Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Time has Nothing to do With You

Lewis Mumford was an American historian and philosopher of technology and science- he wrote this in 1934: “The clock… is a piece of power-machinery whose ‘product’ is seconds and minutes: by its essential nature it dissociated time from human events and helped create the belief in an independent world of mathematically measurable sequence: the special world of science.”

3 comments:

pedro said...

Very true. And then Al Gore had to go and invent the damn internet.

I was just re-listening to a conversation between Krista Tippett and Irish poet John O'Donohue. O'Donohue speaks for a bit on our relationship to time, coming of course from a Celtic sensibility. This is one of my favorite conversations on Speaking of Faith.

elnellis said...

sweet, i love that show, i'll have to check it out.
thanks pedro

Aaron said...

Right now I'm reading "Better Off"... an MIT graduate's account of his 18-month experiment living in an Amish community... he wrote about asking his Amish neighbour what time it was, to which his neighbour replied, "Fast time? Or slow time?" By fast time he meant the constructed, mechanical, 'product' that dictates the direction of most people's days. By slow time he meant the natural rhythm of the day moved by the natural cues and flow of the natural world, (i.e., the sun, etc).

interesting concept.