Time Bias - Notre Dame Associate Professor Megan Sullivan



Time is your most precious commodity. Most of us act like we have an infinite supply and our culture wants us to ignore our finitude. Yet we are born with a finite number of minutes, days, and years to live. God in is attributes which include omnipotence and his providential will is coming along side you in all of life. You are truly never alone as your thoughts are an open book to God. Our behaviors and actions are also monitored in the invisible realm and those entities, Angels, Demons also act out and affect and influence our brief lives.


All of us, I know I have, waste time. We e fickle and sinful, selfish, and prideful. All these things including our location and circumstances affect how we view and use up our time.


In her book Time Biases, Megan Sullivan of Notre Dame asks: “Should you care less about your distant future? What about events in your life that have already happened? How should the passage of time affect your planning and assessment of your life? Most of us think it is irrational to ignore the future but completely harmless to dismiss the past. But this book argues that rationality requires temporal neutrality: if you are rational you do not engage in any kind of temporal discounting. The book draws on puzzles about real-life planning to build the case for temporal neutrality. How much should you save for retirement? Does it make sense to cryogenically freeze your brain after death? How much should you ask to be compensated for a past injury? Will climate change make your life meaningless? Meghan Sullivan considers what it is for you to be a person extended over time, how time affects our ability to care about ourselves, and all the ways that our emotions might bias our rational planning. Drawing substantially from work in social psychology, economics and the history of philosophy, the book offers a systematic new theory of rational planning.”


Consider today how you use your time. Is it to the glory of God or is it for a selfish and sinful motive?

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