Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Interesting Perspective on Time

Interesting Perspective on Time

This is an exert from an interview with Joshua Foer the Author of Moon walking With Einstein (I just ordered it and it is in my queue to be read in July so I will let you know how it is)

This exchange stuck with me and thought I would pass it on.

Q: What is the connection between memory and our sense of time?

A: As we get older, life seems to fly by faster and faster. That's because we structure our experience of time around memories. We remember events in relation to other events. But as we get older, and our experiences become less unique, our memories can blend together. If yesterday's lunch is indistinguishable from the one you ate the day before, it'll end up being forgotten. That's why it's so hard to remember meals. In the same way, if you're not doing things that are unique and different and memorable, this year can come to resemble the last, and end up being just as forgettable as yesterday's lunch. That's why it's so important to pack your life with interesting experiences that make your life memorable, and provide a texture to the passage of time.

So time begins to fly the older we get because we are not doing enough new things. The routine actually makes our lives fly by quicker. It one of the reasons I try to incorporate new experiences, places, etc into my daily grind. Maybe I need to do more.

If you want your life to slow down do something new.


Bill From Gainesville said...

Read this post this morning and vaguely remembered reading a review of this book a couple of weeks ago or so, and thinking I should read it.
Went to the Mall that is just down the street from my work, and bought it during lunch. Walked out of the borders where I purchased it and tried to remember the name of the mall I was at, and only remembered it started with a "T" -- Drove back to work and saw the sign for the mall... Tyrone Square Mall is the name.
//Needs to remember stuff better, hope this book helps.

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