So. Is it "time" that slows down or speeds up, or is it the perception
of time? :-) I think we all agree it`s the perception of time.
Cool experiment, done on the Discovery channel I think, involved a
demolition of a building and various living things. There was a snail,
a fly, a bird, and maybe one other.
The fly had the fastest perception of time, and was able to run away
(that flight-fight response Eli mentioned) at the first perception of a
change in light. The snail`s perception of time is so dulled down, it
didn`t even notice the explosion or resulting shockwave. The shell
protected it, and had it been crushed, it had no perception of life and
death and wouldn`t know it died.
Now consider a sci-fi story about a shrinking man. At one point, he
shrinks out of this universe into a new one, below the atomic level of
our universe. At first he`s the same size as the new universe and can`t
perceive anything. As he gets smalller, he notices sparkling lights
with blazing trails of light spinning around.
The smaller he gets, the more he notices that some of the lights are
"suns," and the whizzing trails are planets. Every second of his
existence includes hundreds of revolutions of these trails. As planets,
each revolution constitutes 1 year.
Eventually, he ends up small enough to be understood as part of a
single solar system. At that point, the civilization sends out a space
exploration team. They try to contact him, but their words are so fast
he doesn`t notice. They slow down their communication to almost a dead
stop, in their perception, and he begins a dialog.
It seems the civilization has been aware of something "out in space,"
that`s existed for eons---countless thousands of years. They thought it
was a myth, but now, they realize "he" is real.
Time is an interpretation, forced by the structure of our brain and
mind. It`s "God`s way of making sure everything doesn`t happen all at
once." :-) But if you want to have it last longer, like it did when you
were a kid, learn to savor the moment. Improve your skill in
observation, detail, and "noticing things."
That....or smoke some fine Jamaican weed.