From the webmaster
Keywords: Spacetime, decision-making, emotion, freewill
There is something like a consensus in physics that spacetime is discrete rather than continuous. This would appear to mean that spacetime is something like a network or web having pattern, and therefore capable of representing or conveying information.
Clearly there is no evolutionary advantage in expending energy accessing the spacetime level, if it only does the same kind of logic or reasoning as is already available in the dorsolateral prefrontal. What this pattern does is certainly a hard question, but my suggestion would be that it’s something reflected in the known relative advantages of computers and brains.
Computers are light years ahead of brains when it comes to rational processing, but are only gradually catching up in terms of pattern recognition. Thus they beat a grand master at chess a good while back, but at least until recently, they were only at good amateur level in the oriental game of ‘Go’, which is more based on pattern recognition.
My suggestion is that the spacetime web could examine the future development of a whole lot of patterns, and feed the results of this into the decision process. For instance, there may be a pattern in which I don’t lie on the sofa consuming chocolate blancmange and beer, but instead acquire a slim, muscular physique attractive to the opposite sex, but spacetime may also show me a pattern where despite such physique, I am rejected on other grounds. In that case, there may be a further pattern where I’ll stay on the sofa and suffer further physical deterioration. There’s a physical rule or law, as to how such patterns would develop, but not one with a hard and fast predictable outcomes. There may even be a random element. Where there is no clear cut advantage to any particular pattern, one might be selected randomly, rather like those board games in which there is both skill and throws of the dice.
Obviously, this sort of theory is not flavour of the moment in modern consciousness studies, but it does tick boxes in both neuroscience and physics. In neuroscience, it could explain why the brain runs overlapping reasoning and emotional/evaluation systems that have to be laboriously stitched together in the basal ganglia and other brain regions. In physics, it corresponds with the more refined version of the two-slit experiment, where the position of the individual particle is deemed random, but the arrival through the slits of single quanta spaced out over time still allows the formation of interference patterns. The overall existence of pattern would solve the mystery of how the individual particles ‘know’ where to go.
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