Panpsychic Philosophy

APPENDIX V: THOUGHTS ON PRECOGNITION DETERMINISM

          I propose that  if our aetheric entity occupies the 5th dimension (what I'm calling the time-5 dimension), then it will have a Now which travels along it and has a certain duration in it. This time-5 Now will overlap our ordinary Now, the time-4 Now, so that events which are still future events to an Observer-4 can be perceived by an Observe-5 as present or past events.  But this, as we saw with the Ann Boleyn example, would not in any way inhibit the ability of an Observer-4 to exercise free-will.

           Now apply this analogy to an observer in Dunne's Second Time (i.e. an Observer-5). He can observe a chunk of the past and of the future in Time-4.

           Suppose he's sitting on a hill in the 5th dimension, observing a 3-d railway track and waiting for a train travelling in our ordinary time (i.e in the fourth dimension). Just before the train rounds the bend, he can see the track clearly, but it starts to carry the dim outline of a train, which gradually gets clearer until, at the moment when it rounds the bend, it has become wholly distinct. However, the track in front of it has the blurred image of the train, which gets dimmer and dimmer the further he looks ahead of it. This is firstly because of the simple fact of distance, in this case along Time (i.e Time-4), and secondly because he is looking at the train's future state, which contains all the possibilities that it might never reach the track ahead (for example the driver might apply its brakes, or it might run out of steam or be derailed).

          This, I suggest, is why dreams are so blurred and jumbled. The dreamer, who when awake is a 4-d Observer-4, has slipped into the 5th dimension and become an Observer-5. From this vantage point he can observe a range of events in Time-4, a jumble of determined events from his immediate past and of undetermined possible events from his immediate future.

Prediction

          But to say that the Future, because it is not yet existent, is wholly unknown and undetermined, is not to say that it cannot be predicted with some degree of accuracy.

          The Quantum Theory asserts that although the present behaviour of an individual can be predicted with varying degrees of confidence, it can never be predicted with complete certainty.  Clearly then, the further the prediction of a particular individual's behaviour is projected into the future, the more choices it will have and the more undetermined (and the less predictable) its behaviour will be.  Put another way, the further we predict into the future, the less accurate, or the less probable, will our predictions become. (This 'law of diminishing predictablity' lies at the heart of Chaos Theory).

          However, when we are considering mass behaviour, where the number of individuals is enormous, we can multiply the individual probabilities together and thus achieve a very high degree of accuracy in our prediction of their collective behaviour.  We can cheerfully assert, for example, that the sun will rise and set to-morrow and that it will be doing the same thing thousands, millions or even billions of years hence.  Why?  Because we are predicting the mass collective behaviour of trillions of trillions of individual atoms.

          Moreover, I believe that tiny particles like atoms have an Aether which is very primitive and a free-will which is correspondingly miniscule, so that there is a very high probability that each atom will behave predictably according to knowable laws of nature.

          My hypothesis demands that the higher the order of Aether of the individual whose behaviour is being predicted, the greater the degree of free-will it must possess and the greater therefore the indeterminacy of its future behaviour, so that the less accurate or probable will be any prediction about it.

           We have now identified three factors affecting the probability of accurate prediction: first the length of time into the future, second the number of individuals collectively involved and third, the level of their Aether.

Present Time

         'The moving finger writes and having writ

           Moves on. Nor all thy piety nor wit

            Shall lure it back to cancel half a line;

           Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it'

                                                       The Rubayat

          Let us now take a closer look at that third state of Time, what we call the Present or 'the Now': that moving slice of Time between the Future and the Past, that instant when and only when there is true apparent existence: for it is only in the Present that signals can be despatched and received; it is only in the Present that choice can be exercised; it is only in the Present that probabilities arise and that the Uncertainty Principle has meaning.

          Which brings us back to an important question which I discussed when I introduced the idea of 'Time Displacement'.  The question was this: 'How long is the Present?  How long is the Now?'  What is its duration?  How thick is this slice of Time?

          The Present has to have some duration. If it were infinitely short, if it represented an instantaneous conversion of a world non-existent because in the Future into a world non-existent because in the Past, then existence would be impossible, a meaningless abstraction.  Moreover, just as the Quantum Theory arrived at the indeterminacy of particle behaviour, so also as a necessary corollary it prescribed the indeterminacy of its occurrence in time.  The Theory of Relativity also, by showing that the Now was not absolute but relative to an observer, prescribed a similar indeterminacy.  And what does such an indeterminacy mean if not a spreading of the Now and a duration of the Present?

          Aether only has existence in the moving slice of Present Time.  This slice must have adequate duration for it to exercise choice of behaviour, a choice strongly influenced by its experience of the Past, imperfectly stored as memory, and by its anticipation of the Future, imperfectly stored as prediction.

          For there is a further aspect to the word 'probability': it has no meaning except to an Aether, except to an observer, except to a 'knower'.  Similarly, when we define the Past as 'The Known' and the Future as 'The Unknown', we are asserting the existence of a 'Knower'.

          So here is a fourth factor: probability of prediction implies and relates to an Aether which is making the prediction.  And clearly, the accuracy of the prediction will depend critically upon the knowledge of the predicter.  And since knowledge is generally a function of Aether, it follows that the probability of accurate prediction will increase with the level of Aether of the predicter.

          If prophecy consists of tapping in to the knowledge of Alpha-Holon, the predicter in the case of Precognition would be Alpha-Holon Himself.

          A further consequence arises from the truism that the further one looks into the future, the greater become the number of possibilities that may arise.  Each opportunity to exercise choice gives rise to further such opportunities. Possibilities, so to speak, breed possibilities.  In addition, each possible event which may arise from the exercise of choice will require a discrete interval of time for it to take place and to breed further opportunities for choice.  The longer the period, therefore, the greater the number of choices that will arise in it.  And choices, of course, affect the future events which result from them.

          To illustrate what I am driving at, let me take as an example two individuals of different levels of Aether: the mature higher-order Mr Uppercrust and the primitive lower-order Mr Lowercrust.  We will imagine that each faces a choice between two possibilities every 10 seconds.  Thus:-

Suppose that Mr Lowercrust can only exercise choice at 'Now', the present moment.  If, say, he chooses alternative B, then not only does A cease to be an alternative, but so do all the alternatives which would have stemmed from A in the future.  Next let us suppose that the 'Now' of Mr Uppercrust lasts for 10 seconds, so that he has the choice not only of A or B, but of their resulting alternatives C, D, E and F.

          In other words, the longer the Now, the greater the possibility of exercising choice and free-will - and, of course, its converse must be true: the greater an individual's ability to exercise choice and free-will, the longer must be its Now.  Thus, the higher the order of Aether, the greater its measure of free-will, and the longer its Now must extend into the future.  And the extreme case of this is if the higher order Aether actually occupies a higher dimension.  It was from this deduction (see Appendix II) that I arrived firstly at an explanation of the particle/wave duality of the photon, and secondly at the existence of the phenomenon I called "Time-displacement" to explain the lack of interaction between an aetheric body and its material environment.

          In that discussion I suggested that a higher order Aether, with a longer Now, is unable to observe the exact moment when a lower order Aether passes from its own future into its own past. I proposed that this blurred period within the longer Now is the reason for the dual appearance of probable wave and certain particle. It is the reason why the part of the shorter Now's future which lies within the longer Now is a period of yet to be actualised probabilities.

          Logically, the same argument applies to any higher order Aether than our own. It will have a longer Now than our human Now and so will overlap our immediate Past and Future.

          Let's call one such higher being "St Mary". We will suppose that she occupies the same number of dimensions as us, but that her Now will be longer than our human Now.  She will not normally observe any human being directly (any more than we can observe molecules without our molecular observing instruments, our eyes). To observe one of us humans, St Mary would have to be able to compress the duration of her Now down to the human Now duration.  For the same reason, any human being wishing to observe or communicate with St Mary, would have to expand the duration of his Now to a superhuman, saintly dimension.  Successful prayer to higher beings, then, might be a skill not casually achieved.

In the diagram, St Mary's Now extends from instant A to instant D. The human Now extends from instant B to instant C.  If St Mary could focus on the interval A B, she would see the human being in sharp relief, his behaviour known and definite.  Focussing on the interval C D, she would see a dim blurred outline of a human being, for this is the period into which the human being is moving and is an amalgam of all the possible states he may become.  If she could focus on the intermediate period BC, St Mary would see a less blurred but still fuzzy outline of a human being, representing his diminishing range of possible states.

          It seems very probable that there are still higher Beings than St Mary: Beings which operate in still higher dimensions, culminating in Alpha-Holon, operating in 'Time-Alpha', the highest dimension of all. The question then would be how such higher dimension Beings could be aware of us. For if we, who operate in Time-4, need 3-d observing instruments to inform ourselves about material objects which operate in Time-3, then a Higher Being would need a 4-d observing instrument to be aware of us. But the only 4-d observers we know of are the plants and animals of this planet. It seems a reasonable guess, then, that the observing instruments of Higher Beings are none other than thoughts, the emanations of time-4 Aethers. Since these are only emitted at our time-4 'now', then just as we can only react with 3-d material objects at their Time-3 'now', so also could higher beings only react with us at our time-4 'now'.  And by the same reasoning, it is only in our time-4 present that Alpha-Holon can communicate. We and all other sentient individuals which operate in time-4 are therefore the eyes and ears of Alpha-Holon and the necessary instruments through which He can operate. He can remember all that is past from the communicated thoughts of all that has been. He can exist in our Future, but He cannot observe it because we, His instruments have not yet arrived there. He can change our future, but only by commanding us in our Present Time.

          Thus even for Alpha-Holon, His Present in Time-Alpha, which includes our Time-4 Future, is a period of probabilities, not of certainties.  He does not know what you or I will do, for example, but only what we shall most probably do.  And the reason why He does not know what we shall do is because we are part of Him and He cannot snuff out our little divine spark of choice any more than He could extinguish the flame of His own free-will.

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