The arguments supporting relation preserving smearing as a feature of representation, detailed in my TSC2017 presentation, tie in nicely with the notion of consciousness as driven by a process.
A process ‘unfolds’ over the Now instant or moment (be it infinitesimally continuous or atomically grainy), and that should be where consciousness fundamentally comes about – manifesting an instantaneous or momentary dimensionality that in-and-of-itself does not consist of structure and dynamics (in physical space-time, as conventionally defined).
Remarkably, in this (quasi) orthogonal-to-space-time system, distinct quales would be needed to represent every nuance and shade of experience. The sparsity / density balance that characterizes system dynamics over time would have to be replaced with a vehicle of representation by a state through the instant or moment. Therefore, perceived patterned relations (and translations and transformations etc.) should instantaneously or momentarily manifest rich combinations of qualitative dimensionality primaries, grounded in a sufficiently dense state.
Relation preserving smearing would drive all past and anticipated patterned, ‘interfering’, dynamics into an unfolding active process, thereby generating the underlying ‘physical’ fractal spatiotemporal compression activity that is required in order to consciously perceive sensations (producing a sufficiently dense NCC. Do please note, however, that the physical correlates of conscious sensation may involve limited locally expressed dynamic patterns of sufficient density that are never-the-less not phenomenally discernible by a global full-blown consciousness, because of the limits on it’s resolving capacities; i.e. compression, as described above, may apply to sensations as we know them at some mesoscopic scale, enveloping still lower order of scale spatiotemporal dynamics. The principle, however, of dense point-like manifestation in the instant, should be sound).
If some of what is suggested in these pages, or another scheme resembling it, is valid, then while consciousness produces space-time bridging awareness (spooky feelings through a distance…) it turns to also be perfectly correlated with causation (on some relevant order of scale), for causation is dependent on interaction effects, and interactions occur exclusively over the present instant or moment, at a given locus.
In this way, even though consciousness may not be directly steering it’s own dynamics and the agent’s behaviour, it is rather plausibly manifesting the most intimate knowledge possible – of causation steering these phenomena: It’s basic palette manifestation is correlated with stress or deformation where nothing ever changes and all changes occur.