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November 18, 2009

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Nice post! I was wondering - in order for it to even be possible, doesn't the activity we know as "thought" depend on the kind of linearity that's inherent in the time dimension?

Brian in Colorado, yes, it sure seems so. We are creatures of time. Things happen one after the other, including our thoughts -- plus emotions, perceptions, and all the other contents of consciousness.

It's difficult to imagine what life would be like if everything stopped. No change. No linearity. No circularity. No anything. "Death" is a word that comes to mind. Also, "boredom."

The way I see it, time is a given -- like space. We can't do away with it. Nor would we want to, if death/boredom is the alternative.

My thought in this post is that perhaps it is possible to alter our relationship with time, to view time differently, less self-centeredly, more broadly.

So much has happened in the cosmos before I came along. So much will happen later. My life is a product of what came before, and it will be an influence on what happens later.

In this sense, we all are extremely long-lived beings, if not infinite. Not personally, but as part of a highly interrelated universe.

Certainly not theologians? I beg to differ - read the later chapters of St. Augustine's "Confessions" and you will find a very in-depth analysis of time.

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