Timeconsciousness in Very Long Life
are designed so as to distinguish time and space. It gives time
attributes that cannot be represented by a simple imaginary
operator. Nor do neural pulse trains in our brain distinguish
between space and time. On the other hand, music provides a
prime laboratory to examine our relationship to time.
TIMECONSCIOUSNESS AND THE EXTEND LIFE
In considering greatly extended life we need to reflect on
the following (these points cover only a few aspects of concern
related to time; we shall here leave out social concerns):
Until timeconsciousness is understood sufficiently to enable
computers or robots to have it, and until they become con-
scious, extending life beyond the limits imposed on the
materials from which we are made today is not possible.
Replacing biologic materials, homeostasis, metabolism,
human reproduction and of course memory and thinking (as
we know it today, insofar as we know it at all) with more
stable non-biologic materials, nanotechnology, and biostruc-
tural design will suffice only once we know how consciousness
arises. I am convinced that consciousness is not a function of
complexity in itself, nor that a very high degree of complexity
is a prerequisite for consciousness. It is something else.
Once we will know how to create consciousness, we are in
a totally different world compared to which cloning will be
mere childs play. It may be only hundreds of years before that
happens. It could be thousands. No one really has a clue today.
To me a salient thing about consciousness is that the more one
removes its contents, the closer one gets to pure conscious-
ness i.e., contentless consciousness. Helen Keller was not less
conscious than most of us, but probably more so. Various
sensory inputs interfere relatively little with one another in
consciousness, we can hear, see, smell, touch simultaneously