A is for About time

| March 23, 2014

Manning…
“taken form in the concreteness of time and space. This does not mean that time and space precede them […] events create time and space” (p. 7)

Is time real? If not, how and why do we perceive it as “real”?

According to Manning…

An event is always singular, completely absorbed by its particular iteration. Events are never relational in their actualization: they relate across the nexus of experience in their incipiency – their pastness – or in their perishing – their future-pastness” (p. 7)

…in movement, displacement is not the event, “the event is the composition of space-time that qualitatively alters the topological dimensions of our sensing bodies in movement” (p. 18)

“Events are only events because they perish. It is their perishing that culminates their potential. The perishing is not the end: it propels the preacceleration of a new occasion of experience. Once the subjective form composes itself, the experience has been constituted, and the event is nearing its completion. It has done its work. The feel the elasticity is always to know we are on the edge. When the elastic contracts, we feel at once the perishing of the events and the propulsion of the next preacceleration. This is because the elastic force is as present in its stretching as in its contraction, always stimulating the intensive spiral of a new becoming-movement. Perished actual occasions populate the nexus out of which experience is made. There is no movement that is not nested within another movement with which it is in continuity. As events become and perish, they create openings for new events” (p. 39)