March 12, 2011

Time Change

 Change your clock - move it ahead one hour before going to bed!

Does anybody really know what time it is?
Not long ago, clocks were considered dangerous. Two of them ticking in the same room, many believed, could bring "sure death." It's easy to see how this belief arose. The clocks were almost certain to disagree, and in the space between two chimings of one hour, uncertainty crept in; the machines' authority was undermined. We don't like to be reminded that clock time is a convenient fiction, Howard Mansfield writes in the New York Times. Daylight saving time, which begins on Sunday, is unsettling in the same way. This tinkering with clocks is our inheritance from a people obsessed with time.
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