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LATEST DIALOGUES What is Time to the Unconscious Mind? – Julia Mossbridge

For most of us, our everyday conscious minds feel the stream of conscious experience flowing linearly through what we call the past, present and future. But how do non-conscious mental processes interact with events that take place in time? By definition, we aren’t privy to our non-conscious minds, so to get at this question, we have to use some tricks. I will first briefly describe current neuro-scientific and psychological ideas about how everyday conscious awareness creates a sense of order and temporal flow. Then we will delve into the methods used to examine how non-conscious processes interact with events, and how the results of such experiments can inform our understanding about the nature of reality and time. Specifically, I will describe the methods and implications of experiments examining non-conscious “time bending” (i.e., differences between our everyday conscious version of time and the versions accessed by non-conscious processes), including presentiment/precognition experiments and their implications. Finally, I will discuss a new model describing how the so-called past, present, and future collapse under the influence non-conscious processing. Taken from another point of view, this model also addresses how the past, present, and future are manufactured for use by everyday conscious processes.

This talk is recorded at SAND14.

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2 Responses to “What is Time to the Unconscious Mind? – Julia Mossbridge”

  1. February 03, 2015 at 10:18 pm, Jay Jacobus said:

    Time requires perception. Without perception the universe would go from beginning to end in a flash. The time from the big bang up to my birth was 13 billion years but to my perception it was nothing. The perception of time relates to my cognition of past events. Without any past events time would be an abstraction. Only my actual life and the time it involved makes time seem real to me.

    Another way is seeing this is “only the present exists”.

  2. April 21, 2018 at 4:00 am, Amrit said:

    Linear time “past – present – future” belongs to the mind. We experience a flow of changes which run in NOW in the mental model of linear time. Time in our universe has only the mathematical existence.

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