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The Transplantable Time-Memory

Something to be looked at again

In the heart-warming Japanese movie “Hachiko”, a dog by that very name day after day heads to the station at precisely the right time the train with his master Professor Ueno in it is expected to pull in. Even after its master’s death, Hachiko continues for many years to be at the station at the correct time, waiting for its master. When I told this to my wife, she said that our cat Pompom would also turn up from somewhere in the garden every afternoon at about the same time to be fed. Well, I suppose the cat’s food ration lasts exactly 24 hours and then the cat’s stomach tells it that it’s feeding time again. So, I replied that my fish in the aquarium also know the time when food is plopped into the tank every morning and that their waiting for it to happen, indicates they are as smart as our cat. Continue reading

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The relativity of age

Time flies – but certainly not at the same speed for everyone

When Albert Einstein developed his “Theory of Relativity”, velocity played an essential role. If two trains, both speeding along at 100 km/h with regard to a stationary person on the ground, run side by side on parallel tracks, then -relative to one another- they do not move at all. If one of the trains is pulling ahead and increases its speed to 150 km/h, it is then travelling at a speed of 50 km/h relative the other, but for passengers in the faster train it looks as if the slower train has been moving backwards. Continue reading