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SensoramaA Phenomenalist Analysis of Spacetime and Its Contents$
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Michael Pelczar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732655.001.0001

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The stream of consciousness

The stream of consciousness

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(p.84) 5 The stream of consciousness
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Sensorama
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Michael Pelczar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732655.003.0005

Conscious experiences typically occur as parts of streams of consciousness. In Chapter 5, the chapter considers whether it is possible to reconcile this fact with an atemporal view of experiences. It compares temporal and atemporal accounts of the stream of consciousness, measuring different accounts by their ability to solve a central paradox connected with the stream of consciousness. The best temporal account takes streams of consciousness to be experiential processes unfolding in physical time. But it turns out that an atemporal account of the stream of consciousness, modeled on the best temporal account, also solves the central paradox. Indeed, an atemporal account has at least one advantage over temporal accounts, which is that it respects a certain widely-recognized symmetry of fundamental natural laws.

Keywords:   stream of consciousness, symmetry, laws of nature

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