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This chapter defines now by its qualitative difference from then, which comes in two flavors, past and future. The author makes a case for the now as more than the point of access to the world of experience, but as instead linked to the point of origin of everything we can know. If the differentiation of the now that occurs along with the differentiation of the past and future emerged, as Fraser suggests, along with the appearance of life on earth, then the emergence of the now is tied to the inception of what might be called biospatiality. Dynamical systems are coherent localized processes constituted of the interaction of two or more components. The author's suggestion is that the proto-present is the representation in consciousness of a source from which all the world's flowing architecture - all of its counterpoint of systems-is the ongoing multiplex configuration.

Keywords: biospatiality; dynamical system; future; now; past; proto-present



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