Between the Beginning and the End

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We typically measure events in linear time as points along a continuum.

linear-time-1

We do not perceive “time” per se. Berkeley (along with much of cognitive psychology) describe our perception as a series of stimuli, (like photographs in the case of visual stimuli) which are then lined up, compared, and interpreted as a group along with previous stimuli which has the effect of motion. We don’t see motion, we see objects in progressively shifting locations and our minds interpret that as motion. Perceptually, the ‘flow’ of time is simply the way we order those pictures in our minds, or in other words, the measurement of movement. Or so the theory goes…

So in the case of the perception of individual events, perhaps it is a bit more accurate to measure individual events in times with two points.

linear-time-2 …with “time” falling in between.

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