The Horse: How will we get to the farthest stars?
The lion: We are already there!
The concept 'presence' is generalized so that 'spatio-temporal presence' is but one of them, or even not the fundamental presence. You can be spatially present but 'spiritually' absent, or vice-versa, or so goes the poetry. But I am not into poetry here. I am into some literal science, not worthless metaphors.
Omnipresence as a feature of awareness is not too hard to grasp. If you close one eye, you see an object. If you open it and close the other, you still see the same object. It appears in the same awareness even if they fall into different regions of the brain. The awareness is omnipresent throughout the brain! But it is so as long as the brain is interconnected to itself. So interconnectedness obviates the need to travel. Nobody thinks that he needs to move to his own visual cortex in order to feel that he is present there. But what if we had the brain as big as the universe itself? Then we would feel as though we are everywhere in the universe all at once!
I define 'presence at A' this way: 'If you are able to instantly influence, or be influenced by everything happening at A, then you are fully present at A'. The usual 'presence' you know of is called 'spatio-temporal presence'. Spatio-temporal presence then is not an end on itself. Rather, it is a means of achieving something. You want to see a giraffe, to talk to someone, to be talked to by someone, to kick a ball, to push a table etc. So you spatially avail yourself there. Communication with a region is the main purpose of traveling to that region. So 'spatio-temporal presence' is just one of the ways of achieving that 'perfect' communication, but it is not the only way! Then 'spatio-temporal omnipresence' is the one that is problematic. But the one that I am calling it 'telepathic omnipresence' is non spatio-temporal.
When you dream, the whatever appears in your visual cortex is taken as though to appear 'out there' like the usual objects. Likewise there are signals in the brain that are taken to mean 'movement of your legs, arms etc'. The dream can appear to be very real, though. So all it takes to create what looks like a total reality is just the information like that which normaly come to the awareness from that 'outside'. So telepathy+dream=reality!. Imagine if someone is in Cairo, say in a stadium. Then you somehow dream being that person. The dream is so strange that you dream everything the person experience! When he sees a goal, you dream of a goal, and it appears exactly as it would, if you were actually there! So your dream and that person's experience is perfectly synchronised. You dream everything he experiences. The question now is: is there any difference between having such a dream and being actually in Cairo? No! There is no difference! But this can happen if there is a way in which your brains are such interconnected as to be perfectly synchronized.
But what I am calling 'telepathic omnipresence' does not need a person at the other terminal to transduce the information. As long as some instantaneous interconnectedness is there, the brain can alwsys collect the information and use it to constract a reality as it were a dream. Next blog, I will talk of quantum entanglement and decoherence to explain the physics at work.