The Secret Powers of Time

Philip Zimbardo, a longtime Stanford psychology professor, is perhaps most well known for the famous Stanford Prison Experiment conducted in 1971. But, more recently, he published a book called The Time Paradox (2008) that makes some pretty intriguing arguments about how our attitudes toward time, often unconscious ones, can strongly shape our personalities and the kind of lives we lead. The video above takes one of Zimbardo’s lectures about the Time Paradox and syncs it with some animated drawings. Great find by Yann. Feel free to send tips our way. Just click here.


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  1. provato says . . . | June 4, 2010 / 3:12 am

    a treasure! thanks

  2. Amy Young says . . . | June 4, 2010 / 6:42 am

    Intriguing. I certainly hope that we aren’t going to try to convert people to future-orientedness. Those people have their place, for sure, but I hate to think of an existence where everyone is like that.

    I’m not sure what the implications of the 6 time zones are for education. Children are by and large present hedonistic, and we can catch glimpses of the time zone that they will embrace in their maturity.

    I’m not sure how we got from 6 time zones to a need for a tech-based educational curriculum. I agree. I just missed the connection.

  3. Lucy says . . . | June 4, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    Thanks. This is interesting. I think my boyfriend is present-oriented whereas I’m maybe more future-oriented, and this explains some of our disagreements.

    I often think he’s being impatient, but then at the same time when he wants to get something done, he doesn’t stop until it’s done. He’ll go without sleep and food, whereas I like to just plans for how I’ll do stuff gradually, and everything stops for dinner so far as I’m concerned.

    He is a few years younger than me and has played a lot more video games.

  4. Topho Man says . . . | June 6, 2010 / 8:38 pm

    video itself highlights multiple intelligences. hearing the speaker and seeing the ideas come to life, really well made composition.
    i find the geography of time a fascinating concept, depending on where you live, you live at a certain pace -> this concept and its relationship between worker satisfaction is interesting as well.
    time is amazing:
    http://topho.net/blog/?p=172

  5. gretchen DeAngelo says . . . | July 20, 2010 / 12:08 pm

    So doesn’t it follow that people in the Artic circle would be present orientated thinkers and not future, similar to the equator, climate being the same…. Best part of the lecture/video, the digitizing of the younger mind. Worst part, summing up people based on their geography, what’s next the color of their skin?

  6. glenn says . . . | August 3, 2010 / 3:18 pm

    i thought i was going to learn something

  7. Sunshine says . . . | November 30, 2010 / 7:36 am

    This was an awesome video! I loved every second.

  8. Roberto Bosio says . . . | May 10, 2013 / 6:43 am

    It’s the real use of the net. Great!

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