Thank you for the reply.
"One way or another, its clear that they come from outside our conscious mind."
That clarity hasn't become apparent to me, yet. Besides, I am unsure of the divisional aspect of consciousness, at this point. I am aware of how it appears to be, yet I seem to encounter information that runs contra to the norm. But that seems to be true for everything with consciousness. IOW, there are rules that are followed - mostly. There is the way things appear - mostly. There is knowledge of this or that - mostly. Etc.
I don't know about the clock metaphor is the best fit. This would seem to be making too much of a mechanical metaphor. I think process fits more closely, as in a series of translations, e.g., a set of information in Greek translated to Latin, translated to Old English, translated to American.
This would seem to be the case - maybe. Or maybe not. =)