Everyone lives 80 milliseconds in the past

We think of ourselves as living and experiencing day-to-day life in the here and now. But in reality everything around us is 80 milliseconds in the future.

It turns out it is our conscious that’s holding us back.

Try this.

Stand up. Now at the exact same time, with your right hand touch your head and with your left hand bend down and touch your feet. You end up experiencing the two acts at the same time but even at the speed of light the signal traveling from your feet to your brain takes longer than the signal from your hand to your brain.

So why does it seem like we experience multiple events and actions at the same time?

Our conscious takes time to assemble information and the brain waits for all the relevant data before you experience the “now.” This lag time ends up being about 80 milliseconds.

Related articles
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time (presurfer.blogspot.com)
Why Some Seconds Seem to Last Forever
(wired.com)


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About Chris Hall
Hi, I'm Chris, also know as Daddy from the blog "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy." I am a stay-at-home dad who loves spending time with my son Jaydon. In my spare time I work evenings and weekends at the Charleston County Library. Be sure to check out our blog, "The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy."

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