Minds and Times

Unlike material objects, minds can be in two places at once:

I can be in the University library, but also imagine myself in Timbuktoo.

So too, I can project myself into your shoes, and see things from your point of view.


I can project myself into Wellington's mind, and think how to counter Napoleon's manoeuvres in June 1815.


So too again, I can project myself into other times, and think of things from a different temporal standpoint from the one I now occupy.

I can project myself back to June 1815, and think, without benefit of hindsight, of the situation in Brussels then. Or I think myself forward to 2035, and think of the recriminations that will be made then on account of our failure now to prevent global warming.


Unlike material objects, minds can choose to adopt a different temporal standpoint from the one they currently occupy.
Philosophers are natural ``ego-theists''. Each thinks of himself as God [Very Dangerous in political philosophy] and readily take it upon himself to be a spectator of all time