Wednesday, June 09, 2010

The Relativity of Aging

An article in The Atlantic ponders how time seems to go more quickly as we get older.

Back when I was a kid I figured out my own theory.

Being nerdy, I had heard about special relativity, but only as slogans about time slowing down as speed increased.  This seemed humorously like aging.  When we are young we run around all the time and Summer Vacation seems to last forever because for the young time moves slowly!  Really old people are not actually moving more slowly: it just looks that way to us younger folk because we can't see that for them time is moving so much more quickly!

So the secret to eternal youth is to give everyone else a black hole for the holidays, right?

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