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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.

Banks were the first in processing payments. Their market capitalisation was once high but has been steadily declining ever since. Fintech delivered several newcomers, like Adyen. Its market cap of 42 billion euro is a multiple of various legacy banks. Recently, WireCard (another fintech) filed for bankruptcy as its accumulated profits never existed in its fraudulent bank account.

The above reminds me of a quote from the 2011 (must-see) film Margin Call (IMDb):

“There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat.” 

It seems (at least to me) that this quote has a universal truth. That is only possible if the quote deals with dimensions, like space (length x width x height) and time (a.k.a. spacetime). “Be first” already qualifies for space and time. “Be smarter” is, however, about consciousness. Cheating is a reciprocal of the former two. Could consciousness indeed be a dimension, like space and time?

John Smythies indeed agrees in a 2003 article in the Journal of Consciousness Studies:

“This paper describes a new theory of consciousness based on previous work by C.D. Broad, H.H. Price, Andrei Linde and others. This hypothesis states that the Universe consists of three fundamental entities — space-time, matter and consciousness, each with their own degrees of freedom.” Note: bold markings in quote by LO.

In a recent Scientific American article, Bernard Baars came to a similar conclusion: “Consciousness is a fundamental concept, like mass and energy, entropy and life.”

When consciousness is a dimension then the similarities (in focus and perspective) between our brains (micro) and the Universe (macro) make perfect sense. Moreover, our internet technology is a “copy” of the interconnectedness within that consciousness.

In case of dimensions, asking Why is no longer relevant as dimensions are like preconditions – similar to the outer bounds of a jigsaw puzzle. The existence of preconditions does suggest the existence of a building plan. A building plan suggests the existence of an architect.

“Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.” A quote by Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961), a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian-Irish physicist.

The Creator Has a Master Plan (1969) by Pharoah Sanders 

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Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.


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