A Geography Of Time: Temporal Misadventures Of A Social by Robert V. Levine

By Robert V. Levine

Even though it is difficult to recollect in our clock-driven age, the concept that of time is relative and versatile. Robert Levine issues out cultures experience of time has profound outcomes for an individual's mental, actual, and emotional healthiness. vacationing round the glope, in either prior and current occasions, he describes "clock time" towards either "nature time" - the rhythm of the sunlight and the seasons - and "event time" - the structuring of time round happenings. He argues that via studying to embody those 3 diverse perceptions of time, by means of constructing a "multi temporal" strategy, you'll take pleasure in a extra versatile and worthwhile lifestyles.

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In music, attributes like tempo and rhythm are distinct entities. They can be analyzed independently. In the world of social time, however, the lines are less clear cut. But the pace of life people experience goes beyond tempo. The pace of life is a tangled arrangement of cadences, of perpetually changing rhythms and sequences, stresses and calms, cycles and spikes. It may be regular or irregular, and in or out of synch with its surroundings. The pace of life transcends simple measures of fast or slow.

The further removed they are from external cues, however, the more exaggerated are their errors. In one study, individuals who were confined to isolation units for periods ranging from one week to one month underestimated the passage of hours by a little under 50 percent. 8 The experience of time was even more distorted in an unusual case study by a dedicated French geologist named Michel Siffre. Assuming the role of both experimenter and subject, Siffre confined himself to live alone for two months in an 8 x 13 foot "isolation unit" (a nylon tent) in a cave, on a glacier, 375 feet below the surface of the earth.

BEYOND TEMPO What then, is time? If no one asks me, I know. If I wish to explain it to someone who asks, I know it not. ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions, Book II, Sec. 14. The terms "tempo" and "pace of life" are sometimes used interchangeably. In fact, the speed of our lives does often color the entirety of our temporal experience. 34 Dapkus, who was interested in learning what type of concepts people use to describe their experience of time, interviewed a group of adults about the full range of their temporal awareness.

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