The Spacetime Paradox

Objects in space exist but are not real. Conversely, time does not exist but is real.

The mind’s perceptions comprise existence. Every moment, a set of symbolic constructs impresses upon awareness. A mind imbues some constructs with meaning and objectifies them, creating an illusory material world stocked with objects.

Reality is that which necessarily is. Existence results from the mind’s fabrications, the wellspring of which emanates from a universal-but-localized force of coherence.

The flow of symbols which result in Nature do so through symbolic processing by the mind. The term mind is an object-oriented feint for the process of mentation.

Mentation has established patterns and techniques for construing the information presented to it. The procedural baseline for mental activity is species-specific. Fine resolution is afforded by awareness, which is primarily an outgrowth of an organism’s level of consciousness.

Whereas reality is a unicity, existence is a diversity. Coherence emergently manufactures a hierarchical system of symbols from the quantum level up. This information is imbibed by localized consciousnesses and massaged into existence via mentation. Nature is the exhibition – within individual minds – of existence.

Following the template of its manufacture by coherence, Nature appears quantized: in discrete bits. This discovery by German physicist Max Planck in 1900 set the stage for modern physics.

For existence to manifest, it must have a venue. This theater we call space.

In that space necessarily is, space is real. Yet space itself does not exist, as it makes no impression upon the mind. Only what populates space – bodies and objects – exist by dint of the mind’s appreciation.

An object is a snapshot. The symbols which energetically beget objects are in a constant of flux – the primordial evolutionary process. As such, objects are illusory: processes disguised as objects.

The mind collates its collection of object snapshots via memory and assigns dynamic attributes to them. The most functional designated behavior is causality. Cause and effect is the modus operandi of desire fulfillment.

Existence is ever emergent and is only of the present moment.

Like space, time is real by its conceptual necessity for phenomena to arise. In other words, space and time are essential ideas for Nature to take shape as we experience it. Unlike objects, time has no symbolic origination.

The idea of time and all its associations are purely mental constructs. The past is of memory and the future from imagination. Being entirely in the mind, time does not exist.


Ishi Nobu, Unraveling Reality: Behind the Veil of Existence (2019).

Ishi Nobu, “The mechanics of existence,” (10 December 2019).