Unidentified Woman: It felt, it felt like - time was stopped.Another case of multiple selves. See the next post, where we come to understand that the experiencing self is not the remembering self.
ABUMRAD: So how do you explain that? Like times not slowing in the moment but seems to be slowing after the moment?
Mr. EAGLEMAN: Well, I came to understand that its a trick of memory. Normally our memories are like sieves. Were not writing down most of whats passing through our system.
ABUMRAD: But he thinks that when you go...
ABUMRAD: You know, life or death moment.
APRIL: Oh my God!
ABUMRAD: In that instant, our memories go wide open.
Mr. EAGLEMAN: Because thats what memory is for. Its for when everything hits the fan. You want to write it down and remember it.
ABUMRAD: So all of it goes right to your hard drive - the clouds, the feeling of the air. Oh look, theres a guy in a blue shirt.
Mr. EAGLEMAN: So when you read that back out, the experience feels like it must have taken a very long time.
Mr. EAGLEMAN: It must have.
KRULWICH: Normally the trivial stuff gets dumped but in this situation it gets written.
ABUMRAD: And then you realize how much trivial stuff is in there.
INSKEEP: Which makes you wonder, Robert and Jad, how we'd feel if we remembered all that stuff all the time.
KRULWICH: You'd be totally consumed by memories. You'd...
Does time slow down when you are in mortal danger?
NPR had an interesting story today on this topic. Here's an excerpt:
Posted by Ernie Bornheimer