Time – Blind John (Part Five)

Alan **picks up battered mic, nods an apology to the sound technician** Philosophy is a funny thing, is it not? I haven’t dedicated any real thought to this discussion in a while, and yet, it has never been far from my thinking. It has danced across my mind several times as I’ve had discussions with […]

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Time-Blind John (Part Four)

Johnny “Your student raises an excellent and important point. We have indeed missed it. Maybe we should give him or her the brown tie.” To defer to Kant, experiences are manifolds, and many things “hold” the many facets together to form an experience. Indeed, Kant himself thought that time, along with some other things, holds […]

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Time-Blind John (Part Three)

Alan  “Dude, you make some excellent points – so good that I’m thinking that the student has now officially surpassed the teacher. But before I hand over my brown tie…” The ‘access to rational faculties’ argument is impressive, I hadn’t thought of that. I mean with hindsight, of course if John can learn and rationalize, […]

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Time-Blind John (Part Two)

Johnny’s Rebuttal “John’s world can be extremely difficult, but it can be managed.” Alan, you make the mistake of being too optimistic about John’s loss of his perception of time. The most sensible characterization of John’s condition is a disability, and it can be managed. First of all, let’s be clear, John retains a lot […]

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Time-Blind John (Part One)

Alan’s Contention “John’s world would be pretty amazing.” Without a concept of time, John’s memories would have no order. No logical sequence. Think about it, he wouldn’t even be able to logically establish that if he was a baby in this memory, it must have happened before that memory of him as an adult. The […]

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