"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time as a Vector of Biophysical Relativity

"In the far northern reaches of the Arctic, day versus night often doesn't mean a whole lot. During parts of the year, the sun does not set; at other times, it's just the opposite. A new study reported online on March 11th in Current Biology shows that Arctic reindeer have come up with a solution to living under those extreme conditions: They've abandoned use of the internal clock that drives the daily biological rhythms in other organisms."
In our human world, we adopt the principle of time as the counting of cycles and the counting of things as equivalent in an unconscious act. We don't stop to question whether the process is truthful with respect to the world around us because it is self evidently so. We have embedded within our biological brain a suprachiasmatic nucleus that operates as an internal 24 hour clock.  As the above research indicates, this clock may be biologically overridden in the circumstance that it is out of sync with the earth's own internal diurnal clock of alternation of day and night.

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