Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

The Secret Powers of Time

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In this video animation, Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

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  1. #1 Tabor
    July 20, 2010

    Fascinating and even more so for those of us who have grandchildren and will have to understand them in the decades to come.

  2. #2 Paul
    July 20, 2010

    My ex-wife’s whole family is 100% Sicilian descent. Now I finally understand! 🙂

  3. #3 Maureen
    July 20, 2010

    Amazing insights! It seems possible that throughout our lives as individuals we can go from being present/hedonistic to future oriented to past positive/negative, depending on the situations or locations we find ourselves in. Lots of food for thought…thanks!

  4. #4 Ted Hoppe
    July 21, 2010

    I especially liked the way the drawings impact the listener, very clever.
    This talk touches on so many fine point but in particular the need for the educational system in the US to start to use immersive virtual worlds (gaming technology) as a way of reaching the children that are dropping out, not only school, but society. However the hope that this will happen is slim. In the US eduction is a religion that resists change.
    Another talk I recently heard, by a fellow named Leadbeater. discussed how the developing worlds will be where innovation in education will come from, for several reasons; they cannot afford traditional western systems, and the cost of technology will continue to down. Cell phones, and small computers will become learning devices in poorer countries that like schools and teachers. This innovations will drive the change in the western systems, albeit only after we lose a generation of children.

  5. #5 Rob
    July 25, 2010

    Fascinating talk. My one question is that I tried to track down the USA Today study that Dr. Zimbardo mentions. I was only able to find a sidebar to an article dated 8/5/08 that displayed some stats from an “online poll at” They seem to quote some of the stats that Dr. Zimbardo references, but an online poll doesn’t strike me as statistically rigorous. Perhaps there is another piece of research that I couldn’t find?

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