Schrodinger, Erwin - Mind and Matter - Cause effect chains
Type of Spiritual Experience
The only real measure of time is the observation by more than one participant of a shared event. So, for example. We are walking the dog and it cocks its leg up against the oak tree. A shared observed event, which we record, the dog records and let us suppose the tree records. When we say 'go back in time' we can only use these shared events as the points of synchronicity. Thus any searches in perception cannot use our conventional method of measuring time – hours minutes days - because this form of measurement has no meaning in a log.
We have to use shared events as the mechanism of synchronicity
We can really only judge ‘time’ when there is a true causal relationship. Where two events happen independently of each other we cannot say that one happened before the other or after the other – not even if their effects eventually come together.
In Schrodinger’s example, it may appear , where the sound is heard later, that there is a delay. But in reality as the sound is travelling through the air multiple executions are taking place to carry the sound, there are trillions upon trillions of executions of the software for an air molecule to broadcast the sound.
So there are really millions of executions of software that we never see that in reality link up all these events and effects. It is just that the record of them is not in our log, so the effect appears disjointed.
Take the system as a whole and it is simply [!] a truly staggeringly large cause/effect record
A description of the experience
Erwin Schrodinger – Mind and Matter
The notion of before and after resides on the cause and effect relation. We know, or at least we have formed the idea, that one event A can cause, or at least modify, another event B, so that if A were not, then B were not … For instance, when a shell explodes, it kills a man who was sitting on it; moreover the explosion is heard at distant places. The killing may be simultaneous to the explosion, the hearing of the sound at a distant place will be later, but certainly none of the effects can be earlier. This is a basic notion, indeed it is the one by which also in everyday life the question is decided which of two events was later or at least not earlier. The distinction rests entirely on the idea that the effect cannot precede the cause. If we have reason to think that B has been caused by A, or at least shows vestiges of A, then B is deemed to be certainly not earlier than A