By Michael G. Flaherty
Time, it's been acknowledged, is the enemy. In an period of harried lives, time turns out more and more useful as hours and days telescope and our lives usually appear to be flitting previous. And but, at different instances, the mins drag on, every one tick of the clock excruciatingly drawn out. What explains this seeming paradox? dependent upon an entire decade's empirical learn, Michael G. Flaherty's new e-book bargains notable insights in this such a lot common human event. Flaherty surveys 1000s of people of every age in an try to make certain how such phenomena as agony, violence, risk, boredom, pleasure, focus, surprise, and novelty impression our belief of time. Their tales make for exciting interpreting, via turns regular and unique, mundane and dramatic, bad and humorous. A qualitative and quantitative journey de strength, A Watched Pot provides what might be the 1st absolutely built-in concept of time and should be of curiosity to scientists, humanists, social scientists and the trained public alike. a decision extraordinary educational e-book.
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Around sprint number twenty . . it got worse. 8 And, of course, suffering can be inflicted by those who do not have our best interests at heart. Torture is the classic example, as is evident in the following passage where a pris oner of war describes ingenious, albeit cruel treatment at the hands of Japanese soldiers: We were made to stand at attention, with our arms extended, holding the canteens upside down until all the corn had fallen out. Then we were made to kneel with two-by-fours behind our knees.
3 Here, Camus alerts us to the interplay of perception and memory. The perceived passage of time is conditioned by differentiation between the present and the past. In other words, an interval of time in the immediacy of one’s current experience will not be identical to that same interval of time once it has been consigned to one’s memory. Moreover, the statement by Camus implies that the interplay of perception and memory is conditioned further by what transpires dur ing a given interval. Thus, the emptiness and paralysis of imprisonment will not be remembered in the same way as another interval of equal objective length, but one which is filled with variety and activity.
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A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time by Michael G. Flaherty