Human Perception of Space-Time
March 19, 2013

Human Perception Of Space-Time

For thousands of years, human beings have thought of space and time as two completely separate entities. This perception was embedded, not only in social preference, but in the influence of mythological stories that we’ve put our children to bed with. All of this until a bright young man by the name of Albert Einstein busted down the doors and brought to the table a new theory: space-time.

Effectively, this new concept was a combination of the two perceptions in both theory and in practice. Einstein published his theory in a paper called Special Relativity in 1905, shining light on a completely new way to imagine time in front of us. Some years later he branched out on the theory to discuss General Relativity. According to him, time and space weren’t as different as everyone preferred to believe. In fact, space and time were directly reactionary of each other.

It seems that a new theory on human’s perception of time is being theorized as new studies by Eugene Caruso suggest that our perception has more to do with future and past events. Scientists observed pedestrians at a train station and discovered that most people thought that upcoming events in one month or one year seemed closer than one month or one year in the past.

What this means is that a large selection of people had a different perception of time rooted in how they viewed future events.

In short, Caruso claimed that humans perceive the future as much closer than the past because we perceive ourselves as moving toward it, a bit like a toy on a product line. Things like schedules and time management can also contribute to what Caruso and his teams have called The Dobbler Effect.

Personally, I’ve waited a long time for someone to theorize something like this simply because it articulates my perception of reality almost perfectly. As mentioned before, I perceive time like it is inevitable and I am a toy on a product line. This observation is suitable in light of my feelings about life, since I often feel that we are all robots (in essence) moving towards an unstoppable end game.

Whether that end game to me is death or not remains to be seen. But what’s important to note is that I often feel that time and perception of future events directly effects my scheduling, just as Caruso and his team have theorized. What this means is that I’m much more comfortable believing that I’ve run out of time for activities than if I had all the time in the world.

The idea here is that I don’t believe that any product line perception of time is anyone’s time; it’s simply time given to you. On a more philosophical aspect, this is not the way I prefer to view my life.

How does Caruso’s Doppler Effect apply to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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