~ Open Source Mysticism
A Fully Inclusive Consciousness Model 
Science and the TA

A major role of science is characterizing activity and objects and then modeling these over time. Planetary motion is an early example.  Objects in the night sky have been studied and defined over the millennia.  A major branch of mathematics - calculus - was devised to aid in the precise descriptions and definitions, particularly as regards change and movement over time.  Any professional astronomer or astrophysicist is a skilled mathematician.  They define objects and then project how these move or change over time. 

Coming back to Earth, let's work our way up through temporal aperture extent models and propose that these are an ideal way to define and project the phenomenon of consciousness.  Significantly, these models are scalable on a continuum, which implies a natural inclusivity -  they are a unifying model of consciousness. 

Let's start simply with the eye's sensation of light.  If a researcher were to tap the nervous system and translate the eye's red-green-blue cone sensor output to a compatible format as a series of color bars were viewed, it might be represented as in this image of an ordinary TV camera vectorscope.  If a second vectorscope could simultaneously register the perception of color, there almost always would be a discrepancy between the eye's output and the brain's perception since much background interpretation and integration will have occurred in the brain's vision processor. For example, the eye may see both red and blue simultaneously, but the brain may integrate these two colors to "show" purple.

Were we to add a z-axis to our latter vectorscope and model it over time - thus collecting all color perceptions taking place in some period of time - then what started as a flat graph would become a cylindrical volume.  That volume would eventually map every single possible color that the subject's eye can register.  That map is this eye's, hence this person's, visual temporal aperture. - its total potential opening to light over time.  The mapping would denote all the colors that can be cognized by this person over a period of time. 

If we continue this operation over every possible sense and perception in the body, then we will create a large group of volumes defining all possible senses and perceptions over a period of time. 

For compound phenomena such as conceptualization, the measurement and definitions become far more convoluted and complex.  Perceptions are an integration of sensations over time (to borrow from calculus), and concepts are an integration of sensations and perceptions over time.  Our graphed "conceptualization" volume as an extension of the earlier mappings would contain traces of every thought of food, sex, a closed business deal, a new car, lines of poetry, etc., etc. through the whole range of that person's experience over some period of time.  And so we have created a very complex volume of chartings over time to define a person's entire temporal aperture.  This is the working functional every day temporal aperture. It is the collection and mapping of all sensations, perceptions, and conceptualization by that person over a period of time.  It will alter and become more extensive as the person acquires new knowledge, interests, and skills. The psychological term "actualization" would imply growth of the temporal aperture extent - a creation of a new experiential opening over time.  The temporal aperture may likewise become less extensive as the person ages beyond a certain point.  

Our image showing the visual overlay of an ordinary antenna's complex aperture on top of its physical structure is instructive.  That blue aperture graph denotes the antenna's surround as relates to its design function.  It is proposed that a similar - but far more complex volume - could surround human beings as a three dimensional description of every single function - seeing, hearing, perceiving, conceptualizing, etc..  Each person would have a more or less extensive temporal aperture depending on their sum total of awareness and action potentials. 

But there's more to the story.  On page two we noted that our hypothetical amoeba's temporal aperture would be relatively small and simple, containing but a few automatic responses to microscopic stimuli.  The amoeba's temporal aperture doesn't contain the possibility that the creature is being viewed by a larger, more complex creature through a microscope.   

Similarly, in a Universe hypothesized to be infinite, there would be an infinite range of dimensions beyond our nominal three.  Many scientists have proposed this, such as in the String Theory.  If there were entities - and it's likely the case if we claim the Universe is infinite - that function in more than 3 dimensions, then human beings would be a subject in their temporal aperture the same way that an amoeba is a subject in ours.  

The temporal aperture notion continuously scales from amoebas to humans but only may stop there for anthropocentric thinkers - where humans are thought to be the highest form of life.  If we allow the notion of entities with temporal apertures beyond three dimensions -a likely case - then fascinating new doors open.  If everyone's temporal aperture is potentially scalable beyond a humdrum three dimensional existence,  then how would one become aware of it?

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