Travelling back in time with the mind. The past. Death. The beach…

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In one important way, we are capable of traveling back in time. Through memory, we can return to childhood, go back to the moment we first fell in love or recall our first professional triumph.

Vivid memories that call to mind an experience in deep sensory detail can seem to transport us back to another time and place. When we recall the particular bit of information we’re looking for, we also recall many other surrounding details — how we felt, what we were wearing, what came before and afterwards.

New research from neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University sheds light on how the brain performs this remarkable function. According to the researchers, if a person studies a list of items, and then searches their memory to try to report back those items in order, they’ll often report a cluster of things that happened right around the moment of remembering that item, suggesting that their brain has mentally travelled back to that moment. (1)

What is in the past has not passed.

What is in the past is still there.

You can go back there any time.

Because there is no time.

We say this is a trick of the memories. But how can memories be stored we know not. (2, 3) We say this is a trick of the brain, but what does exist without a brain to perceive it? Can time exist without is thinking about it? And if we think about the past, doesn’t that mean that the past still exists somewhere somehow? Does it matter where? Does it matter how?

At the end, we feel the answer. But we dare not accept it. It is far more convenient to believe that everything passes. It is far too convenient to believe in death. Close your eyes and see. Yourself at the beach. Playing. Young. Smiling. As you will always be…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. Spiros has a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Advanced Materials' Technology, an MBA in Decisions' Science, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in PCB industry and is still learning. He also worked as a technical advisor and a researcher in the Advanced Materials sector for many years in the past. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs ever that is perfect for educational purposes. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. Since our thought is dictated by our assumptions, the only way to free it and know cosmos as it is, is to think irrationally and destroy everything we have built. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans. We should stop thinking in order to think. Credo quia absurdum!

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