Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Time And Consciousness
The Time Machine by HG Wells;
the Time Patrol series by Poul Anderson;
The Corridors Of Time by Poul Anderson;
October The First Is Too Late by Fred Hoyle;
The Quincunx Of Time by James Blish.
However, Wells contradicts this premise when his Time Machine is said not to extend but to move and even to accelerate along Time.
Wells and Blish refer to immaterial consciousnesses moving along Time whereas Hoyle compares each three dimensional state of the universe to a numbered pigeon hole containing written information about what is in pigeon holes with lower numbers and then postulates consciousness successively illuminating the contents of the pigeon holes. Surely it is sufficient to say that there is consciousness in some moments though not in others? Thus, some pigeon holes are lit by a small internal candle or bulb whereas others are not? No sequence of lightings of pigeon holes is necessary and indeed such a sequence would introduce a second temporal dimension although Hoyle denies this.
Of these four authors, Anderson alone avoids this particular set of conceptual difficulties.
Addendum: I could also have listed -
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut;
Jerusalem by Alan Moore.
Neither would have directly affected the point at issue but what names to conjure with!