About Time

About Time

A 5-episode probe of our complex relationship with time – from how we think and talk about it, to how we experience it. Separating scientific truth from social construction to understand what it truly means to live with time.... Show More

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October 22, 2019 31 min

Although time may not materially exist, most of us still measure it out using clocks and calendars. From the creation of days to the atomic clock, this episode explores how the abstract concept of time became a countable “reality” — and why metric time worked its way to the heart of Western society.

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1. Mapping calendrical time | 03:15

The countable time we use in our everyday life is a social construction. This ...

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September 19, 2019 19 min

Time isn’t just lived in the brain; it’s stamped into the very cells of our being. With insights from neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann, this episode explores how bodily clocks, illness and age all impact how we experience time. We'll see how social time inventions, like daylight saving, can clash with our highly individual biological time.

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1. What is biological time? | 02:50

We all have a silent clockwork ins...

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August 19, 2019 27 min

Since we can’t prove that time physically exists, it must live somewhere inside the human mind. With the help of neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann, this episode takes a closer look at subjective time — the time we ‘feel’ — to see how our brains create our sense of time, and why it’s constantly speeding up and slowing down.

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1. How we are able to perceive time | 02:30

Time processing plays a role in almost all aspect...

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July 23, 2019 21 min

Time is seen as part of the fundamental grammar of the world. Yet there is little evidence proving it actually exists. With the help of quantum physicist Carlo Rovelli, this episode seeks to mop up some of the biggest misconceptions surrounding time — exploring the theories and hypotheses shaping our current scientific understanding of it.

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1. Absolute Newtonian time | 03:00

We often think of time as a substance t...

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June 24, 2019 29 min

“Time” is the most frequently used noun in the English language. But what are we actually talking about when we talk about time? This episode looks at time representations and referencing systems used by different cultures, to explore how far language can shape how we think about time.

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1.The spatial language of time | 03:45

Many cultures use the graphical model of space to understand time, but there are some pr...

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