The Dolls House

A: So, what’s new?
B: I’ve been reading about a particularly interesting experiment carried out with miniature environments.
A: Miniature environments?
B: That’s what the report said – I guess they mean dolls houses.
A: I see. So this was a real report yes?
B: Of course it was. I read it in a book?
A: A full sized book?
B: Absolutely – ‘NLP Made Easy’.
A: So it was in this book?
B: Well, not exactly. The author, Carol Harris refers to another book – ‘The Dance of Life’ by E.T. Hall.
A: Did you know The Dance of Time is a painting by Edvard Munch?
B; No. But back to Mr Hall.
A: E.T.? You are making this up?
B: Wish I were that clever. It’s at the bottom of page 139.
A: So E.T. ran some experiments?
B: Not exactly. Apparently E.T. was quoting an experiment carried out by Alton de Long
A: Of course – a made up name if ever I hear one. So there are copious footnotes and references for this?
B: Not that copious.
A: How copious.
B: None.
A: Long on name. Short on evidence. Do go on…
B: In Alton’s experiment people were asked to run an experiment on time and size.
A: Real people?
B: Yes. They had to sit in front of a miniaturized environment and had to estimate when half an hour had passed.
A: And real, grown up people agreed to this?
B: Alton found that when sitting in front of a 1/12 size dolls house they perceived half an hour had passed in 2.44 minutes ……
A: Almost exactly 1/12 of half an hour. Wow!
B: And when they sat in front of a 1/24 size dolls house …
A: Don’t tell me they guessed it had passed in 1.22 minutes?
B: Close – 1.36 minutes
A: Ah ha 12 seconds out (or less if the full stop represents a decimal point).
B: It seems that the smaller the house the quicker the half hour passed.
A: In the dolls house?
B: In the heads of the real, grown up people who did the experiments that pretended to live in the miniature environments.
A: And the learning here is….
B: Quite phenomenal. If you imagine yourself smaller, then time goes quicker and you can obviously achieve more.
A: I see. So the shorter you are the quicker you could work?
B: I guess so. It has precedents in nature?
A: Really
B: Of course. Have you heard of white dwarfs?
A: Dwarves? Is this something to do with Tolkein?
B: No it’s to do with the cosmos and galaxies.
A: Ah ha
B: Well, time actually goes slower in the middle of a white dwarf.
A: OK
B: When you think about it, it’s obvious.
A: Of course it is.
B: Think of a huge project like The Great Wall of China
A: I’m thinking about it.
B: It took 2000 years to build and it’s 4512 miles long.
A: And…
B: And that took a long time and that was a long wall
A: Oh I see; small = quick, big = slow.
B: So, in theory the smaller you are the more time you have and the more productive you are.
A: The smaller you think you are the more time you have and the more you can achieve.
B: Like ants?
A: Ants?
B: They’re small, and I guess they think they’re small as well and they achieve a lot.
A: Nice logic.
B: Exactly, or amoeba. Think what an amoeba could achieve if it put it’s mind cell to it?
A: Enough now…

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