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 important as hours and days telescope and our lives frequently appear to be flitting prior. And but, at different occasions, the mins drag on, each one tick of the clock excruciatingly drawn out. What explains this seeming paradox? established upon an entire decade's empirical study, Michael G. Flaherty's new e-book deals amazing insights in this such a lot common human adventure. Flaherty surveys countless numbers of people of every age in an try and ensure how such phenomena as ache, violence, possibility, boredom, excitement, focus, surprise, and novelty impact our belief of time. Their tales make for exciting studying, through turns customary and unique, mundane and dramatic, terrible and humorous. A qualitative and quantitative journey de strength, A Watched Pot offers what could be the 1st absolutely built-in concept of time and may be of curiosity to scientists, humanists, social scientists and the informed public alike. a call impressive educational booklet.

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In fact, a great many things are happening as the young woman waits Paradoxical Variation / 29 in that office and—again, like Koestler—much of what she attends to is of her own making. In other words, “empty” time is a misnomer, but not because a passive subject is pummeled by overt, external stimuli. Rather, that which is mistaken for time free of stimulus complexity or embedded activity is actually filled by cognitive and affective processes on the part of those who are covertly, actively, and self-con­ sciously engrossed by their circumstances, regardless of the apparent uneventfulness.

17 For example, intense enjoyment of music can induce protracted duration: A certain kind of music has a strange effect on me . . when the melody is one which begins very slowly . . and softly. It is almost as if a single note begins somewhere in the infinite past and grows and grows in volume. I get this feeling that I am experiencing something like the infinity of time. When it happens, it’s almost as if I can unconsciously see it out there all by itself . . a single note which started long, long before I was born, maybe even before anybody was born.

10 My mom and I got into our car to go home, which was only ten minutes away. I was a nosy seven-year-old, and I climbed into the Protracted Duration / 46 back to see what kind of groceries we had. Slowly, I put my hand into a bag and pulled out a red thing. It looked as if it would taste good so I took a big bite. Instantly, my eyes got big, and my mouth felt as if it was on fire. I started kicking and screaming, but my mother couldn’t help me. I had to sit and wait for us to get home. It seemed as if my mother was driving five miles per hour.

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