THE METAPHYSICAL VIEW OF TIME
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This book is an attempt to bring together, however inadequately, some of the knowledge about time which has a psychological bearing, and for this purpose it has been necessary to adopt a definite view as to the nature of time. No psychologist can accept time as something objectively real and unchanging, since such a view reduces the experiencing mind to a mere observer, and the variations which are so noticeable a feature of the time-experience become just so many errors and failures in observation. Merely to catalogue the mind's lapses is a dispiriting task. The natural assumption to make is that time is a concept which is built up through individual and racial experience. It is then possible to trace the development of this concept and to note the different forms it takes under different conditions. Divergences from the normal are not errors, but rather curious adaptations to special circumstances. This involves the further assumption that time is subjective, i.e. that it is created by our own minds, and is not something objectively existing like a table, nor is it a quality of objects such as a colour. It may be necessary to say a few words in defence of this assumption.