Making Time (Paperback)
Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control it
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Why does time seem to speed up as we get older? Why does it seem to drag when we’re bored or in pain, or to go slowly when we’re in unfamiliar environments? Why does it slow down dramatically in accidents and emergency situations, when sportspeople are ‘in the zone’, or in higher states of consciousness?
Making Time explains why we have these different perceptions of time, suggesting that there are five basic ‘laws’ of psychological time and uncovering the factors which cause them. It uses evidence from modern physics and unusual states of consciousness to suggest that our normal sense of time is an illusion, ‘created’ by our minds. But perhaps more importantly, on a practical level, this book shows us what we can do to control our sense of time passing, to make it pass slowly or quickly in different situations. It suggests that it is possible for us to live through more time in our lives, and so effectively increase the amount of time which we are alive for.
In the final chapter, Steve Taylor uses insights from Buddhism – investigating the practices of mindfulness and meditation – to show how we can actually transcend linear time, and learn to live fully in the present moment.
‘Raising some fascinating questions about the nature of time and answering them admirably, this book will grab your attention, befuddle you slightly and leave you feeling invigorated with a new perspective, if not thoroughly enlightened. Using both psychological and physical science Taylor explores these ideas in an entirely accessible and engaging way, leading the reader calmly through a tangle of theory and philosophy. Time you read it.’
‘In what is both a practical manual and a text-book of psychology, [Steve Taylor] illustrates that time itself is in some senses an illusion determined by circumstances such as our age, our boredom threshold, and our childlike eagerness for exciting things. It is possible to alter our perceptions in order to make time pass quickly or slowly, just as we wish, and Taylor shows how it can be done.’
‘A fascinating book completely worth reading.’
‘Provocative and freewheeling, wilfully unscientific without ever dabbling in pseudoscience, this book will really start you thinking about how you can try to be free.’
‘A fascinating inquiry … Taylor’s book is so absorbing that time will fly by as you read it.’