Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control it Hardcover – 2 Aug 2007
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'A fascinating inquiry ... Taylor's book is so absorbing that time will fly by as you read it.'
'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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
‘Raising some fasinating questions about the nature of time and answering them admirably, this book will grab your attention, befuddle you slightly and leave you feeling invigorated with a new perspective, if not thoroughly enlightened. Using both psychological and physical science Taylor explores these ideas in an entirely accessible and engaging way, leading the reader calmly through a tangle of theory and philosophy. Time you read it.’ (Crack)
‘In what is both a practical manual and a text-book of psychology, [Steve Taylor] illustrates that time itself is in some senses an illusion determined by circumstances such as our age, our boredom threshold, and our childlike eagerness for exciting things. It is possible to alter our perceptions in order to make time pass quickly or slowly, just as we wish, and Taylor shows how it can be done.’ (Good Book Guide)
‘A fascinating book completely worth reading.’ (Odyssey)
'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.' (Independent)
'A fascinating inquiry ... Taylor's book is so absorbing that time will fly by as you read it.' (Herald)
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For instance, the author says: "Anybody who approaches the evidence for precognition with an open mind will find it very difficult to dismiss" and goes on to list a number of (dubious) case studies which have resulted in successful precognition. However the author fails to mention than countless case studies in which failed to reach such conclusions. Cherry picking results like this is meaningless in scientific analysis. Referencing Stephen Hawking or Einstein does not make the conclusions any more convincing; in fact I found myself questioning the content of the entire book because of the dubious logic employed in the chapter "The Illusion of Time", which is a great pity.
Logical reasoning aside, the book does highlight the interesting concept of time flow, and demonstrates how to manipulate our own thoughts to control our sense of time. The precise way in which the author labels his conclusions is the saving feature. For that it's worth the money.
Read the last two chapters - the remainder can be dismissed.
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.Read more ›
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Maurice Nicoll's Living Time is the Earth shaking, going 12 rounds with materialism, book on time. Steve Taylor's book is still a nice read and Steve had a down to Earth writting... Read morePublished 14 months ago by a badly positioned hole near centre of chariot wheel
Who has time? Who has time? But then if we never take time, how can we have time?
- The Merovingian
You may read the title and say "control time perception? Read more
I got this book because I find as I am getting older time seems to be speeding up. I liked this book because I found it easy to read and it give me useful pointers on how it may... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2012 by MARGARET
I enjoyed reading this and found the language accessible. It is not in depth and scientific, but it does suggest reasons why time passes at different rates and how to be more in... Read morePublished on 9 July 2011 by cw1979
I bought this book as the subject of time interests me very much. I also enjoy reading stuff thats not overly brain draining so I really imagined this would fit the bill. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2011 by Ed
It took me about a week to reach page 64; it felt more like a month! Enough said! Create time for yourself - don't buy this book (I'm going to use my copy as a fire lighter).Published on 23 Dec. 2010 by MSC
I picked up this book of ebay after seeing it recommended to me by the Amazon ticker tape. I have to say it was a fanstastic read and it was difficult to put the book down once you... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2010 by IDG
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... Read morePublished on 25 July 2010 by dcjm
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! Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2010 by Rosey Lea