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When am I?

December 18, 2011

While exploring further who I am exactly, I stumbled upon the question: “When am I?”. I find it a really interesting question, and really easy to answer: I’m in “the now”.
That could have been the end of this post, and maybe it should have been, because further investigation led to too many questions to answer in the timespan that I allow myself to write this post (so my “blogging self” is from now to in half an hour). For instance, if I ask myself “When am I doing it?”, or more interestingly “When am I thinking?”, things get a little bit more interesting.
When I’m doing or thinking something, am I really in the now? Or is my mind wandering off into either the past or the future? And what am I basing my decisions on? On my “current self” or on my “past self” (See also my later post “How to solve life’s puzzles? Understand your time perspective!“)?

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In the video below, Kahneman shares his view on what he called “remembering self” and “experiencing self”. Watch!

Some quotes I have to do some more thinking on:

  • Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans, John Lennon
  • Time is nature’s way of preventing everything happening at once, John Archibald Wheeler (American theoretical physicist)
  • Time flies when you’re having fun
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