. . . the linear construction of time is just faulty. Thus, when I wrote about the Weingarten article as a gedankenexperiment, I was referring to it as an excellent way to frame an argument about the inability to differentiate between high quality and low quality performances in lots of cases.

As an aside, Googling ‘nonlinear perception of time,’ returned what looks like an interesting article from a fascinating tome of conference proceedings.


But really, it would have to be high-flown indeed to be an excess of praise for someone with his list of projects. Did anyone catch Moyers’ documentary on the highly political nature of journalism last night? It sounds excellent. Let’s make a plan to watch it sometime soon, perhaps with a drinking game based on the number of times someone says “fradulent auspices,” or some such.

Case study 1: I look forward to a cold day at work. Living in 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent humidity all day, I find frost on the car after a night of stargazing, or to dropping in to the upper left hand corner of the windchill chart something of a relief. I get a lot of guff from co-workers for bringing a large duffel bag of winter clothes with me every time I go up to work, and when I offer them some, they usually reply that they’ll be okay, even though the worst chill they look dressed for is eating ice cream. The dichotomy continues as I add layers and lurk outside while they begin to shiver and stay inside longer and longer

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Washington Post (I’m not shilling, honestly–see, no link) orchestrated an experiment that examined the nature of perception, beauty, and altruism all at once. Or something. Don’t take my word for it, go read Gene Weinberger’s superlative article. I got the link from A&L Daily, who I will happily shill for.

I tell you honestly that I almost lost it while reading, down near the bottom of the column, about the amounts of money people gave. I think this is an excellent gedankenexperiment that far surpasses any example I’ve been able to come up with.