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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; Original edition (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848310013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310018
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Taylor is the author of The Calm Center: Meditations and Reflections for Spiritual Awakening, published by Eckhart Tolle Editions (selected an introduced by Eckhart Tolle). He is also the author of The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Waking From Sleep and Back to Sanity. Ervin Laszlo has called Waking From Sleep 'the most enlightening book about enlightenment I have ever read.' Steve is a lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University. He was included (at no. 62) in Mind, Body,Spirit magazine's 2015 list of the '100 most spiritually influential living people.'For more information http://www.stevenmtaylor.com/

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'A fascinating inquiry ... Taylor's book is so absorbing that time will fly by as you read it.'
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'Provocative and freewheeling, wilfully unscientific without ever dabbling in pseudoscience, this book will really start you thinking about how you can try to be free.' -- The Independent, July 08

'Provocative and freewheeling... this book will really start you thinking about how you can try to be free.' -- The Independent, July 2008

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'Provocative and freewheeling, wilfully unscientific without ever dabbling in pseudoscience, this book will really start you thinking about how you can try to be free.'

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158 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Howie on 4 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I did read this book very quickly but it felt like very little time passed while I was reading and now I understand why. As the book points out, absorption makes our experience of time seem to contract. While I was reading I recognised so many experiences from my own life and found myself continually in agreement. The author puts forward a very coherent theory which explains the different perceptions of time we experience in a variety of situations. As such it is extremely thought-provoking and plausible. Later the theories becomes more speculative but still plausible and stimulating, dealing with different states of consciousness and unusual experiences of time slowing down or disappearing. All the way through, even when dealing with quite complicated ideas the book is always very easy to read. You're carried along with the energy of the writing and the enthusiasm for ideas. At the end I feel inspired to try to live my live in a different way, making more time for new experience and trying to live in the present and appreciate each moment.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By M. Sullivan on 10 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I saw the author on BBC Breakfast whilst eating my cornflakes a couple of days ago. The issues he was talking about seemed interesting but accessible to a non-scientist, non-clever-person like me. And yes, it's a very enjoyable read. Simply laid out with each chapter taking you through to another level of how time can be stretched and shrunk depending on your perception and your circumstances. It's a simple idea well explained, illustrated with episodes from Mr Taylor's own life (as well as famous sports stars etc) that make the more clever-er concepts easier to understand. I'd recommend it. Weirdly, it made a train journey go extremely quickly. Which has to be a good thing!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rosey Lea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
This time perception book is written as a 'personal development' book, not a science book. It's very perky, anecdotal and full off "Hey, we all agree on that don't we!" kind of buddy-buddy writing.

The points made are standard stuff (break routines, use new experiences as time markers, engrossing yourself means loss of time senses etc), but there's very little research and evidence beyond the author's own anecdotes - in some cases he even admits they're 'friend-of-a-friend' stories. In short, the author's recommendations for experiencing time are to meditate and move to a different country regularly.

As a book about time perception, it'll do. But there are much better books out there with more facts and fewer personal judgements. For example Time: A User's Guide
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 17 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of fascinating insights into why we experience the world the way we do, and in particular the way we experience different perceptions of time. It's one of those books which makes you look at familiar things in a new and fresh light. In particular, I was impressed with the section on time in different cultures, that explains why many indigenous peoples don't have any concept of time or any past or future tenses. Oh to live in one of those timeless cultures! But the book does describe how we can become less focused on time, and even transcend it to some extent. A very absorbing and even life-changing book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a well written book on a very interesting (and neglected) topic.
I was largely convinced by his argument about the volume of new information being the key to time passing faster or slower. Although I have to say this doesn't appear to be a particularly startling idea to me, I'm pretty sure most people would have come to this conclusion themselves.

The book get on to dodgier ground where he treats pre-cognition and other psychic phenomena as scientific or proven, the whole area is awash with fakers and he definitely cherry picks the research.

Finally he basically says that the Buddhist techniques of mindfulness and meditation can alter your perception of time and generally improve your life, I won't argue here, I've tried meditation and it seems pretty useful in calming you down.

However the book is a pretty long run for a short slide, you could read the first couple of chapters and the last chapter without much in the way of loss of information. So worth a read, but take some of it with a pinch of salt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dcjm on 25 July 2010
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Sadly this book is not written with science in mind. Many of the ideas are 'common sense' (and that is mostly how they are justified as well), and the few 'original' ideas will be a little bit wacky for some. Without judging the views of the author too much, I would just point out that some of them will put certain people off this book. So, one of the key messages of the book is,

'The most important single thing we can do to expand and transcend our sense of time is to regularly meditate.'

I don't think it is unfair to suggest that the author argues that this and some of his other ideas to slow down time are more important for living a 'long' life than exercising and eating healthily. The arguments are often backed up by anecdotes. There is even one from David Icke.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By FAS on 14 July 2010
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I don't usually waste time writing reviews but felt necessary to do so with this book. And what do I have to say about it...wow! I have never come across a book which has been such a complete waste of time to read! And since this is a book about making time, you can see the irony of it. Some might be taken in by the author, as they may be able to relate to his examples. He'll say things like time seems to fly when you're having fun (i.e watching a good movie, playing video games, sports etc) and time seems to drag when you're bored (i.e doing work, chores etc). Obviously it doesn't take an Einstein to figure that out as you go through life but he'll say to the reader; well, have you noticed how time seems to drag when you're washing the dishes because it's so boring. Some readers will agree and think they're getting something useful from the book and those who are fairly intelligent will realise that this book does not teach you anything new.

He repeats the theme of time passes quickly when you are enjoying an activity (absorbed) and slows down when you are bored (not absorbed) throughout the whole book, in different sets of words which became quite annoying as I felt there was so much repitition of this point and other similar points. In some places the author even contradicts himmself, probably without realising. Let me give you an example from the last chapter of the book: "The idea of transforming ourselves in this way might seem far fetched, but in reality it's quite straightforward. At least, the principles are straightforward - actually putting the principles into practice requires a lot of self discipline and effort". Translated to me that says; it seems difficult but is quite straighforward but actually it is difficult.
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