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Escaping Time

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With each passing moment, each ticking of the clock, any instance, whether significant or not, comes and goes and can never be taken back. With this, each moment in our lives should be cherished and spent wisely for our days are numbered. However, how people use their time as well as their perception of time has changed drastically over the past century. Recently, it has come into question whether or not the rate at which changes in society has been increasing. Since the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries, mankind as a whole has gone farther than most people could have ever imagined. By looking back and evaluating the evolution of time’s impact on technology and culture as well as understanding how it is possible to be where we are, technologically, in the present time, there is no doubt that change is rapidly increasing. When this change will stop or slow however, is unknown. Julian Huxley believes that, whether he [man] wants to or not, whether he is conscious of what he is doing or not, he is in the point of fact determining the future direction of evolution on this earth (Huxley, 1957). It is possible that one day the direction of this evolution will lead to a human species transcendent of itself, something “transhuman”. If so, how this could affect the prominence and function of time within our culture could be immense.
Before the clock had become a more prominent device in society, time was measured in a multitude of ways, most commonly in relation to processes of the “working day”. Before a clock was used to convey us the time, the crowing of a rooster could indicate the beginning and ending of a day and the sundial could show the time of the day in accordance with the position of the sun. The notion of ...

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries has changed how people use their time and their perception of time. julian huxley believes that evolution will lead to a human species transcendent of itself.
  • Explains that the industrial revolution brought about a shift from time-orientation to timed labor.
  • Explains how technology has made work easier, and the average work week has gone from over 38 hours to under 34 hours in 2013. social networking sites are used by adults to stay in touch with a rapidly changing cultural shift.
  • Analyzes how e.m. forster's "the machine stops" is a prophecy of what our future could look like if we weren't careful.
  • Analyzes how the effects of hurricane sandy on our technology and communication efforts were catastrophic. people lost heat, light, and their ability to communicate with others outside their homes.
  • Opines that technology and the knowledge available to us can predict discoveries that will control our futures. the need for instant gratification and a constant want for the "next best thing" has become commonplace in society today.
  • Argues that eugenics is the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable, heritable characteristics.
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