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10.06.2014

The Illusion of Time

Lenin here! I will be your guest blogger for the day covering for the talented Alex Santos, since she is currently swamped with midterms. It's strange but this semester seems to be taking a toll on just about everyone that I know. How many times have you wished for more hours in a day?
I am sure we all have at some point or another in our lives. Personally, it feels as if the older I get the faster time seems to be passing by each day. This brings me the the topic that I wanted to cover on this special guest blog and that is the temporal illusion that comes with time perception. Now I realize that not many people tend to think about this but when you do it can make you feel as if things are incoherent. This is why I want to give you all a quick run down as to why us humans may feel this way about time. The way many theories explain this is by looking at each year, a year is a smaller percentage of your life. When you were six, a year was 1/6 of your life. The difference between you and an 18 year old was two times your entire life span, let alone how much of it you remembered. Now, time seems to fly in comparison because you have more time under your belt.

A year is only 1/41 of your life, not 1/6.. It is all an illusion. A year is a year, but that is the obvious part. As you get older you experience fewer new things. When you were young you learned to walk, talk, go to school, learned new things, experienced new challenges. This explains that as you get older, you are more experienced and everyday gets to seem like a grind. The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. This explains why childhood summers seem to last forever, while old age slips by with every blink. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down and the more quickly time seems to pass. This theory may seem terrifying at first but it really should just give you more initiative into taking advantage of our time perception. If we feed our brains more new information, it will take extra procession time, which will require time to move more slowly each day. Here are some quick tips to keeping your days effectively feeling longer; keep learning, visit new places, meet new people, visit new places, and just be

 spontaneous. As basic as most of these tips may seem, it is important to always keep surprising yourself, especially the older you get. The less time you give your brain to prepare itself, the less familiar it will be with the information and it will effectively take longer to process that time period. Well, that is all! By just having read this short post, you have slowed down your day to learn something new and interesting. I hope you have enjoyed this special guest appearance and I will see you all next time!


Remember to just breath!