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 Hermes 01-30-13 07:31 PM

Time is not Constant

Most think that time cannot speed up or slow down. I have found that during intervals, time is variable. During the force part of the interval, time seems to stand still and 10 seconds seems like a minute. During the rest interval, time speeds up. I look at the time and 30 seconds have passed and I am still tired. The next 30 seconds are over in what seems like 10 seconds.

My perception of Now while on the bike must be different when I am suffering or I am in recovery.

 Esteban58 01-30-13 10:56 PM

So true. Is there some hidden deeper meaning here? Do we do intervals to slow down the passage of time?

 Hermes 01-31-13 12:59 AM

My theory is that if we did constant intervals, we would not age. If I did a 11 year interval, Racer Ex and I would be the same age.:D

 chasm54 01-31-13 07:31 AM

Sadly, this is true only if one's intervals are undertaken at a pace approaching the speed of light. However, you may still have something, in that this may be why Ex's TT times are those of a much younger man.

The alternative theory is that of Dunbar in Catch-22. The more tedious something is, the more time slows down. And hard intervals are certainly tedious...

 Allegheny Jet 01-31-13 08:49 AM

Anytime I can’t sleep I watch one of the shows like “Through the Worm Hole” or “How the Universe Works” and I’m asleep in minutes. Even when I want to watch the programs early in the evening they put me to sleep. Maybe, it’s my mind’s reaction to quantum physics?

What causes one to forget about the pain and suffering that takes place during the interval so quickly? If I put my hand in very hot water then watched the clock for 30" it would seem like forever and after my 3 minute recovery I would not attempt a 2nd repeat. Do the same on the bike where you turn your body inside out to the point of puking or peeing yourself after 30", then after a few minutes recovery I'm locked and loaded for another personal assault.

 Hermes 01-31-13 09:32 AM

Nova did a piece on the phenomena of the perception of time changing for different activities that was not founded in physics - activities that were boring, fascinating, exhausting and thrilling. I could not find it on You Tube.

I did like the part about the alien on the bicycle far away who would see either our past, future or present depending on whether he was standing still, riding toward us or away from us - even at the slow speed of the bicycle.

I can snooze through a Nova as well as Wagner's Rings - except for The Ride of the Valkyries.

 chasm54 01-31-13 10:07 AM

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 Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet (Post 15219461) What causes one to forget about the pain and suffering that takes place during the interval so quickly? If I put my hand in very hot water then watched the clock for 30" it would seem like forever and after my 3 minute recovery I would not attempt a 2nd repeat. Do the same on the bike where you turn your body inside out to the point of puking or peeing yourself after 30", then after a few minutes recovery I'm locked and loaded for another personal assault.
It's a survival mechanism. Were we able to recall the real sensation of pain, we would become too risk-averse to live normally. So we can remember that it hurt, but not what "hurt" felt like. It's why some women have more than one child.

 sarals 01-31-13 01:38 PM

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 Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet (Post 15219461) Anytime I can’t sleep I watch one of the shows like “Through the Worm Hole” or “How the Universe Works” and I’m asleep in minutes. Even when I want to watch the programs early in the evening they put me to sleep. Maybe, it’s my mind’s reaction to quantum physics?
You're on to something, AJ. That works for me, too. Perhaps we could comprise ourselves as a "study/control group"? ;)

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