Back Off Jack

Time moves at the same speed, whether or not you are boiling water, time only slows down when your rate of speed increases, but I am not here to explain Einstein’s time dilation theories.  Time may seem to move slower if you are in an accident, and you may get this same feeling if someone is looking over your shoulder waiting for you to finish a task, because of the way that your brain responds during a threatening or stressful situation.  If you keep checking the pot to see if your water has started to boil, it will seem to be taking forever, but if given enough heat and time your pot should eventually boil.  Since a higher altitude decreases atmospheric pressure, the boiling point of water decreases.  To compensate for the lower boiling point of water, the cooking time must be increased.  Turning up the heat will not help cook food faster.

The present never exists, as now is an illusion, because it takes time to decode information.  Things that you see appear to be instantaneous to you.  You might think that you are looking at something now, but in reality, you aren’t, because light travels at a finite speed, and it takes time for it to bounce from what you are looking at to get to your eye.  Anything that you look at is in the past, although it may only be about one nanosecond, or even one billionth of a second behind what you think is the present, it has already happened.  The farther away an object is, the longer its light takes to reach you, so you are looking further into the past.  Your brain integrates the different sources of visual information, and since the differences in arrival time are much smaller than what your eyes can discern and your brain can process, you don’t see a difference.  The “present” is the sum total of the sensorial input that we feel is happening “now” is nothing more than a convincing illusion.

Written for Fandango’s February Expressions FFE Daily Adage – A watched pot never boils.

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