation of Q resulting in a conceptual understanding of C’s environment, was an understanding at N of a W that no longer existed. The DECISIONAL act N to N (Qt), is an act that is taken on an understanding of a world comprised of conceptia of something that is NOT. The agent who begins his bodily action at N (Qt) is now acting in a world he THINKS he is experiencing, but is not. Not only is he acting in something that is not there, but he is acting in something that was not there BEFORE he started the decisional process to start an act.
No perception, no concept we ever have, do we have in the present. A perception requires a number of N – call it hypothetically t – to be arranged into a CONCEPT of a wordly object. The completion t always represents the past.
So at point Nt, we have a number of Q that have advanced over of world states to Wt. Q is the FRAGMENT or the incipient of what will eventually be a point at which C has composed the intention to act. C is composed of Q which are given into brain states at N(+W). Q is the recognition of the four categories simultaneously.
1) Of the logos which is AWARENESS of two points in place: self as awareness of… and environment of awareness, which can include (and probably is, initially) – an awareness of self being aware.
2) Also present in Q as occupying the environment of awareness (E) are PERCEPTIA or fragments of physical existence appearing as states of the brain at N of each new world-state, which is translated into Q as information.
3) Q also is composed of primary INTENTIONALITY in which is receives this information at N – an activity limited to Q because the brain state as physicalia is INERT at N. Q also receives a cumulative MEMORY from the brain.
4) But this memory is not complete until it is composed by Q’s intentionality into CONCEPTIA that will go into category – formation which will in turn become the basis of the category hierarchy. Memory is required for ongoing judgment of perceptia and conceptia.
Q is given at N along with the brain state as part of the plenum of existence. But an immense number of Q, it can readily be seen, are required before a point can be reached over many N that we could call a consciousness ‘of.’ Of course in thinking, C, by definition, is ongoing. But C takes many brain states and many corresponding Q. It becomes obvious that there is no one-to-one relationship between Q and full-blown C. C is much, much slower than change of existence.
So at point N (Qt), the INTENTION to act is formalized as a complex CONCEPTION of intent. But a time-lapse of another t, N(Qt) to N (Qt)2, is required to reach a consciousness of the act actually being performed. But if an act of conscious will requires an N period, t, to come INTO actuality, a similar amount of N (t2), must be required for Q to attain to the consciousness of N (Qt)2 required to MAINTAIN that physical act. But during the period N (Qt) to N (Qt)2, C Is conscious of the act actually being PERFORMED. During this interval, the level of conscious will necessary to command an act of maintenance – which would be similar to t – the number of N needed to INITIATE the act – isn’t attained until point N (Qt)2 is reached.
In fact, the act is being maintained through a series of N (+W) INDEPENDENTLY of C’s will.
Here another small diagram:
1————————-Action In Effect————————————————————————>
N———————————–>N (Qt)—————————>N (Qt)2——————————–>N (Qt)3
(Brackets point down to: Brackets point down to: Brackets point down to:
C: Intention To Act C: Intention to Maintain Act C: Intention to Maintain
So what is happening in reality is, after C’s decision to perform the act at N (Qt), the act goes on during periods of a large number of state-changes in which the conscious will to change state-to-state (the actual action at N(+w) is ABSENT. So what intentionality is actually mantaining the act to completion is not the intentionality of C? The only possible answer is that though the will of intentionality is a freedom of consciousness, THE WILL TO CREATE MOTION THROUGH WORLD-STATE CHANGE IS POSSESSED ONLY BY THE AGENT of N(+W).
REVIEWING – 3 POINTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS;
1) C, including will to act, is intermittant – not continuous – over N(+W)
2) C, including very recent memory, is composed of conceptia already formed, ie C IS NEVER C OF THE PRESENT, ONLY OF THE PAST. Therefore,
intentionality, including will to act, happens in the past – ina world that is already gone.
3) Because of C’s intermittant nature – as a state brought about ove many N at N (Qt), it is not full C that maintains an ongoing set
of bodily states that make up an act in which C is represented only by fragmentary, embryonic c or ‘Q.’ Bt Q requires a
number of N, ‘t’ in order to approach full understanding. Therefore the will to act follows the intermittancy of C but
cannot do more than INTEND to act. The state-change that makes up the act is actually brought into existence by the agent of
Consciousness takes many N and Q to attain to levels of understanding required to commence and maintain a bodily action, too slow for there to be a one-to-one causal relation to state-change even if such a potency lay within the domain of C. Certainly C exists at a level below thought and intention most of the time. Thought an to a lesser extent, intention, require understanding in terms of complex conceptia. Being conscious doesn’t require hard-core thought, just skimming along on conceptual judgments that are mostly memory accumulation stored. Q in brain-state patterns generally suffice for walking to the corner store or sticky-tonguing a luscious fly buzzing inadvisadly near your lilypad.
But whatever the level involved, C remains slower than N(+w) and never arrives as does W as a full-blown state at N. The actionlike nature of Q makes C always a process. The relatonship between Q and N(+W) remains an occulsion. The relationship between Q and the brain is not one of cause-and-effect, but rather of information transfer. Q retrieves memory FROM the brain and stores it INTO the brain, making the information given to Q as perceptia, the basis for C’s category-judgment. The conceptia resulting from this, are given back to the brain upn the understanding having made categorical judgments. These judgments are always of perceptual information many N in the past. All complete consciousness simple or complex, is ALWAYS consciousness of the past.
It was suggested earlier that Q retains cumulative memory. Most likely cumulative memory is retained in the brain and stored in brain patterns summoned at need by Q. Q’s salient quality is INTENTIONALITY, although the conceptia relating to what it needs from the brain and for category-formation in its embryonic beginnings would be an essential part of what Q does. Logos is the structure of existence, of everything there is.
Therefore BEFORE existence W can be created, there must first be logos. It is not only the structure of existence, it represents the POSSIBILITY of existence. In other words, logos is a condition of necessity. Without it there could be no existence.
But logos also is KNOWLEDGE of the conditions of existence. It is a set of four categories and categories are the terms of understanding.
Logos is experienced in existence. In this way it is the necessary requisite for consciousness. Without logos there is no consciousness.
A. Logos is necessary for existence
B. Logos is necessary for consciousness
C. Existence is necessary for consciousness
D. But consciousness is NOT necessary for existence. (I suggest a challenge for statement D)
Logos must pre-exist existence. Logos is the IDEA of existence, the POSSIBILITY of existence and the STRUCTURE of existence.
We know of only two modes of existence: consciousness first and secondarily, a world we deem physical in virtue of perceptia and the categorical structure of conceptia, a complex system of empirical knowledge supported by categorical deductibility – the ‘social’ world including science.
Since logos has to be BEFORE existence is created at N, it must, like the agent of N(+W) itself, have its reality BEYOND existence and not subject to the void. The logos is composed of a set of four inter-implicatory categories: being, time, place, change. As categories, they make up the foundation of all knowledge. They are EXPERIENCED as CERTAINTIES by the understanding. They comprise the real SYNTHETIC A PRIORI. But as KNOWLEDGE of the foundation of existence and at the same time, NECESSARY for existence, there must necessarily be a consciousness of the logos.
BUT the universe is known to have existed long before consciousness (at least on our planet).
But consciousness is not necessary for existence. We know that because we know our universe existed long before consciousness arrived on our little planet. But that consciousness arrived into existence from beyond existence, since in order for there to BE existence. There had to be the logos – the pre-ordered structure and possibility of existence. Consciousness enters existence with the logos, and with the knowledge through EXPERIENCE of the logos of being, time, place and change, understanding begins.
So in a sense, both existence and understanding depend on the logos. But how, we may well ask, can CATEGORIES command existence? Categories are just IDEAS, aren’t they?
So they are – but are ideas, ideas, if there is no understanding to recognize and contemplate them?
We are back to the realist/nominalist debate of the scholastics. But I tend to fall into a point somewhere between. Objects perceived are really compositions of our categorical hierarchy Qua objects. They are also existents composed of stuff.
I have suggested that existence is a plenum. that means that there is nowhere in place at N where existence is NOT. But existence comes in two modes: physicalia or stuff or matter (including the viscosity of ‘space,’ and consciousness. But maybe we shouldn’t say this too lightly. A ‘mode’ means a way of acting or presenting. So when I suggest that existence comes in two modes, I’m saying that both stuff and consciousness are existence – two ways of existence showing itself. They LOOK different but they are not. They are BOTH existence, really two ways of being the same thing.
But all along I’ve been insisting stuff and consciousness are NOT the same thing! So whoa back here! Either BOTH stuff and consciousness exist or they ARE different and… one of them does NOT exist. Existence as we know it, is physicalia or stuff. Consciousness also exists but it is NOT stuff on 4 points:
1) It is not extended
2) It does not exist at N as a state but as a ‘happening,’ a form of activity that is NOT motion.
3) It ‘happens’ at N as an awareness or a RE-COGNITION of the category of the logos
4) It can motivate through state change its own body, intentionality or WILL.
It is a dictum of current doctrine that all existence, most often referred to as ‘nature,’ can be completely explained in terms of the attributes of matter. But at the only moment matter exists, it has no attributes other than extension in place and inertia. All motion, force and change are given at each moment of a new existence at N. No inert state can cause anything within itself and no state can affect states that no longer exist (past and future) at N. Nothing EVOLVES – all is GIVEN at each N. Both physical existence and conscious existence are given by the agent that CREATES existence at the moment of time. N.
BUT conscious existence comprises an awareness of the LOGOS. All consciousness is PRIMARILY an awareness of the logos. Even an amoeba has a weak awareness of being at the moment, being as self and environment and change or motion. This re-cognition or knowledge of the logos is GIVEN INTO BUT DISTINCT FROM STUFF.
But the logos, as both the categorical idea of and the possibility of the existence of a physical world WOULD NECESSARILY HAVE TO EXIST BEFORE THAT WORLD IS CREATED. As an idea, the logos is a form of knowledge that ENTERS the world of physical existence as consciousness. Therefore, consciousness in a primary form must exist PRIOR to the creation of physical existence at N and enter physical existence at N when W replaces void. It must represent the INTENTIONALITY of the agent of N(+W) to create being, time, place and change and as intentionality, it must be conscious as a spark Q that enters into discrete locales in the plenum of existence and as intentionality can interpret brain states at N – and alter them.
I am at this point, suggesting a sort of very strong – most would dismiss as a ridiculously mystical – anthropic principle! that physicality CONFORMS TO THE CONCEIVED IDEA OF IT.
Consciousness is not full at N. N happens so fast and C takes many changes of world state building from its particle-like form, Q – recalling conceptia and beginning the task of making judgments, that full consciousness is always awareness of the past, memory, that operates as awareness of the present, is familiar to us as the present, but is not and never is. Even in the high velocity of a hockey game where the action involves decisions so fast they must seem like an observer to be reflexive, they aren’t.
They are all decisional, but all the decisions are happening in the recent past and all the fans watching are watching in the past as well. Understanding is an ongoing complexity of conceptualization that even at a relatively simple level requires more time than that to keep perception and comprehension abreast of the present at N. Thus there are two realities: the reality of the world-state at the instant when being occurs and the reality of the comprehension of the world, a result of consciousness understanding of a categorical structure. It is as this level that the will is free to judge and to choose.
But the ‘present’ of this level is a present of memory, a sort of necessary illusion. Action cannot be maintained or even initiated at this level because the level of motion is the level of state-change, including the incipience of Q which with its perception and memory/conceptual information transfer with the brain, will accumulate over a number of N(+W) to the level of consciousness, is far ahead of that point. But Q is broken only at N. Therefore C is ongoing. But it remains conscious of a conceptual constructin of the past. Hence we have free will of the UNDERSTANDING but NOT of action.
However, there appears to be a sort of agreement between C and the agent of N(+W) wherein state-change as it refers to the body, will result in an action begun at N.
TWO DIAGRAMS FOLLOW TO BE PLACED HERE SHORTLY WHICH SHOULD AID IN UNDERSTANDING THE ABOVE
More to follow of this investigation of existence