Time has always been the great Given, a fact of existence which
cannot be denied or wished away; but the character of lived time is
changing dramatically. Medical advances extend our longevity, while
digital devices compress time into ever briefer units. We can now
exist in several time-zones simultaneously, but we suffer from
endemic shortages of time. We are working longer hours and blurring
the distinctions between labour and leisure. For many, in an
inversion of the old adage, time has become more valuable than
money. In this look at life's most ineffable element, spanning
fields from biology and culture to psychoanalysis and neuroscience,
Eva Hoffman asks: are we coming to the end of time as we know it?
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