A Matter of Perception

If I believe it exists, it must be real somewhere.

Using the primary senses to become aware

Perception can be split into two processes,

(1) processing the sensory input, which transforms these low-level information to higher-level information (e.g., extracts shapes for object recognition);
(2) processing which is connected with a person’s concepts and expectations (or knowledge), restorative and selective mechanisms (such as attention) that influence perception.

For instance, vision includes light striking the retina of the eye, smell is interceded by scent atoms, and hearing includes pressure waves.

(A.I.) Intelligence vs (A.C.) consciousness the ability to adapt to changing circumstances vs being aware or becoming aware.

Consciousness is all just a matter of perception. Using one’s senses to be aware of oneself and one’s environment. What is consciousness to one preserver may not be to another.

All hierarchy of gods throughout remembered human history plateau at the level of Demiurge. Those who can create something out of something else but those who can create something out of nothing are something else entirely. The rest merely keepers or reshapers predominating over sections great or small relative to their stature or nature of their individual purpose.

Time is a construct with which humans have struggled throughout history. Although physics after Einstein’s relativity theory has somewhat taken over conceptualizing time, and generally holds that there is no such thing as that “passage” of time, and that all events are equally real, humans have traditionally seen time as consisting of past, present, and future. A river, therefore, is a metaphorical depiction of the passage of time, since the same water flows from the origin of the river, throughout its course, to the river’s mouth (ending).

According to Plato’s Cratylus, Heraclitis of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher (c. 500 BC) said: “You can never step twice in the same river.” The saying has been interpreted to mean that both the river and the person stepping into it change over time, and are never the same as they were.

“Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Of course collective thinking is short lived. We are stupid and fickle beings with poor memory’s and a great gift for self destruction.”

-a letter from Plutarch to Katness after a great war.

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