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Lots of thoughts about time

Thinking about the state you get to when you're falling asleep.I'm more thinking about the loss of an awareness of the passing of time.

Some peeps reckon we impose space and time on the world. I used to understand Kant on Time & Space. I liked Kant (eventually) - he made sense to me. Need to find out who's written recent philosophy on time. This looks fun http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/t/time.htm

Wondering about the state you get into when you appear to stop being aware of time passing eg when you're daydreaming or falling asleep or just concentrating hard.

Quotations I like

" If it (time) were circular, then Homer might write his Iliad and Odyssey epics in the future, a possibility that appealed to the ancient Stoic philosophers."

"In the literature in both physics and philosophy, descriptions of the big bang often assume that a first event is also a first instant of time and that spacetime did not exist outside the big bang. This intimate linking of a first event with a first time is a philosophical move, not something demanded by the science. It is not even clear that it's correct to call the big bang an event. "

"A theory of time should address the question of time's apparent direction."


That sounds like a reference to hypnagogia.

"Hypnagogia is the semi-conscious state between wakefulness and sleep. It has been recognised for hundreds of years as a source of creative thought and intuition. In terms of brainwave patterns, Hypnagogia is the interval just preceding stage 1 sleep characterized by a slowing of the alpha rhythm (8 - 12 Hz) which then breaks up and is replaced by a slower and smaller amplitude theta rhythm (4 - 7 Hz)."

Thank you!

I didn't know what the term was. I guessed there would be a term for that state. Something has awakened a desire in me to start reading texts that hurt my head again!

Re: Thank you!

There is also an article in this month's Fortean Times (Oct 2002 FT163) about it - so I was able to remember the name ;-)
'Time' is explained by the British legal system and the first world war.

It's there to stop munitions workers drinking all day, and is therefore out of date and should be abolished.

See, easy.

January 2009

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