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Grayling’s little question

By AC Grayling   March 2007

What is time? Saint Augustine famously remarked that if someone asked to meet him at a certain time, he would have no problem, but if asked what time is, he would be stumped. Part of the puzzle about the nature of time arises from the fact that subjective experience of time is so various: it can pass in a flash for one of a pair of people watching and enjoying a film, yet drag painfully for the other because the film bores him. If time were an objective thing, how could perceptions of it vary so dramatically?

Differences in perceptions…

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