First two warm ups to get you in the mood
(also from the book)
Warm up: we can't see in three dimensions
We know there are three dimensions, but we see in two dimensions. We *experience* the third with our other senses.
Warm up: we don't look at people - we absorb their light
Eyes are windows. We use phrases like "he looked at her", but really we should be saying, he pointed his two bottomless light holes at her and absorbed her aura.
1. Time doesn't exist.
Time is a helpful way to organize cause and effect, but without 'events' time would not exist on its own.
2. Lots of things don't "exist"
Ex: Evolution doesn't exist but it is still real. You can't point at any step and say 'evolution!' Same with colors & consciousness. They're not point-at-able.
3. You technically don't exist
Sorry :( There is no piece of you that you can point at and say 'that is me!' You're a bunch of cells working in harmony. It's the way those cells work together that puts the 'I' in you.
4. Processes aren't victim to the same end as matter
"Change is the only constant." If it never existed in the first place, it can't cease to be. Evolution never stops. It can't "break" or "wear out".
5. The "process" of you could be immortal
If we figured out the steps in our process, we could replace worn out parts, or even switch mediums entirely, and forever retain our 'I'.
it's a great book. thanks Schrodinger