I know that time perception is perceived as a plight, but it’s incredibly useful. It’s important to understand why we perceive time in order to determine where it is useful and where it’s not.
One aspect of many models of consciousness is a process called “narratization.” Your brain is a storyteller. The protagonist is an analog you: your internal representation of yourself. The story explains your physical body’s actions and movements throughout life in terms of your internal representation of self. The spatial movement of your physical body is represented through time perception.
I think there needs to be a differentiation between conscious and unconscious thinking here.
Conscious thinking is defined by the use of conscious features: the analog I, the internal mind space, and the inner voice that we all know of. It’s a very good tool for framing a complex problem.
I love taking ideas to their logical extremes. Unnoticeable problems become comparatively enormous problems whenever you zoom in on something. Through this technique you can determine inaccurate presuppositions of ideas.
One of my favorite new applications of this technique was in the controversial “Quiet: We Live in Public” experiment conducted by Josh Harris, an odd, prophetic dot-com millionaire. The experiment placed 100 artists in an underground lair with webcams recording their every move (and everyone could tune into any webcam they chose through a TV in their sleeping quarters).