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Originally posted by ZeroDeep
This is a questions thats been itching at me for months.
Can we measure the speed of Consciousness, is thier a speed. It may sound a bit robust, but this is ATS!
Also, Iv been doing some reading on peter russels.
I came across the question,
"How can something so material as matter conjur something so unmaterialistic as counsciousness?"
Does anyone have any insights?
[Edited on 18-1-2004 by ZeroDeep]
Originally posted by feygan Anyone who has had an accident (car crash is perfect as an example) will know how time seems to slow down. This also happens to extreme sports people., when they are in the "zone"
Originally posted by IMMORTAL
What about the speed of consciousness going only as fast as the neurons on the brain can fire. I would think that the speed of consciousness would only be as fast as this firing, which is probably about the speed of electricity and light.
Originally posted by smirkley
Lets say you are driving around..
anywhere...thinking about school, work, girlfreinds, or family, the radio is on, you are watching the traffic and pedestrians, ..
life is just normal.
Suddenly a truck comes from nowhere....all you know is that everything in your life you were thinking about is gone from your thoughts...
the truck is going to hit my car!... I can see it coming...I know , dammit, I cannot avoid it. This guy is really going to piss me off. You see the truck impact, interesting how the glass shattered in a particular pattern,..the feeling of floating or sliding, unusual,...funny I am not really hearing the noises....whats that...another car coming in?,..or am I sliding to it?....my wife is going to be pissed....'flashback to wife holding kids in yard'...BAMM....damn I hit the car....now I hear the final grinding slow to a stop.....(long pause to gather thoughts again)...it sure seems quiet again,...notice the dust floating in slowly where the winshield was.....thought I heard a siren.....Oh Man now my insurance is screwed,...what am I going to do about a car. ...I wonder if that guy is OK?
I must be alright I guess...maybe I should get out of the car....wow, I am not in my seat,...WOW what was that pain.....DAMN.. I am bleeding from somewhere!
About that time the ambulance shows up, and everything seems to be moving faster now. People moving around me,...now in the gurney, ..hearing ambulance wailing down the street with me in it. These people arnt listening to me, I'm trying to tell them something.....
I am trying to verbally visually express what my mind would be experiencing in a car wreck on a street, whereas if the experience would be somewhat new to me. (I have had experience by being involved in several accidents over time.)
You see how the whole world outside your car suddenly disappeared from your brain,...short of a mid-motion flashback or two...and you became wholly focused on the reality very close to you....It provides you with opportunity to see much, to think much about what you see,...all while your brain has shut down much of your other sensory perception, excluding what the brain currently relies on for 'sincere input', the eye's.
And notice, even though I may have left out much thoughts that occur in the duration of the event, so much info can be processed, when the brain regulated the data input flow, and blocks the inputs that are not as relevent in this hunt/fight/flight stress induced adrenaline enhanced moment.
Although the event to the witness, only took less than 30 seconds start to finish, you might actually process and 'think' a quantity that normally would take several minuts to think out.
[Edited on 21-1-2004 by smirkley]