A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time by Michael G. Flaherty

By Michael G. Flaherty

Time, it's been stated, is the enemy. In an period of harried lives, time turns out more and more valuable as hours and days telescope and our lives frequently appear to be flitting previous. And but, at different occasions, 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 examine, Michael G. Flaherty's new booklet deals striking insights in this so much common human adventure. Flaherty surveys hundreds of thousands of people of every age in an try to verify how such phenomena as ache, violence, threat, boredom, pleasure, focus, surprise, and novelty impression our conception of time. Their tales make for exciting examining, by means of turns customary and unique, mundane and dramatic, awful and humorous. A qualitative and quantitative travel de strength, A Watched Pot offers what could be the 1st absolutely built-in thought of time and may be of curiosity to scientists, humanists, social scientists and the proficient public alike. a decision amazing educational booklet.

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Therefore, the elementary forms of lived duration are not by-products of research and reactivity; they are facets of human experience and expres­ sion even when inquiry is not at issue. To sum up, then, there are circumstances in which time seems to pass slowly, circumstances in which time seems to have passed quickly, and circumstances in which one’s expe­ rience of duration is roughly synchronized with the time of clocks and calendars. A theory that purports to account for variation in the perceived passage of time must show how these circumstances differ from one another, such that they result in the three elementary forms of lived duration.

They drive up as I’m puzzling over what switch controls what function of the machine. . Between chuckles, they give me reme­ dial instructions on how to operate a prowl car and direct me to where I am next to appear. When I eventually arrive at the firehouse, David is standing on the corner chatting with another officer. Maybe ten minutes have passed since I left the section sergeant fondling the Mercedes, but of course it seems like years. 2 Van Maanen provides us with detailed description of a busy interval that evokes within him the feeling that time is passing very slowly.

I was conscious of this paradox whenever I scratched a fresh mark on the white plaster of the wall, and with a particular shock of astonishment when I drew a circle round the marks to celebrate the passage of the weeks and, later, the months. What, another week, a whole month, a whole quarter of a year! 4 Through the ordeal of imprisonment, Koestler stumbles upon one of the three paradoxical features of lived dura­ tion. , with hindsight), it seems to have passed quickly. Furthermore, both of these feelings provide implicit contrast with the normal, nearly unnoticed synchronization between lived duration and the passage of standard tempo­ ral units.

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