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Can you see time?

Can you see time?
September 13, 2009, 07:58:39 PM
Imagine if you could see time laid out in front of you, or surrounding your body. And you could physically point to specific dates in space.

Important dates might stand out - birthdays, anniversaries. And you could scan a visible timeline - to check if you were available - whenever you made plans. No actual diary necessary.

According to Julia Simner, a psychologist from the University of Edinburgh, there is a reasonable chance you can. And that you may use the experience, unconsciously, every day.

Dr Simner studies synaesthesia - a condition caused by an unusually high number of connections between two areas of the brain's sensory cortex, making two senses inseparable.


I hope so. Sounds neat. Reminds me of the mythic imagination of the ancients, the magical realism of Marquez and Hemingway, and the Hindu conception of time as a trait of relativity not an object in itself.

Re: Can you see time?
September 14, 2009, 05:51:51 PM
The Tralfamadorians from Slaughterhouse-Five, who could "see the fourth dimension," and knowing how every event in the universe panned out determined the lack of "free will" in the universe.

I guess the next best thing is calendar-vision, or space-time synaesthesia, as in the article. It's probably similar to how people envision a number line in imaginary space. It's neat when you think about it, but it's also a very common phenomenon, at least among more organized people who plan ahead for things. They were probably born with the brain for such an ability.

Despite the tone of the article (and they basically mention at the end), synaesthesia isn't a magical superpower, it's really a side effect on the mind of how the brain organizes, stores, and reads, potentially associative information. But it's really neat, it makes you wonder if the mind is granted an nth sense through this.

Re: Can you see time?
September 17, 2009, 08:58:44 AM
But it's really neat, it makes you wonder if the mind is granted an nth sense through this.

Or to wax Kantian/Schopenhauerian, makes you wonder if the mind isn't filtering an nth dimension normally in order to provide a consistent reality experience for a smart ape (w/ car keys).