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NOVEMBER 24, 2008 11:23AM

"So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"

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It's about time! 

A very nice NPR article came my way on the subject of time, which is relative. There is no tangible thing such as time. We think we can measure something called time with clocks, but really it's all ticks of machinery. Einstein told us this. Related to that idea is this NPR article saying that we construct “story archs” that categorize events into convenient units so that our attention may be redirected to focus on broader concerns--the ultimate in multitasking (another point of view calls this experience “disembodiment” by the way). Narratives accumulate over the course of our lives which accounts for time seeming to speed up as we get older. But read for yourself: “How to Live Forever! Or Why Habits are a Curse.” By the way, I don’t agree with his final “crux:" http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130221453&sc=fb&cc=fp

In terms of slowing time (or at least, the perception of it), the author advocates breaking out of the habitual—or comfort zones. This explains why time seems to slow when we are uncomfortable—the unexpected traffic seems to “take forever” to resolve, those months after a painful breakup, death, injury, loss of any kind... My break with OS is not in response to this article but coincides with it. I use this site to “kill time. 

Rule #1: Bring a towel!

This blog title comes from Douglass Adams’ Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. In this fourth book, the dolphins flee Earth in preparation for the arrival of aliens who have come to demolish it in preparation for an intergalactic mega-highway. This is the message they leave for the humans: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish.

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