We're all praxeologists, so where's the neuroscience?Submitted by ptpete25 on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 20:19
I think given that most of our philosophies are based on a subset of psychology, we should more often explore the human brain in depth. When you think about it, the most complex organized structure in the entire universe is the human brain (that we know of), and we have one to play around with.
Here's a really cool article on the "mental stopwatch". How does the brain calculate short term time intervals? We know exactly how the brain processes the 24 hr circadian rhythm. In fact we know the brain structure involved, the genes involved, the proteins involved, and the retinal calibration of the 24 hr biological clock. But what about shorter time periods? Is there a specific structure involved, perhaps a loop? Or is it the combined networks of the sensory inputs that allow us to calculate time?
I've always found it interesting that I can correctly estimate the time of day or night, even if it's been a few hours since I've seen a clock.
We know from being alive that some moments appear to pass quicker than others. A minute with your hand on a hot stove will seem like an eternity, but a minute with an activity you enjoy will pass quicker than you will notice. What's the difference?
The answer, we don't have the slightest clue. However, here are a few good ideas on the subject: