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Devac  ·  95 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Musing on Life and Retrocausality

    Within consciousness, the outcome precedes the event. Where else in the universe does this happen?

This depends on the timeframe of events. Case in point: cyclical events.

    We might say the mental model is a result of cause, but success (or even definition) of the model is a reflection of the future, which has not occurred when the model is cause.

Yes, because we model based on current/past needs and observations. If I'm hungry (cause: lack of food, secondary cause: no fruit-bearing trees, tertiary cause: nobody planted them, ...), then I'll try to get food (solution 1: migrate, solution 2: hunt, solution 3: look what other things eat and see if I can do it too...).

I think it's less about consciousness being retrocausal and more about conceptualizing time beyond "now." Going back to cyclical events, if I was hungry once, I might be again in the future, therefore store some for later. Can you expect future outcomes without differentiating, consciously or not, past, present, and future?