This talk by Dr. Steve Taylor forms part of our What does it mean to be human – fringe events.
Sometimes it seems as if life is passing us by. We never seem to have enough time – yet some would say time is a human construct and isn’t even real in the first place.
Dr. Steve Taylor will suggest that we don’t need to feel oppressed by time; it is possible for us to slow down time in our lives, and even to transcend time altogether.
We don’t have to be at the mercy of time, because we can control it. Many of us try to make sure we can live for as long as possible by eating good food and exercising, which is sensible. But it’s also possible for us to extend our lives by increasing the amount of time we experience.
In this talk, Steve will speak about how linear time is an illusion, created by our thoughts. The future and the past don’t exist in reality, just in our heads. Drawing on his best-selling book Making Time: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and how to Control it – Dr. Taylor will explain that our perception of the speed of time is largely determined by how many impressions and perceptions our minds take in – the more impressions, the slower time goes. We can therefore slow down our perception of time by exposing ourselves to as many new experiences as possible, by travelling to new places, giving ourselves new challenges, meeting new people, and exposing our minds to new information, hobbies and skills, and so on.
After his talk, Steve will have his book on the subject available for purchase.
How to Slow Down Time - Dr. Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. Steve’s background is in Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology. His book Making Time details his ideas and research on time perception; Out of the Darkness details his research on the transformational after-effects of facing turmoil and trauma. Other books include The Fall, Waking From Sleep and Back to Sanity.
Steve’s articles and essays have been published in over 40 academic journals, magazines and newspapers. He regularly gives talks and takes parts in debates, having featured widely in the media in the UK, including The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, on BBC Breakfast, BBC World TV, Radio 4 and 5, and in The Guardian and The Independent. Steve’s website is www.stevenmtaylor.com.