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monkeon writes, "People tend to seek things that back up already held beliefs, but what books, films, or real-life events have actually changed the way you think about a subject?"

(, Thu 2 Apr 2015, 14:27)
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perception of time
I used to think that the perception of time speeding up as you grow older was because each measure of time becomes a smaller proportion of your memorable life the older you get. I.e a year is one fifth of your life when you turn five, but one thirtieth of your life when you turn 30. I've always been uncomfortable with this as it suggests we have no control over our perception of time and its just going to get faster and faster

Then I watched a Brian Cox programme where he hypothesised that our perception of how fast time is passing is done in hindsight not as it happens. Also our perception of how fast time has passed is affected by how many new experiences we've had in that time. The more new experiences we have the slower time appears to have passed in hindsight. This explain why memories of dramatic incidents like car crashes are recalled in slow motion.

This was an epiphany as it could mean we have control over our perception of time and one way to slow time down is to ensure you regularly go out and do something new. I have no idea if its true but I can't think of a better mantra for living.

I'm off out to crash my car.
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:13, closed)
If I want to know something about the science of perception
I always make sure to consult an astrophysicist presenting a children's programme. It's sure to be an absolutely reliable method of learning things.
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 13:02, closed)
harsh, enzyme
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 18:02, closed)
Someone had to say it.
It's a kindness, really.
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 19:40, closed)
That's all very well, but I'm still not putting my willy in your bum.

(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 14:08, closed)
It's the other way round surely
you slow down the perception of time by doing fuck all.

Cram a lot into one day and time flys (when you're enjoying yourself)

We only get a perception of time from our memories - do a lot and you have a lot of memories and you perceive time as flying. Do fuck all and time drags.
(, Sat 4 Apr 2015, 16:58, closed)
Nah, new things, but not in the timeframe of one day.
I moved around a lot in the past, and always found that after living in the same country for a couple of years, time flew by, but move to a new one, and it slowed right down again.
(, Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:16, closed)

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