Consciousness series pondered
Hofstadter’s “strange loop” and other ideas presented in the article “Self as symbol” (SN: 2/11/12, p. 28) suggest, but never say, that the notion of “I” exists in the dimension of time, not space. Obviously then, consciousness is not a tangible object — not any part of the brain. Rather, the “I” phenomenon is a process, a happening, always actualized with verbs like think, remember and exist. This idea is evident when one considers that self-awareness is always “now,” carried along the arrow of time. Just as movie cels projected in sequence can create a story, brain activity, regulated by biology, generates an evolving self-perception, a “strange loop” called human awareness.
James Wegryn, Dimondale, Mich.
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