Reality creates consciousness (as we personally understand consciousness)
A jug fills drop by drop.
[Time's] Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all you tears wash out a Word of it.
Omar Khayyám, The Rubáiyát
In any attempt to bridge the domains of experience belonging to the spiritual and physical sides of our nature, time occupies the key position.
The relativistic union of space with time is far more appropriately characterized as a dynamization of space rather than a spatialisation of time.
The history of natural philosophy is characterized by the interplay of two rival philosophies of time, one aiming at its "elimination" and the other based on the belief that it is fundamental and irreducible.
G. J. Whitrow
Past and future must be ackowledged to be as real as the present, and a certain emancipation from slavery to time is essential to philosophic thought.
Our destiny . . . is not frightful because it is unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and ironbound. Time is the substance of which I am made. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which mangles me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.
Jorge Luis Borges
Apart from time there is no meaning for purpose, hope, fear, energy. If there be no historic process, then everything is what it is, namely, a mere fact. Life and motion are lost.
Alfred North Whitehead
and most poignant: (the response)
The theory of relativity conceives of events as simply being.
It is not the theory of relativity which "conceives of events as simply being." as Grünbaum claims, but rather Grünbaum, the philosopher, who conceives of the world as being thus.
Richard M. Gale
Evidence must be interrogated by minds trained in a discipline of attentive disbelief - EP Thompson
God may not play dice, and may have little in the way of a sense of humor.
Mother Nature on the other hand is gambling on you.