Musing on time and memory

Consider the bio-mechanical construct of memory, it is difficult to fathom.  False memories, forgotten ones, and even the ones we retain accurately we are unsure exactly how it’s done.  Now consider that accessing a memory is in every case a form of time travel, to one’s personal past, wouldn’t it make sense that it required time travel at its onset to set up the mechanism itself?

Picture an existence where all options exist simultaneously, with each decision ever made existing as one copy of the universe.  This existence would be a chaotic mess, especially as it would be unclear from moment to moment exactly where one had been, is, or will be going.  Now picture an entity that can navigate this mess from an outside perspective, one different from our own.  This entity could see all options, but coaxing us to see them in any meaningful way would require a kind of push start, akin to starting up a dead stick shift car.

Consider the movie The Notebook, but instead of a story about a man trying to jog his wife’s memory one last time, it is a story of jump starting the concept of memory altogether.  The entity enters the multiverse at a point at meets the male lead when he was young, at the point where he first meets the love of his life, knowing that she will develop Alzheimer’s, a disease presently meaningless (in fact, one could claim everyone has this disease at this juncture), but which the entity can identify from its own perspective, and will develop meaning to humans as memory develops.  The entity explains this to the young man, who now has a distinct purpose guiding his actions, to marry the love of his life, setting him on a narrower vector of paths.  The entity then gifts him with time travel, which he promptly uses to visit his own future, sharing the revelation with himself.  Normally this would be a catastrophic breach of time travel protocol, irrevocably changing the past, but consider that in this state, there is no discernible past/present/future to anyone but the entity, and now the young and old man.  All the young man is doing is setting a direction for time to flow in, and choosing a path, albeit a very unlikely one (although each path is equally unlikely from an outside vantage point), for events to unfold in.   He proceeds to provide his older self with the notebook, filled with each event he plans to accomplish, adjusting as necessary as events unfold from his perspective.  Then his older self reads the notebook to the woman, who becomes the conduit for memory to begin, along the path laid out.  As she hears the events, they become more familiar to her as her brain searches to find the patterns within her own brain, essentially tuning her to one version of reality.  The memories don’t exist in the present, but they don’t need to, as they are always a look back to the past along one timeline.  As the old man continues to read, the young man continues to act, until eventually there is enough momentum along the time vector to spark a reaction, causing her to remember, now an entirely new concept.  Because she can now remember, those around her can as well, having a fixed line in space to align with, as they recall caring for her, interacting with those caring for her etc.  In fact, it is not even critical that the man “remember” during this process, as both the young and old man need only to act in the moment, a process that can be continually influenced by the entity in the man’s short term memory throughout the process if necessary, an entirely different storage model (picture Memento here).  As long as the man remains driven to accomplish his goal at any particular short term juncture, either in past or future, the momentum would continue to build, until eventually the system is jump started, resulting in memory for everyone as time aligns much like a magnet does with metal.

What I like most about this theory is that it requires love to work, as another theory of mine is that love is the only force strong enough to be retained independently of memory, allowing one to primarily act on instinct.  Basically the man’s soulmate provides him with a clear goal, and the path begins to lay itself out around that goal.  Perhaps in this way the only push the system needs is for each of our souls to be split from the start, a concept I’ve long subscribed to.  This would provide a “direction” through the multiverse, even without time existing, and time would then become a function of this direction, as the search/pursuit/maintenance of this connections becomes (or begins as) an all encompassing goal.

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~ by songoflove on April 30, 2017.

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