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The man who saw time freeze:


The man who saw time freeze:

It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked up at the shower head, and it was as if the water droplets had stopped in mid-air”, he says. “They came into hard focus rapidly, over the course of a few seconds”. Where you’d normally perceive the streams as more of a blur of movement, he could see each one hanging in front of him, distorted by the pressure of the air rushing past. The effect, he recalls, was very similar to the way the bullets travelled in the Matrix movies. “It was like a high-speed film, slowed down.”

The next day, Baker went to hospital, where doctors found that he had suffered an aneurysm. The experience was soon overshadowed by the more immediate threat to his health, but in a follow-up appointment, he happened to mention what happened to his neurologist, Fred Ovsiew at Northwestern University in Chicago, who was struck by the vivid descriptions. “He was a very bright guy, and very eloquent” says Ovsiew.

It’s easy to assume that time flows at the same rate for everybody, but experiences like Baker’s show that our continuous stream of consciousness is a fragile illusion, stitched together by the brain’s clever editing. By studying what happens during such extreme events, researchers are revealing how and why the brain plays these temporal tricks – and in some circumstances, they suggest, all of us can experience time warping.

Although Baker is perhaps the most dramatic case, a smattering of strikingly similar accounts can be found, intermittently, in medical literature. There are reports of time speeding up – so called “zeitraffer” phenomenon – and also more fragmentary experiences called “akinetopsia”, in which motion momentarily stops. For instance, travelling home one day, one 61-year-old woman reported that the movement of the closing train doors, and fellow passengers, was in slow motion and “broken up”, as if in “freeze frames”. A 58-year-old Japanese man, meanwhile, seemed to be experiencing life like a badly dubbed movie; in conversation, he found that although others’ voices sounded normal, they were out of sync with their faces. There may be many more unreported cases, says Ovsiew. “Since it’s a transient phenomenon, it could often be overlooked.”

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{ It seems hard to fathom what is real and what seems real because out brain tells us so. Do we all conceive time the same because its a fact or is it just our brains trying to make sense of what is around us. When our brains malfunction do we get a glimpse of a real reality rather than one our brains have constructed? Have our brains evolve to the point where we all live in a matrix of deception that has become universal for our species?

Do other animals perceive "reality" different than we do. Sometimes house cats will just stare at you for the longest time. What do they see? What are they looking at with such interest and concentration? Is it the same thing we see when we look in the mirror or do we look different to the cat than we do to our selves?

The eye is one of natures most outstanding creations but any magician will tell you that of all our senses sight is the easiest to fool. Police don't rely on "eye witness" reports because they know the eyes don't always record what really happened. Our brains influence what we see. Perhaps it also controls what we see?

Perhaps reality is like beauty and is in the eye of the perceiver. I read once that Australian aborigines believe that their dreams are reality and their awake time is not. What do you think of it all?}

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