Einstein's Dreams | Study Guide

Alan Lightman

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Two couples sit at their usual table one evening in the dining room of a hotel where they vacation together here every June. They discuss the weather and horse racing and eat their dinners. Not much new has happened since they met the previous year, and such is the case for people in general; even though time passes not much happens. Thus time seems barely to move at all, since time is linked to events beginning and ending. Either time is hardly moving or people themselves are hardly moving.

Analysis

This dream world shows how time relates to humans' perception of change. The effect of slow-moving time on the two vacationing couples highlights the way time's structure shapes their resistance to change because this glacial time is the only kind of time they have ever known. People's experience of time shapes their feelings about time, as well as their own sense of free will.

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