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Book chapter

Observing Reality on Different Time Scales

P. 441-462.

In the first part of the paper, I examine cases of acceleration of perception and

cognition and provide my explanation of the mechanism of the e®ect. The explanation

rests on the conception of neuronal temporal frames, or windows of simultaneity. Frames

have di®erent standard durations and yield to stretching and compressing. I suggest it

to be the cause of the e®ect, as well as the ground for di®erences in perceptive time

scales of living beings. In the second part, I apply the conception of temporal frames

to model observation in the extended time scales that reach far beyond the temporal

perceptive niche of individual living beings. Duration of a frame is taken as the basic

parameter setting a particular time scale. By substituting a di®erent frame duration, we

set a hypothetical time scale and emulate observing reality in a wider or a narrower angle

of embracing events in time. I discuss the status of observer in its relation to objective

reality, and examine how reality does change its appearance when observed in di®erent

time scales.