My goal is to move a little away from the cognitive processes and trying to discover “how our brain fools us” – which enough people are working on already – and instead move into our relationship with the everyday environment and Time and our experiences of it.
So I’m starting from a Nervous-System-Out direction rather than the typical Nervous-System-In [to the brain] direction. Enough people are doing that. Staggeringly few are going in the opposite direction, but I think I know why:
Most studies are designed to fit in a Lab, with walls and a ceiling and floor tongue emoticon A brain fits nicely in that environment… but the environment does not fit nicely into the Lab.
I should look into Permutation City; it’s my kind of read and I’d love any other tidbits from it that you might have.
It bothers me that in 2015 we still ultimately “hang time off of the fixed stars”. The atomic clock creates it own time that we base time off of, but we forget quickly that it WAS calibrated with the Sun and Moon, just like astrologers of old. Growing up, I would have been certain that relativistic time would be commonplace by 2015 and it’s far from it. Perhaps it is in hopes of hanging on to a classical view of objectivity; because with relativistic Time, accurate measuring will become increasingly difficult and the Science would have to acknowledge the validity of the individual perspective n some capacity other than for pulling together statistical models of this and that.