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Unwinding the Clock: Ten Thoughts on Our Relationship to Time
     

Unwinding the Clock: Ten Thoughts on Our Relationship to Time

by Bodil Jonsson, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)
 

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Swedish physicist Bodil Jönsson has spent several decades thinking about the opportunities and problems facing human beings in modern times. From a scientific standpoint, we now lead longer lives than ever before, yet many of us feel that we don't have enough time to accomplish everything we want to do. Technological developments, such as high-speed travel,

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Swedish physicist Bodil Jönsson has spent several decades thinking about the opportunities and problems facing human beings in modern times. From a scientific standpoint, we now lead longer lives than ever before, yet many of us feel that we don't have enough time to accomplish everything we want to do. Technological developments, such as high-speed travel, cell phones, computers, and the Internet would seem to save time, but as the speed and pace of our society increases, we all feel that we have much less than we need.
By combining her knowledge of science with common sense and a woman's unique perspective, Jönsson provides an interesting view of contemporary life and the toll it takes on our bodies and minds. Encouraging us to look forward rather than being nostalgic about the past, Jönsson offers concrete suggestions for preserving our humanity while working and living in the fast lane. With great wisdom and gentle humor, Unwinding the Clock ultimately shows us how to slow down and enjoy the time we have.

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PRAISE FOR UNWINDING THE CLOCK

"How to find a comfortable, productive rhythm for your life in a breakneck-paced, workaholic world."--The Seattle Times
"Makes an easily overlooked point: we must match the need for quick turnaround on life's projects with an awareness of how we individually experience time to create rich personal, social, and cultural environments."--Library Journal

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According to best-selling author and Swedish physicist J nsson, people must learn to internalize time as they live. Computers and other technologies have increased the speed of life and, consequently, she argues, have alienated people from themselves and others. People can better use time by respecting their complex relationship to it, which may entail changing their view of the concept of time. Besides personal reflections, J nsson offers practical suggestions for boosting productivity (e.g., alternating activities and preparing well ahead for various tasks), but readers should note that this is not a time management book. J nsson's sweep is broad but deep, and although her ideas will likely seem foreign to time-crunching Americans, she makes an easily overlooked point: we must match the need for quick turnaround on life's projects with an awareness of how we individually experience time to create rich personal, social, and cultural environments. Recommended for large psychology and philosophy collections in public libraries. Lisa Liquori, Syracuse, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156007603
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1902
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author


Bodil J+nsson is a physicist and the founding director of the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering Research at the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden.

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