Friday, August 27, 2010

"The Power of Time"

I'm very intrigued by this video "The Power of Time" by Philip Zimbaro, and I've thought about it a lot in the past couple of months since my brother Chris sent it to me. It's 10 minutes long, but it's really very engaging. I like the way Zimbaro bridges the gap between politics, religion, educational systems, and nations and gives us all the same safe, universal idea to discuss conflict and policy: TIME.

This is what I've been thinking about:

*Philip Zimbaro talks about how we all live within 6 time zones and that our conflicts with others deal primarily with the differences of these time perspectives.

*Shared time perspectives characterize nations, religions, and individuals.

*He references The Geography of Time by Robert Levine that talks about the "pace of life" and how that can characterize the pace of individuals, cities, and countries as well.

*All of this points to a disaster recipe for boys in America (they live in a world they create and school and analogue classrooms are important not only socially, but teach them to be future-oriented (which is important to delay gratification and change hedonistic behavior--because we all start out as hedonistic, present-oriented infants)

*Knowledge doesn't change behavior when you're present-oriented.

*Kids are different than we are. This is a REVOLUTION IN TIME!

*Everyone's busy and we sacrifice friends, family, and sleep for "success." And if we had an extra day, we would work more. Awesome.


  1. I loved this post. Thank you for sharing. Now i know what my next book to read will be. I enjoy your blog. A lot.

  2. actually, it was me, celeste that posted the above. i don't understand why my husband's name came up. i'll figure that out later. i just needed you to know it was me, not John! :)

  3. Thank you for passing this on. Really interesting topic and I loved the way it was presented. Very cool.

  4. That is a fascinating clip--really interesting research and animation. Thanks, Lisa.

  5. Brilliant.

    Now...what to do about it? Hm, if only I wasn't SO BUSY.

  6. Incredible clip. The bit about the watch was almost disturbing. Single use device, wow. I've never looked at it that way. So interesting. Makes me worried about my nephews.

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    God Bless You ~Ron

  8. Wonderful video! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to be thinking about this all day.

  9. Thanks for posting this-it's great! BTW,
    if you or anyone else is interested, has a video of the full talk (no cartoons, unfortunately).