When Time Becomes Irrelevant

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We often talk about time being the scarce resource it is, but isn’t it funny that it is probably one of the hardest things to measure, or even keep track of where it goes?

Circling back to Movember for a moment, when engaging one of our program leaders in a conversation about joining in the cause and the EWC team, he was a bit hesitant. It had been a long time since he had shaven, and while I thought I had gotten attached to my beard after a handful of months, for Lance it had been years.

But the thing is, between him and Christina, they couldn’t exactly agree on the general time frame for when the beard stuck.

Maybe Lance was pretty clear on the general time frame and didn’t feel the need to pinpoint. And maybe it was just a fun exchange, cycling back through history, slightly challenging to pinpoint the exact timing in that moment. But sometimes these dates just get a little fuzzy, especially with stuff like this that isn’t exactly of paramount importance, despite their appearance.

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When you search “time” in google images, you can probably imagine the number of clocks that might appear in the results. But that would have been far and away the easy way out. Up until this point in selecting images for my posts, I usually find several to chose from, but am oftentimes ultimately drawn to one particular image. Time was a much more difficult choice than expected. Maybe I’ll find a way to incorporate other images at some point … in time. Which got me thinking, time is a pretty interesting concept that crosses a myriad of topics.

But we’re here to give mention to Time Warped, a book by Claudia Hammond. While you’ll find plenty of reviews with a quick search, here’s the overview from the spot where I found the image, posted on the Barnes & Noble website:

Why does life speed up as we get older? Why does the clock in your head sometimes move at a different speed from the one on the wall? Time rules our lives, but how much do we understand it? And is it possible to retrain our brains and improve our relationship with it?

Drawing on the latest research from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and biology, and using original research on the way memory shapes our understanding of time, the acclaimed writer and BBC broadcaster Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries of time perception. Along the way, she introduces us to an extraordinary array of characters willing to go to great lengths in the interests of research, including the French speleologist Michel Siffre, who spends two months in an ice cave in complete darkness.

Time Warped offers insight into how to manage our time more efficiently, speed time up and slow it down at will, plan for the future with more accuracy, and, ultimately, use the warping of time to our own advantage.

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