Aging and the Meaning of Time: A Multidisciplinary by Susan McFadden PhD, Robert Atchley PhD

By Susan McFadden PhD, Robert Atchley PhD

As we confront our personal mortality, we'd ask, ''What has my lengthy existence intended and the way have the years formed me?'' or ''How lengthy needs to I suffer?'' Such questions mirror time-consciousness, the point of interest of this vintage volume.

The authors, from assorted disciplines in gerontology, act as publications within the exploration of the nation-states of time in later existence and their meanings. As they research how the learn of time can provide new meanings to getting older, in addition they examine the non secular and religious questions raised whilst humans give some thought to the temporal obstacles of life.

This quantity honors Melvin Kimble's contributions to gerontology and represents a brand new course within the research of faith, spirituality, and aging.

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It is not that memories are fantasias but they are not rigorously reportage either. There is nothing wrong about that; the probity of memory may not depend on its fidelity but in its application. Memories are not unswerving and they do strange things to time. One cannot carbon-date memories to fix their chronology. Part of It's About Time 37 the muddle is that memories are what keep the past alive and through them continuities with current issues are created. There are distinctive psychological processes involving encoding, retention, and retrieval of either short- or long-term recall.

Over the course of the twentieth century instrumentation was invented that could track time or distance to within a scintilla of a unit of measurement. Cesium clocks (pulsing at 9 billion vibrations a second) made possible a new International Atomic Time that is broadcast continuously while celestial positioning locators, accurate to within a nanosecond, exemplified the kind of precision that settled over many aspects of life—at least within the postindustrialized world. THE CASCADE OF BIO-TIME Time also springs from within.

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