noise and signals

The crystal raindrops fall, and the beauty of it all


The experiment was extreme, certainly, but the neuroscientist behind the study, David Eagleman at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, is no Dr Strangelove. When we look back at scary situations, they often seem to have occurred in slow motion. Eagleman wanted to know whether the brain’s clock actually accelerates - making external events appear abnormally slow in comparison with the brain’s workings - or whether the slo-mo is just an artefact of our memory.

It’s just one of many mysteries concerning how we experience time that we are only now beginning to crack. “Time,” says Eagleman, “is much weirder than we think it is.”

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Another notable difference between sight and hearing concerns space. One of the most striking aspects of visual experience is its rich spatial content. We speak of a visual field, a panorama populated in detail with colours and shapes. In contrast, the notion of an auditory panorama is more foreign. Perhaps time is to audition what space is to vision.

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