Your Brain Is A Time Machine

Your Brain Is A Time Machine

The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

Book - 2017
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"Time" is the most common noun in the English language yet philosophers and scientists don't agree about what time actually is or how to define it. Perhaps this is because the brain tells, represents and perceives time in multiple ways. Dean Buonomano investigates the relationship between the brain and time, looking at what time is, why it seems to speed up or slow down and whether our sense that time flows is an illusion. Buonomano presents his theory of how the brain tells time, and illuminates such concepts as free will, consciousness, space-time and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist. Drawing on physics, evolutionary biology and philosophy, he reveals that the brain's ultimate purpose may be to predict the future?and thus that your brain is a time machine.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393247947
Characteristics: 293 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 26, 2019

A lot of amazing information (we tell time in the future in a different way from time in the past), leading up to the long-term puzzles such as free will.

spl_merley Jun 28, 2018

As much as this book had me stretching my mind to understand the physics of time it also sparked wonder and awe at the miracle of our mind and our bodies. A good resource for exploring the theoretical, the philosophical and the different perspectives taken by different scientific fields.

Apr 04, 2018

Excellent book on the neurobiology of time: how the brain has evolved different ways to measure time, how the brain conceptializes time primarily in terms of space. Good discussion of how physicists and philosophers define time differently from neurobiologists and psychologists. Is only the present real? Are the past and future already determined? Is time itself an illusion or really something hard for us to comprehend like gravity?

May 20, 2017

Excellent read, fabulous content of science and philosophy. Seminal for sure.


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