Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"How Animals Perceive Time" (short)

SciShow explains, “For Some Animals, Time Moves in Slow Motion” (in video “How Animals Perceive Time”).
Generally, smaller animals with faster metabolisms may perceive more new information, which makes time seem to pass more slowly.  Cats perceive time as passing more slowly than us, where as dogs may be slightly faster (which doesn’t help if you don’t live as long).   (Once, a stray cat came by my apartment in Dallas every few days to check up on me, like I was his, but to him he had been away for a while.)
Athletes say time may slow down, giving them more time to see a baseball when batting.  That may be a genetic mutation which benefits people who turn out to be athletes. This may be particularly true for a high-average hitter in baseball (Anthony Rendon) compared to a tape-measure home run slugger (Bryce Harper).

It might be true, for example, for concert pianists. Or for computer programmers who can code very fast in terminal mode.

Flying insects may pass time very slowly, which makes it very hard to swat them.

Time seems to pass more slowly for children than adults, but that is partly because they have less prior experience to compare the present to, a variation of relativity.
It sounds plausible that as someone dies, time slows down, creating a sense of immortality (just as when you are a child, you feel you have existed always and have no sense of when you began).
Time passes more quickly in lucid dreams, especially nightmares.  An erotic dream of contact with someone one wants may seem to pass time in a normal aspect, and the dreamer may sense some control of the experience.

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