By Michael G. Flaherty
Time, it's been stated, is the enemy. In an period of harried lives, time turns out more and more worthwhile as hours and days telescope and our lives usually appear to be flitting prior. And but, at different occasions, the mins drag on, every 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 notable insights in this so much common human event. Flaherty surveys countless numbers of people of every age in an try to ensure how such phenomena as discomfort, violence, threat, boredom, excitement, focus, surprise, and novelty impact our conception of time. Their tales make for fascinating interpreting, by means of turns popular and unique, mundane and dramatic, terrible and humorous. A qualitative and quantitative journey de strength, A Watched Pot offers what might be the 1st absolutely built-in concept 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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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.
In other words, each of these factors is capable of bringing about the perception that time is passing slowly, but none of them are necessary for the ex perience of protracted duration. In the following pages, a selection of data is brought forward as a purposeful melody of observations. The chosen vignettes have been selected with an eye toward conceptual elaboration and il lustration. ”6 Indeed, any form of suffering is capable of provok ing the perception that time is passing slowly. As Kristin Luker notes, this is particularly true when pain is aug mented by anguish during an illegal abortion: Protracted Duration / 44 At noon we went back [to the abortionist] and he told my hus band to wait in the waiting room.
Then we were made to kneel with two-by-fours behind our knees. I don’t know what kind of torture it is, but it does do the trick. We knelt there with everyone watching us for what seemed like ten hours. 9 However, the misery associated with protracted duration need not be outlandish, for a variety of homespun circum stances are capable of making an interval seem interminable. m. My sleep was disturbed by fever and strange, anxiety-causing dreams. When I awakened, I felt feverish and miserable, and I felt as though I’d been in bed for .
A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time by Michael G. Flaherty