Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, Mar 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Doug Belshaw flags this interesting account on time created by Brain Pickings's Maria Popova. The core thread of the discussion describes how our perception of time changes. The simple and immediate explanbation for this is, "We construct the experience of time in our minds, so it follows that we are able to change the elements we find troubling." It's like McTaggert says: time is not real. And it shows how flexible our perceptions are. "It is clear that however the brain counts time, it has a system that is very flexible. It takes account of [factors like] emotions, absorption, expectations, the demands of a task and even the temperature." Good stuff.

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