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March 07, 2015

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...in temporal naturalism there is no search for the eternal, the infinite, timeless laws of existence beyond what exists in this one and only natural world.


The most annoying thing about people who have undergone a "paranormal experience" is their certainty that they've transcended time; that time is illusory and that something Eternal underlies time.

I can see where one could come to believe that and be comforted by the belief, but there's just no way to verify it. Consciousness is temporal, a "stream", an ongoing process, so there's no way to know you've transcended it. We're born, we die, and you can believe you're timeless if that makes you feel better, but keep that conceit to yourself, please.

First things first, X: how do I verify that you are conscious?

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