7. Anatomy of the Intersection
We have an anatomical and conceptualized set of neurons that may loosely be referred to as mirror neurons that allow us to relate what we see in others and experience what we see in others in ourselves. Interestingly, there are many systems within existence where temporal information can be fully described in time independent states (or alternatively named elements in a set) that are independent of time, yet fully represent the universe they describe. Functions along with these time independent states allow translation of the time independent description into a time-dependent description and back and forth, each completely and equivalently describing the system. An unanswerable question, that is still worthwhile to ask is: within the set of consciousness C, is the time dependent temporal series of F’s, E’s, in all the IC’s, simply increasing copies of each other, reassembled in evolving ways through time? When viewed across all time, can this system (the universe) equivalently be described as states that encompass all of time? These states partly made up of all the Fs, Es, and ICs as subsets of C? The reason for the question, even if unanswerable, is important in that it gives a new appreciation for what may be meant by the phrase we use: “a shared experience”. The domain of C can be made of the rudimentary elements of all the F’s and E’s within HC and we are functions that map these elements, that are within the larger set of C, to time dependent IC’s that share in the larger C. Our subjective consciousness may in actuality be a biological “function” that can be described as our temporal IC’s and simply accesses (or participates, or gives a time dependent manifestation of) our individual subjective reality within C. We may actually share in the universal C; partly insulated or isolated from C by the limits of our neurobiological functions. Our neurobiological functions may be the “us”, our subjective being, the part of us that is conscious; in other words each of our individual IC’s. A shared experience may truly be a sharing of consciousness to the degree that our thoughts, emotions, ideas and experiences overlap with each other. We may be more “one in being” with each other that we originally thought.