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The element of time in the emergence of mental phenomena

Erich Harth
Syracuse University

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We attempt to match physical and mental states in the brain, in order to establish causal relations between the two. Such efforts are frustrated by our inability to assign quantitative descriptions to such states. A further inrtrinsic difficulty arises from the fact that the time coordinate in both physical and mental events exhibits a fundamental indeterminacy that has to do with the self-reflexive character of both processes. I suggest that this fuzziness of time is an essential feature in the emergence of higher order subjective phenomena.

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