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Futureproof Extra: Slowing Time In The Brain

They say, incorrectly that human beings have 5 senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste.  ...

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08.35 12 Nov 2019


Futureproof Extra: Slowing Time In The Brain



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08.35 12 Nov 2019


They say, incorrectly that human beings have 5 senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste. 

There’s Proprioception – knowing which parts of your body are where without looking. Equilibrioception – a sense of balance. This is what keeps us upright, and helps us make our way around without getting hurt. Chronoception - the ability to sense time passing is undoubtedly at least a 6th sense. 

None of the 5 senses can account for our ability to tell when a minute is up approximately. We could do it in a blacked out room, or at Disneyland. 

But, if you were asked to wait an hour in each of those situations though, chances are your guesses would be miles apart. 

Mikhail Lebedev’s - Senior Research Scientist at Duke University’s Center for Neuroengineering joins Jonathan to discuss our perception of time, machine/brain interfaces, and how we could theoretically slow down time in our brains so that we could live a year in the space of an hour.


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