How Watches Have Shaped Our Perceptions of Time and Reality Time is one of the great fascinations in the history of human thought and endeavor. Philosophers, theologians, and scientists have long debated the meaning and significance of time as conceived by human beings. Some have argued that time can be understood objectively as a function of nature. Others have suggested that time is entirely subjective and cannot be understood apart from the cultural context in which it has been conceived. In this latter tradition, Emile Durkheim argued that space and time are nothing more than social constructs – that is, cognitive imprints influenced by the complex set of symbols that define our lives (Bruun 2006: 145). Using Durkheim’s theory as a...The end:
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