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The author of the book: John Tierney
Date of issue: September 1st 2013
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We don't think about time much, do we?
Time surrounds us. We can't think about it any more than a fish can imagine the water in which he swims.
Einstein said time is an illusion. Henri Bergson sees it as "duration, a natural flow. A Buddhist would see it as a circle, a priest as eternity's antechamber, a historian a history of human development and decay. On the other hand, a lawyer might see his hours as billable units, and a psychiatrist might see them as fifty minutes long.
It's all these things, and more. In this book, I distinguish between chronological, personal, and circular approaches. to time. There is a large gap between our relentlessly chronological views of it and a relaxed non-European perception of time. Much of it leads to misunderstand and miscommunication. Part of it is the imprecision of our own speech, part of it is, simply, due to the separate evolution of world cultures.
Exact speech and a strong cultural sense of time's different faces can do much for world understanding.
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Read information about the authorJohn Marion Tierney is a journalist who has worked for the New York Times since 1990.
Tierney writes a science column, Findings, and the TierneyLab blog for the Times. The TierneyLab takes a contrarian view about science and society:
The Lab's work is guided by two founding principles:Tierney identifies himself as a libertarian, and has become increasingly identified with libertarianism. His columns have been critical of rent stabilization, the war on drugs, Amtrak and compulsory recycling. His 1996 article "Recycling Is Garbage" broke the New York Times Magazine's hate mail record.
1. Just because an idea appeals to a lot of people doesn't mean it's wrong.
2. But that's a good working theory.
(Further information can be found at Wikipedia, and at the author's biographical page at the New York Times.)
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