How and why the brain evolves time.Behav Brain Res. 2020 Jan 13; 377:112071.BB
The present work evaluates the proposition that the dimension of time is iatrogenically created. That is, time is a property that necessarily emerges alongside the genesis of living systems. Humans, as the most complex known expression of such living creatures, exhibit the most intricate and sophisticated incarnation of this fabricated temporality. Evidence is considered to support this contention; most pointedly, the problem concerning the vacuity of a temporal foundation in the brain. I argue that one can 'force' processes, that are intrinsic to brain operations, to demonstrate such a temporal base; and even necessarily confirm this synchrony. However, this insistence is a categorical error. It conflates processes in time, with time itself. I also consider the observation of the psychophysical exponent at unity represents one that indicates support for the proposition I advance. I anticipate that the fundamental proposition of temporal iatrogenesis, that founds the present work, will be rejected 'out-of-hand.' Such vehement visceral rejections, alongside an even instinctive revulsion to the fracture of the idea known as the 'phenomenological constraint,' can also be taken as one essential form of validation for this observed delusion of time.