Dec 29, 2009
Philosophical Phun - Time Perception :o)
In giving an account of the various aspects of time perception, we inevitably make use of concepts that we take to have an objective counterpart in the world: the past, temporal order, causation, change, the passage of time and so on. Later events cannot affect earlier ones, as a matter of mind-independent fact, and this is why we do not perceive the future, only the past.
And yet, as humans, we envision the future, strive to meet that vision, go down scratching and screaming when that vision starts to slip out of our grasp. Of course, there are also those who seem to live in the past, entrenched in what was, missing out on the possibilities of what could be. It is easy to see what has been, but takes a different kind of vision to see what can be. Are you a "What Was" or a "Will Be" person??? What better time of year to contemplate this than the dawn of a new one :o)
For the inspiration for this entry, go to the original Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.