Time and consciousness: You can’t get from neurophysiology to conscious experience

Peter West, a friend of ISCAST, has written a two-part reflection on time and consciousness in which he rehearses “the hopefully uncontroversial position” that no explanatory pathway is possible from neurophysiology to experience – from object to subject. He then speculates that our perception of the “present moment” – our location and direction in time – is mysterious even at the neurophysiological level, and involves a modest transcendence of temporality. Peter is a retired programmer who has recently returned to Catholicism. The two articles can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2).