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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  • provato says:

    a trea­sure! thanks

  • Amy Young says:

    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.

  • Lucy says:

    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.

  • Topho Man says:

    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:

  • gretchen DeAngelo says:

    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?

  • glenn says:

    i thought i was going to learn some­thing

  • Sunshine says:

    This was an awe­some video! I loved every sec­ond.

  • Roberto Bosio says:

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

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