ENTERPRISE: "Vanishing Point"

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May 29, 2003, 2:29:28 AM5/29/03
In rec.arts.startrek.tech CaptJosh <capt...@phantos.subspacelink.com> wrote:

: Preposterous. I've dreamed entire days of my life before they ever happened.

Errr.... right.... whatever....

: And you aren't in REM sleep the whole time you sleep, so it dreams can't
: possibly be in real time

Perhaps the original poster meant that the actual actions and events in
dreams seem to play out in real time, although dreams can also contain
events that are separated by time that is implied though not actually
experienced. (In the same way that a film might cut to a new scene
captioned "Three Months Later").

There's some suggestion now that a different kind of dream may take place
outside REM sleep, and these dreams may actually take place at an
accelerated rate.

: (assuming that there is such a thing as real time).

So, what exactly are you smoking today???


May 29, 2003, 6:40:16 AM5/29/03

I'm not smoking anything at all, smartass. I'm just saying that given the
fact that time's passage appears to vary in our own perceptions, and that
its passage really does change at relativistic speeds, how can we possibly
claim the existence of so-called "real time"? Clearly, time is not a
constant. At least not for human beings.


Cory C. Albrecht

May 29, 2003, 1:06:35 PM5/29/03

Well, we have the phrase "time flies while you're having fun" and so
forth. And according to the science news show I watch almost everyday,
it has been verified that time is not comnstant, at least not
psychologically in human perceptions.

Ever pop something into the microwave and then continue on busily making
supper? At some point you look at the microwave to see how soon it will
finish and it seems stuck at that one second for forever and when it
finally does change you are sure that it was way longer than one second.
Or it could be a sports event and you switch your attention from the
field to the timer and that same "more than one second" second happens.

It happens when we are concentrating on a task and then switch our
attention to a counter/timer or a light that is flashing or some other
event taht recurs at at short, regular intervals. It's like our mind was
running at high revs while concentrating in order to be able to process
all the information ASAP, but it takes wee bit to slow down to the lower
level needed to watch a simple timer.

Go and rate all 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
Cory C. Albrecht

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