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Cecilia is the force behind all change in Die Coast Bye Cecilia. Her most stubborn subject is her brother, Alex (Coast). In as much as Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises is about a train-trip to see bullfights in Spain, Die Coast Bye Cecilia is about a canoe-trip to see dragonboat races in Toronto. The novel was developed entirely through the act of free-writing in notebooks, and evolving stories from what quality passages emerged over ten years and thousands of pages. While the characters and their stories are fictional, the scenes and details are pulled from the life of the author, who has worked and lived many lives between Southern Ontario and Vancouver Island. Thinking, Remembering Thinking, Thinking about a Memory of Thinking, and how that Messes with Time is also featured in this book. This essay present's the author's epistemological ideas about the nature of thought and time. Andrew Malcolm is a creative-writer and epistemological thinker who lives in Southern Ontario.

As I Walk the Straight and Measurable Arrow-of-Time

The Pressure of Light argues that knowledge accumulates in the human mind sometimes on the straight and measurable arrow-of-time, and sometimes in a time-state distorted by uncertainty and projection. In the case of both remembered-thinking-events and remembered-external-events, the mind carves out a segment of time from what it understands is a much larger time-line of events, so that we end up with memories that have a beginning and an end. On the real arrow-of-time, segmentation is a clumsy measuring tool that is understood to have blurring at the boundaries. The mind could presume an event observed in the universe outside the self stands alone on the arrow-of-time, complete just as it's seen, but in life on the arrow-of-time the mind quickly learns to presume instead that any event is connected, either causally or contextually, to a whole cluster of unseen events on either side of those memory-carved boundaries.

Thinking, Remembering Thinking, Thinking about a Memory of Thinking, and how that Messes with Time

Compared to events in the universe that are agreed upon to exist by multiple thinkers, remembered-thinking-events exist far outside the boundaries of agreed-upon-reality. Unless neurologists learn how to observe and decipher the brain processing information, to observe the brain creating a memory of that same information-processing in-action and to decipher the content contained in that memory, and to observe and decipher the crystallization of memories-of-analysis-of-memories-of-thinking-remembered, conscious minds will never ever be able to confirm that a remembered-thinking-event actually happened the way it's reported. The Pressure of Light asserts that this is impossible, regardless of how far neurology or any other science evolves, and therefore that the uncertainty of remembered-thinking is representative of its fundamental structure in this universe.

Archetypes of Inertia

You will behave, decide, and perform in bizarre ways based on an eclectic accumulation. The Pressure of Light investigates the possibility that two types of time are responsible for that accumulation. In mirror-time you are inundated with your drive to establish purpose, cause, context or intention behind the existence of a thought. You are an artist. Or you are inundated with a drive to establish rules every time such and such thought happens, to establish prescription. You are a technologist. In normal-time the self has no interest in perceiving any event as just another example of this or that, instead the self walks the path of time with nothing but curiosity for what lies ahead. In normal-time, you are a philosopher-scientist, meaning above all you develop knowledge that is intrinsically good and useful in real-events, regardless of whether it illuminates connections or has practical applications. In the form of philosopher-scientist, you are concerned most with knowledge that is developed from observations of events that were at first unexplainable, knowledge which is most useful in navigating events that are unpredictable, and knowledge that survives above all by continually proving it's value through unexpected challenges faced along the dependably heterogeneous path of normal-time.