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The Realities of ‘Reality’ – Part III: Impacts of Speed and Time Optimization on Reality

By Dufour, Fritz

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Title: The Realities of ‘Reality’ – Part III: Impacts of Speed and Time Optimization on Reality  
Author: Dufour, Fritz
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Philosophy, Philosophy of Science
Collections: Authors Community, Philosophy
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Publication Date:
2019
Publisher: Fritz Dufour
Member Page: Fritz Dufour

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The main theme of this book is the impacts of speed and time optimization on reality, or more precisely on our modern society. But first, it sets the background by exploring the physics behind the concepts of speed and time, how they came about, how we became aware of them, and how did the new world of speed emerge, and why does it seem to be inescapable? It explores the speed of light and the speed of sound by linking them to our environment. It introduces the notion of Arrow of time or entropy, which grows from the past to the present, is expected to keep growing in the future, and hypothesizes that this is perhaps why our craving for speed and time optimization is here to stay with no end in sight. An important point discussed is that because of memories and experiences, people may choose to live either in the past, present, or future, which leads to the notions of presentism and eternalism. The book argues that while for presentists only the present is real, for eternalists both the past, present, and future are equally real. The book makes the case about speed and time optimization as a legacy of modernity by laying out the differences between modernism, modernization, and modernity itself. It shows how modernity is all about the now or the present, rather than the past and, how, as such, it’s all about the new. So then, the changes that are now happening in our modern world can be traced back to a segment of history that dates back to the beginning of modernity, that is, which began with the Protestant Reformation and, is now rapidly approaching closure in the world of today’s extreme finance. It argues about the technological implications of speed and time in the 21st century. It shows how technology has become an integral part of human existence and that it is inconceivable one can even think of escaping it. This Part III of the series shows the link between high-speed trading and faster connectivity and faster computers. It shows how, thanks to the Internet, information became freely accessible and is spreading faster and faster. It shows how supercomputers not only allow people to address the biggest and most complex problems, they also allow people to solve problems faster, even those that could fit on servers or clusters of PCs. This rapid time to solution is critical in some aspects of emergency preparedness and national defense, where the solutions produced are only valuable if they can be acted on in a timely manner. Finally, the social and psychological implications of speed and time in the 21st century are also addressed by considering the upside and the downside of moving fast, meaning leading a fast-paced life. The argument presented in the book is based on the analysis and the importance of stress in our daily lives and also explains the notion of chronobiology. Our biological clocks drive our circadian rhythms. An interesting point is that blind people may not perceive time the same way as the non-blind. Furthermore, the book shows how we perceive time differently as we age compared to when we were young. It also makes the case for the perception of time in dreams and in real life. Speed and time optimization may be deceiving, according to this Part III of the series. This can be proven by questions such as, (1) Is going over the speed limit really worth it? and (2) Is the saying “Slow down to go faster” a paradox?

Summary
The main theme of this book is the impacts of speed and time optimization on reality, or more precisely on our modern society. But first, it sets the background by exploring the physics behind the concepts of speed and time, how they came about, how we became aware of them, and how did the new world of speed emerge, and why does it seem to be inescapable? It explores the speed of light and the speed of sound by linking them to our environment. It introduces the notion of Arrow of time or entropy, which grows from the past to the present, is expected to keep growing in the future, and hypothesizes that this is perhaps why our craving for speed and time optimization is here to stay with no end in sight. An important point discussed is that because of memories and experiences, people may choose to live either in the past, present, or future, which leads to the notions of presentism and eternalism. The book argues that while for presentists only the present is real, for eternalists both the past, present, and future are equally real. The book makes the case about speed and time optimization as a legacy of modernity by laying out the differences between modernism, modernization, and modernity itself. It shows how modernity is all about the now or the present, rather than the past and, how, as such, it’s all about the new. So then, the changes that are now happening in our modern world can be traced back to a segment of history that dates back to the beginning of modernity, that is, which began with the Protestant Reformation and, is now rapidly approaching closure in the world of today’s extreme finance. It argues about the technological implications of speed and time in the 21st century. It shows how technology has become an integral part of human existence and that it is inconceivable one can even think of escaping it. This Part III of the series shows the link between high-speed trading and faster connectivity and faster computers. It shows how, thanks to the Internet, information became freely accessible and is spreading faster and faster. It shows how supercomputers not only allow people to address the biggest and most complex problems, they also allow people to solve problems faster, even those that could fit on servers or clusters of PCs. This rapid time to solution is critical in some aspects of emergency preparedness and national defense, where the solutions produced are only valuable if they can be acted on in a timely manner. Finally, the social and psychological implications of speed and time in the 21st century are also addressed by considering the upside and the downside of moving fast, meaning leading a fast-paced life. The argument presented in the book is based on the analysis and the importance of stress in our daily lives and also explains the notion of chronobiology. Our biological clocks drive our circadian rhythms. An interesting point is that blind people may not perceive time the same way as the non-blind. Furthermore, the book shows how we perceive time differently as we age compared to when we were young. It also makes the case for the perception of time in dreams and in real life. Speed and time optimization may be deceiving, according to this Part III of the series. This can be proven by questions such as, (1) Is going over the speed limit really worth it? and (2) Is the saying “Slow down to go faster” a paradox?

Excerpt
Speed and Time. These two notions are changing our world and our reality, and we all are the instigators. We all have a part to play in that transformation. There is no escaping it. We have to be prepared. However, the problem is, it is a change, and, by nature, we are resistant to change. But change, especially in relation to speed and time is not to be overlooked. Rushing to save time. Is that true? One would think that a fast-paced lifestyle would lead to more time available. This is far from being the case. Time has become a luxury in our modern world. Lack of time affects almost everybody and every family. Research has found that people with high incomes feel particularly short on time. We live in an ever-accelerating world: faster computers, markets, food, fashion, product cycles, minds, bodies, kids, lives. When did everything start moving so fast? Why does speed seem so inevitable? Is faster always better? Speed is fascinating, but why are humans fascinated with speed? Today, we are integrating machines more and more into our ways of life. We feel more and more comfortable to let machines think and act for us. However, speed and time optimization are necessary for the mechanism of our evolution. Speed and time optimization are linked to modernity. The dynamics of speed and time in our society is something we inherited from past generations. Technology and industrialization play an important role in the way we socially approach time. How do you know what you’re doing is a good use of your time? Does this task really need to be done? What causes you to waste time? What do you want to do more with more time? What do you want to spend less time doing? How do you manage your time and prioritize tasks? Is proper time management increase your productivity? What if time was an illusion? The answers to these questions, of course, will vary from one person to the next. The evolution and the progressive increase of Speed and Time and its impacts on our modern world gives rise to two categories of observers: the proponents of the idea that we should keep moving faster and faster and the opponents or those who think we should, instead, slow down. In that regard, this book shows the various benefits of speed and time and also their disadvantages. Then, it brings an answer to the question, Is there a happy medium between the two views?

Table of Contents
Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………………………………….... 3 Prologue.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….....4 CHAPTER ONE: Philosophy of Speed.………………………………........................................................................14 The Speed of Light…………………………….…….......................................................17 The Speed of Sound……………………………………………………..........................25 CHAPTER TWO: Philosophy of Time...………………………………………...…………………….......................31 Synopsis…………………..………………………………………….............................32 Really, What Do the Past, Present, Future, and Spacetime Entail?...................................33 CHAPTER THREE: Speed and Time Optimization As Legacy of Modernity….….…………………………………57 CHAPTER FOUR: Technological Implications of Speed and Time Optimization in the 21st Century…...….………85 Getting There First Thanks to Boats, the Human Body, Bicycles, and Automobiles ....87 Timely Deliveries in Courier Services…………………...…………………….............97 Avoiding Flight or Airport Delays................................................................................102 High-Speed Financial Stock Trading……………….………………………………...106 Faster Connectivity and Faster Computers………...……………................................111 CHAPTER FIVE: Social Implications of Speed and Time Optimization in the 21st Century.…..…………………...128 Cultural Time…………………………………………………………………………130 The Upside of Moving Fast…………………………………………………...............135 Thinking and Moving Fast May Save Lives in Emergency Situations..…………135 Value of Speed and Time in Our Personal Lives..……………………………….142 Value of Speed and Time in Business…………………………………………...145 The Downside of Moving Fast……………………………………………………….149 CHAPTER SIX: Psychological Implications of Speed and Time Optimization in the 21st Century..…..……………156 How Do We Biologically and Psychologically Perceive Time?……………………..160 Aging and Perception of Time…………………………………………………...171 Dreaming, Coma, and Perception of Time……………………………………….178 CHAPTER SEVEN: Food for Thoughts...………..…………………………………………………………………183 Is Going Over The Speed Limit Really Worth It?.......................................................184 Is The Saying “Slow Down To Go Faster” a Paradox?.................................................187 Epilogue……..………………………………………………………………………………………………………190 Bibliography and Further Reading…………………………………………………………………………………..201 By the Same Author…………………………………………………………………………….................................223

 

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