A 5-episode probe of our complex relationship with time – from how we think and talk about it, to how we experience it. Separating scientific truth from social construction to understand what it truly means to live with time.
“Time” is the most frequently used noun in the English language. But what are we actually talking about when we talk about time? This episode looks at time representations and referencing systems used by different cultures, to explore how far language can shape how we think about time.
Time is seen as part of the fundamental grammar of the world. Yet there is little evidence proving it actually exists. With the help of quantum physicist Carlo Rovelli, this episode seeks to mop up some of the biggest misconceptions surrounding time — exploring the theories and hypotheses shaping our current scientific understanding of it.
Since we can’t prove that time physically exists, it must live somewhere inside the human mind. With the help of neuropsychologist Marc Wittmann, this episode takes a closer look at subjective time — the time we ‘feel’ — to see how our brains create our sense of time, and why it’s constantly speeding up and slowing down.
Time isn’t just lived in the brain; it’s stamped into the very cells of our being. This episode explores how bodily clocks, illness and age all impact how we experience time – and how social time inventions, like daylight saving, can clash with our highly individual biological time.
Although time may not materially exist, most of us still measure it out using clocks and calendars. From the creation of days to the atomic clock, this episode is all about how the abstract concept of time became a countable “reality” — and why metric time worked its way to the heart of Western society.