From " Life, Itself", page 69, in the chapter called " The Concept of State", under the sub-heading 4B: " Chronicles":
Robert Rosen wrote:
" I will begin by stepping back again a bit, simply by supposing that people do not yet have a notion of state in our convenience. In effect, Let me retreat towards the level of percepts and awareness and take care of the home as a real observer. Thinking about state, as being a concept and never a percept, thus will not yet enter the picture by any means. Thus, all we have is the self viewing its appearance. What does it see?
All the do it yourself can see is actually a sequence of percepts, ordered by it is subjective feeling of time. We suppose that the self can choose which percepts it will look at (in more sophisticated language, which variables it can measure) and whether it can look consistently or test at discrete intervals. (Subjective) time is usually itself an intricate concept (see AS), nonetheless it is a primitive that we will take for granted at this level. As a result, the result of the self taking a look at its feel is only a tabulation; a directory of what is viewed, indexed by simply when it is viewed. Such a list we shall call a chronicle.
Chronicles can thus end up being completely irrelavent things, in least insofar as precisely what is tabulated in them is concerned. Weather agencies, stock exchanges, census takers, and a host of other familiar institutions present endless fields of them. Inside the scientific realm, they are data. To the vem som st?r, entirely worried about what happened when ever, they are the extremely stuff of existence.