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II. From now to time

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In this chapter time is regarded as an essential component in the program of any organism, such as a mouse or a poet, to keep going. Time, by contrast, is a mechanism evolved by complex biological systems for achieving a measure of control over flux. The stabilization enacted by the now is described as expanding out from the now in three time schemes, whose spatial analogues are lines and segments, spreads, and spirals. In brief, the author's proposal for the way time works is that attention spirals from now to past to future, that the spiraling yields a line which unfolds in segments, and that the line undergoes a transformation into a spread, the landscape. The mindscape is an interindividually collaborative way out of the here and now, a way to avoid being stuck in what the senses say there is.

Keywords: mindscape; now; spatial analogues; spreads; time schemes

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