Why time seems to go by more quickly as we get older Causal decomposition in the mutual causation system This is an interesting idea about how we perceive the passage of time in a logarithmic fashion, due to the fact our brain treats the passage of time as increasing the sheer amount of data we perceive. A two year old lives more in the present moment, because a year is literally half their life and they cannot contextualize such a long period of time. Assuming time is the ultimate unfathomable mystery, then this is the kind of observations I would expect that suggest the passage of time is ultimately indistinguishable from any other type of information we might collect. This is pattern matching, which implies the size of the brain and thermodynamics reflect the average lifespan of our species. An animal as large as we are could never have the brain of an insect and vice versa, because the brain itself is a thermodynamic engine that obeys Shannon Entropy, or information entropy, as well as thermodynamic entropy. A steam engine can build up heat inside and the whistle blowing and train moving are how it releases some of the heat, and the architecture of the human body and brain could extend that to the level of complexity required to support consciousness as we know. The brain uses an estimated 30-70 watts and you could say that, in a Goldilocks Universe that obeys singularity physics, for consciousness to emerge the brain must generate as much heat and information as it has to process. Our brains, you could say, make an impression of the world around them without drawing clear distinctions between what is energy and information, space and time. The logarithmic aspect of how this works implies we require a formulation of Boyle's Law that expresses four rudimentary ways in which the contents of any container exchange identities with the container itself, producing the most rudimentary emergent effects possible and four types of self-assembling and self-organizing behavior. Assuming four rudimentary "subtypes" of spontaneous self-organizing behavior, that means the principle of identity can easily vanish down the nearest available rabbit hole or toilet of your personal preference. It would make emergent effects, time, and self-organizing behavior all ultimately higher dimensional phenomena that are humanly inconceivable. What we don't know becomes every bit as important as what we do know, and what we don't do becomes every bit as important as what we do. The fact consciousness has allowed us to invent tools, reflects the thermodynamics becoming more complex again. I'll have to read the second article and think about it a bit, but the basic idea suggests again that the passage of time simply is not a machine, and being able to connect it to stochastic processes in the brain is one of four ways to explore the self-organization of time within the brain.