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2/1/11 Circles and Lines We all know that time is immaterial--a concept not a material thing that one can see, feel, smell, taste, or touch. And yet we speak about time as if it were something physical. We talk about the forward movement of time and we draw time lines--representations of time as events related linearly. And so, we naturally assume that all peoples everywhere conceptualize time in the same way and draw their timelines going from left to right to represent earlier and later.
Today is 1/1/11-- New Years Day. Most people begin the New Year by making resolutions. And the most common resolutions are to lose weight, get to the gym more often, or...sometimes the resolve to be kinder. Oliver Sachs, Op Ed contributor to the New York Times has a wonderful editorial in today's paper on changing your mind instead. Since Olive Sachs happens to be a neurologist, he explains that the mind really is the brain and the brain really is changeable.