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  1. #1 Synchronized perception 
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    I find this very odd, and yet incredible. Fundamentally, our perception should differ due to the time which it takes for ourselves to percieve reality consciously. An example would be viewing an object; we wouldn't see the object until moments later, due to our brain processing recieved into into data, passing it through to other systems of the brain and then processing it into information, from where it then is sent to our awareness; it then becomes a part of us.

    However, for some things I have never seen before, and more recently, these "coincidences" seem to happen a little more than often to me, I tend to hear, feel, see, taste of smell something either moments of seconds before it happens - for some things I've never seen - whilst other things, are things I decided to check (e.g. a film, song or something of other form) something I have never seen for over 10 years. Essentially, I would see what would happen before it happens; by logic, I would assume this is my brain either referring to fragments of memory, or for something I've never seen, to process the information faster than usual (Or to take an alternative neural pathway through which the data becomes a part of me - or rather, I then percieve the data). As a result, I see glimpses of what I will see moments before I'm supposed to see it; this could be part of my mind sending me part of the data before another part sends me the information, or could be an expansion of awareness; my awareness may be expanded on another level and thus, I may be aware of some subjective activity. However, I mostly view the data transparently (Similar to how we view our imagination during our waking reality), and although it flashes in my minds eye for a moment (Less than a second), it feels as if it's being displayed for several seconds.

    Now, although I may see something before I'm supposed to see it, what I find odd, is how all our brains - and the brains of our predecessors - are consisted with perfectly synchronized perception. If we say touch someone, or an animal, they respond instananous to ourselves; the same occurs if they do it to ourselves. I would think that some would experience some form of delay - how can a delay in our perception not exist? I don't understand how we can communicate during the present perfectly, and not in the past. Technically, we should all be communicating throughout the past which is ultimately the present, during several distinct time scales (e.g. someone may touch you, the delay between neurons processing the input into perception would inevitably prevent you from feeling the touch on the exact moment it occurs; their delay however, may appear distinct).


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  3. #2 hmm 
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    I somehow doubt this is anywhere near the truth heres a quote i found (Nervous System. ThinQuest. January 1, 1995.):
    "For example if we touch something, impulses travel through the nerve network to the brain at a rate of 350 feet per second"
    So why dont i feel something before i see it? It probably is because visualizing things with our eyes goes at about the same rate. I really doubt there is even a big enough space of time between our eyes catching the light and our brain decoding the "data" for you to be able to see the difference. Its all imagination imo.


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    I have my own explanation, that is mostly philosphical, and is probably way off from the answer, but here goes.

    Let's consider that all life on Earth evolved from a single place, and that it all evolved at the same rate equally and had then spreaded, and thus creating the illusion to ourselves during the present that it was initiated upon several locations throughout the Earth.

    However, if it all started from distinct locations at distinct rates, then the rate of perception should differ, right? Unless perception had slowly synchronized as life met with other life and had eventually consolidated perception.

    Alternatively, let's consider that life began from one location on Earth and consider that, perception was one of the fundamental components for biological life, and thus, it was a priority for synchronizing it with other life that had spread throughout the world. As a result, all would consist of an equal rate of perception. However, if life did evolve from one location, we'd have similar things to Adam and Eve, which is completely implausible. Alternatively, we could have a meteorite from another planet (e.g. the planet that is now the asteroid field) that had once consisted of life, and thus, the life on that meteorite had placed life on Earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tizzak
    I somehow doubt this is anywhere near the truth heres a quote i found (Nervous System. ThinQuest. January 1, 1995.):
    "For example if we touch something, impulses travel through the nerve network to the brain at a rate of 350 feet per second"
    So why dont i feel something before i see it? It probably is because visualizing things with our eyes goes at about the same rate. I really doubt there is even a big enough space of time between our eyes catching the light and our brain decoding the "data" for you to be able to see the difference. Its all imagination imo.
    Interesting! However, perhaps our brains had evolved into decoding the data at super high speeds. However, if this is true, then this doesn't explain how insects respond instantly to ourselves and ourselves responding instantanously to them; perception could have been the most fundamental component of biological life if all life responds instantly to ourselves and ourselves responding instantly to it.
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