posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 03:19 AM
This is something wrote answering a similar question on another forum:
Time is in the eye of the beholder. In that Time was invented by humans as a means to break down the day/night period into quantifiable sections so as
to be able to effectively place some sort of control on their day to day lives and to act as a base for being able to accurately determine things like
farming seasons, whether to invade the next country for whatever pitiful reason without freezing themselves solid by accidentally invading during the
worst winter in history, you know...that kinda thing....
So. Humans have become almost instinctively aware of Time in the eons of evolution of the human species since the advent of the idea of Time. It has
evolved and even branched out into different interpretations of it (EG the Mayan calender). It has been ingrained into our deepest subconscious
somewhere in-between the instinct reflex that causes us to breathe and the instinct to want to bash slow walking people in the back of the head. We
have an acute sense with us at all times of when to roughly expect the next section of Time to kick over, how long it has been since the last section
of Time, and the amount of Time left until the next section of Time. Thus we are able to, for instance, know with almost boring accuracy, how long it
will be until you get to leave work.
Throw emotion into the mix. If an individual does not wish to go to work because his job sux, the boss is an a*hole and the secretary is screwing a
goat, he will be aware of the time remaining till he can get the hell out of there and will be annoyed and/or sad at the fact that it FEELS like Time
is going slower than it SHOULD be and will not speed up for him. If this same individual were to be, say, fishing - an activity he enjoys very much -
he will be aware of how much Time he has remaining until he has to go home and be annoyed and/or sad at the fact that it FEELS like Time is going
faster than it SHOULD be and will not slow down for him.
But what happens if you were to take Time out of the equation?
Have you ever been so deep in thought that 2 hours go by and you suddenly 'come to' to find you have been staring at the same spot on the wall that
looks like a nipple poking out but is actually just a painted over nail?
Chances are that you were accessing some part of another unconscious or deep-seated thought that was over-riding and suppressing your awareness of
Time. You became so entrenched with a singular thought process that you could unconsciously manipulate your awareness of Time inside the thought, even
totally forget about it. Without your awareness of Time how are you to know how long it is until the next section of Time, whether that be a second, a
minute or an hour? Without your perception of Time your memory of how long a 'section' of say 30 seconds takes to tick over could become 35 seconds
in actuality, then 40 seconds, then 45 seconds. Time, in your mind, is going faster, not at the rate you would expect it to be, but your mind isn't
taking into account the fact that it is incorrectly guessing the space of Time between sections.
Coma patients don't know how long they have been unconscious for because their ability to perceive Time isn't able to be processed by an actively