Day: September 23, 2010

time is a cultural construct

Well, time itself may not be. But the way it impacts on our actions, the way we think about it, interpret it, and respond emotionally to it are.

Check out this fabulous little gem delivered by Professor Philip Zimbardo at the RSA and animated by Cognitive Media:

I’m tempted to reflect on which one of these perspectives is the ‘most Christian’ — Zimbardo certainly suggests that a future-orientation goes with a religious disposition. But the thing is, I read Ecclesiastes and it sounds pretty ‘present hedonistic’ according to Zimbardo’s categorisation. I reckon the bigger challenge is figuring out how to be a Christian within the time perspective in which you’ve been enculturated.