The Unfathomable Depth of Our Phenomenal-state Space
I’m nearing the end of an epic nine month consumption of Thomas Metzinger’s ‘The Ego Tunnel’:
‘The mathematical theory of neural networks has revealed the enormous number of possible neuronal configurations in our brains and the vastness of different types of subjective experience. Most of us are completely unaware of the potential and depth of our experiential space. The amount of possible neurophenomenological configurations of an individual human brain, the variety of possible tunnels, is so large that you can explore only a tiny fraction of them in your lifetime. Nevertheless, your individuality, the uniqueness of your mental life, has much to do with which trajectory through phenomenal-state space you choose.
Nobody will ever live this conscious life again. Your ego tunnel is a unicum, one of a kind’