Yet, today, our sense of time is so much a part of our lives we hardly notice it's there.
While the other senses such as seeing, hearing etc. are widely studied, the sense of time, while crucial, does not get much attention.A deep-sea fish has probably no means of apprehending the existence of water; it is too uniformly immersed in it...Sir Oliver Lodge, British scientist
There are two reasons for this: the first is that like the deep-sea fish we are too immersed in time so we have few means of apprehending its existence; the second is that our experience with time is quite complicated, so it's hard to know where to start or what questions to ask.
"Time perception studies the sense of time, which differs from other senses since time cannot be directly perceived but must be reconstructed by the brain."
"Humans can perceive relatively short periods of time, in the order of milliseconds, and also durations that are a significant fraction of a lifetime. Human perception of duration is subjective and variable."In order to unravel time, as we experience it, we must separate the layers. I suggest the following is a good place to start:
THE THREE ASPECTS OF TIME
The rhythm of the duration of an event is an experience of our consciousness whose beginning and end is not determined by the clock but by its duration within our consciousness, and once there, it has no other dimensions and no other limits save the limits of the experience itself.
With each individual, personal time is stored in the brain. While there is much to be discovered about this process, one theory has it that each sense stores a memory of what was sensed, all of which is then somehow tied together as having happened at the same time. Yet the key point is that these memories are in the brain and can be accessed.
Each person must reconcile objective time, cultural time, and personal time to function in the society. Our sense of time is crucial as it tells us where we are on the time grid and it gives us our time bearings. Without it we would be propelled along life's journey without knowing where we are located or where we are headed.