The Secret Powers of Time

  • January 20, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Capriccio's

Our attitudes toward time have a profound impact on our life and our world, but we rarely recognize them. Our perception of, and relationship to, time influences everything from how we communicate, to how we decide whether to take risks, to our enjoyment of life. If we more fully understand our own attitudes toward time, we can use that understanding to break unhealthy attachments to the past, resist the trap of instant gratification, and move confidently toward our future goals. Dr Philip Zimbardo addresses some of these concepts in this brief (10 minute) animated video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg. There is also a longer lecture version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJybVxUiy2U (41 minutes).

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  • Chris

    Truly enjoyed the conversation. Very eager for the discussion of the science of time. Thanks for leading it, Andrea, and thank you to all who shared thoughts.

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Kate

    Thanks, Andrea! I enjoyed the conversation and look forward to the the next one. I'll be sure to check out the NPR link as well. Have a great week!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Andrea

    Hi folks, thanks for coming! I was driving home (slowly, obeying all speed limits!) and I heard a RadioLab on NPR that I thought might be of interest. It's called Beyond Time and you can hear it here: http://www.radiolab.org/2007/jul/24/

    January 20, 2013

    • Ken

      Glad you made it home safely and slowly! And thank you for convening an interesting conversation today about time. I'm listening to the NPR segment now and it's fascinating - the guy going "backwards" is quite a character.

      1 · January 20, 2013

  • Tee C.

    are all the spaces filled?

    January 20, 2013

  • Kate

    I just watched the animated video and was reminded of the book Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman. I haven't watched the longer lecture yet, and am not sure if he references Lightman's book. If not, check it out (it's a quick read).

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was impressed with an exhibit on clocks in the Elizabethan period, which I caught at the Folgers Library in Washington in the 90s. Sparked my onterest in this topic actually.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The topic of our conception of time and how it controls our lives fascinates me. Thinking about life before modern clocks, without a concept of a 24 hour day, is also a fascinating idea to explore.

    January 19, 2013

  • Jean S.

    The downside of success... Too many people want to come to this discussion. Andrea, you are a gem! You have come up with such a great topic that there is a log-jam to attend. Ah, the sweet smell of success............. I read that you are doing a similar topic in February - that is an excellent idea. I doubt that there is a human being that is not affected continually by the game we play with time. It is a stellar topic!

    January 16, 2013

    • Andrea

      Aw, thanks Jean for your kind comments. Yes, Michael Tweed is doing what looks like a fantastic meeting in February dealing with the scientific understanding of time, which sounds fascinating.

      1 · January 16, 2013

  • Jean S.

    Or, maybe everyone just wants to hang out with Andrea! She is "good people" if you haven't met her yet.

    January 16, 2013

    • Susan K.

      Is there the ability to include all those on the waiting list for this Sunday???

      January 16, 2013

    • Katie

      Unfortunately there is limited space

      January 16, 2013

  • Andrea

    Unfortunately, we don't have enough time to move the meeting this week, but the organizers have been looking into larger venues for the future. I upped the list to 20 people so that we could get more folks in, and if we have too many people for a comfortable group discussion, I will be prepared with ways to split the group and have simultaneous discussions.

    January 16, 2013

  • Jean S.

    A suggestion - Is there a way to arrange a back-up room at the Ethical Society when there is a topic with a great deal of interest? If everyone pitches in $2 there should be money to pay for the room. But, we also don't want to lose our spot at Capriccio's.

    1 · January 16, 2013

    • Katie

      Unfortunately reserving a space at the ethical society has to be done far in advance and the costs are substantial. We are constantly looking for a larger meeting area but I should note that when the group is too large (over 15) the discussion is very difficult and members do not get as much out of the discussion. We appreciate member input as we try to improve these meetings. I echo Andrea's previous comments that if you cannot attend this discussion please change your RSVP to allow for others to attend.

      January 16, 2013

  • Amy

    I really want to be part of this discussion - but am
    On the waiting list. Any chance it can be moved to a larger space?

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Andrea

    On Sunday, we are going to be focusing more on the psychological/attitudinal aspects of time, but there is a great topic coming up on February 17th that will look at more of the scientific components, so folks who cannot make it to this one (or who are more interested in a science-based discussion), please watch for when the list opens for the meeting on 2/17.

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Jean S.

    Time warp - A hand on a hot stove, 5 seconds seems like 5 minutes. Sex - 5 minutes seems like 5 seconds. In parallel with the old-fashioned orange squeezer, I try to squeeze every drop out of every minute. If I have an extra 10 minutes, I try to squeeze 15 minutes into 10...... I really hope that a bunch of you cancel so that I can get a seat at the table!

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • Andrea

    What is your "Time Perspective?" Take a survey here: http://www.thetimeparadox.com/zimbardo-time-perspective-inventory/

    January 14, 2013

  • Brian

    Any comments on the youtubes?

    January 13, 2013

  • Andrea

    Hi folks, I'm excited about the interest in this topic and look forward to a great Meetup! If you are on the list and realize that you cannot make it on Sunday, please change your RSVP on the site so that someone on the waiting list has the opportunity to attend. Thanks for your cooperation with this!

    January 13, 2013

  • Jean S.

    It this event on the 20th or 27th? Thanks...

    January 9, 2013

  • Anthony

    im excited for this!

    January 7, 2013

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