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  1. Kevin Connolly, Craig French, David M. Gray & Adrienne Prettyman, Space, Time, and Sensory Integration (Network for Sensory Research/Brown University Workshop on Unity of Consciousness, Question 4).
    This is an excerpt of a report that highlights and explores five questions which arose from The Unity of Consciousness and Sensory Integration conference at Brown University in November of 2011. This portion of the report explores the question: Is the mechanism of sensory integration spatio-temporal?
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2012-03-12
Space and Time in Different Senses
Another point that I brought up and then discussed later with Mohan had to do with the multiple senses of space and time that might be relevant to the discussion. It is normally thought that space and time serve as a sort of matrix for experience, but it would not be true to say that this matrix serves as the glue to all experience since we sometimes have experiences outside of a space-time matrix. That is, experiences may be "here" and "now" without being experienced as at a particular time or at a particular spatial location. They have extension in space and time but not location. If we are talking about this second sense of space and time then I might agree that experience is held together by such extension. However, I did not get the sense that this difference was appreciated by the discussants. I suspect that the "here-ness" and "now-ness" of experience will be best defined with respect to the experiencer, or subject of experience, rather than to space and time as we normally understand it. In that case, the unity of experience would be provided by the subject of experience and not the matrix that enables the subject to organize his or her experiences (this view of unity is what I argue for in my dissertation work). 

2012-03-14
Space and Time in Different Senses
In the retinoid model of consciousness, phenomenal space-time (1pp) is not the same as physical space-time (3pp). This is explicitly explained in the forthcoming JCS article "Where Am I? Redux", here:
http://theassc.org/documents/where_am_i_redux



 


2012-05-14
Space and Time in Different Senses
I'll recommend two good discussions by Paul Davies, "The Mysterious Flow of Time" and "The Arrow of Time"; but, perhaps you have already read them. Do you refer to Kant's theory when you talk of space and time "as a sort of matrix for experience"?