Single Idea 3479

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / b. Essence of consciousness]

Full Idea

Although we experience objects both spatially and temporally, our consciousness itself is not experienced as spatial, though it is experienced as temporally extended.

Gist of Idea

The mind experiences space, but it is not experienced as spatial


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch. 6)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.127

A Reaction

This observation was made by Descartes. This seems to require that I experience objects spatially, AND experience my consciousness. Do I experience the time passing, as well as the river moving? Einstein says if it is in time, it must be in space.