It is well known that when a person goes to sleep, there are instances when we do not experience time which has phenomenological implications. There is a temporal discontinuity. It is also known that psychoactive substances often slow down time, making the passage of 5 minutes feel like 10 minutes. We also know that any interval can be segmented into infinitely many sub-intervals according to the various definitions of the real numbers.

Considering the above facts, what is the relevant philosophy about refuting the (physical) possibility that the last 10 nano-seconds of our life may be dilated to a potentially infinitely lengthy span of perceived time? In other words, are the arguments of Zeno of Elea and his paradoxes the best logical basis for argumentation about the intersection of experience and the division of time? Has such an argument already been made?

  • Why would one refute it ? Are there any reasons to believe that this is indeed happening in the first place ?
    – armand
    Nov 1 '20 at 1:44
  • Psychosomatic processes that are responsible for sensations of time dilation can only operate on a much longer scale than nanoseconds, neurons can not fire that fast. And an interval "can" be segmented into infinitely many sub-intervals only in the idealized sense of mathematical abstraction, not in any physical sense. So one shouldn't hold their breath for this "possibility" any more than for the "possibility" of meeting real life unicorns based on hallucinating them and having the ability to draw them on paper.
    – Conifold
    Nov 1 '20 at 3:18
  • Why would one take the idea seriously enough to want to refute it? Very little brain activity can take place in 10 ns, it would be an extremely dull eternity. Nov 1 '20 at 14:12

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