How to Get the Most Out of Time

August 22, 2014 4:17 PM

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Time is a tricky thing. There's never enough. Though physicists see it as a flexible commodity, no one's signing up for shuttles into time warps or worm holes any time soon. It will be a while before we can board a train for the Inauguration of King Henry VIII, for example, or attend a space concert in the 31st century. For now, the rules are rigid. Every moment, every day, every lifetime is packaged with a beginning, a middle, and an end in that order. No exceptions, though durations vary.

Time is so vexing, because we who dwell within it are timeless creatures. Our true nature is eternal. If you ever doubted this, consider that we are born utterly unaware of time; as children we fight it relentlessly; as adolescents we rail against it; and even as adults, we struggle to conform. Some...

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