Why do people under anaesthesia have this sense that no time has passed?

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Mind / Yogic Physiology

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Sadhguru in conversation at the Harvard Medical School


So, I did a little reading about you. And he’s not as uneducated as he would have you believe. He’s actually quite educated. And I was curious because, I think it was back in 1982, you had your first enlightenment experience I think. And, there’s a story here. So you mentioned how it seemed like only 10 or 15 minutes had gone by. But what had happened is you had been out in this state for maybe 4 hours or so, when you came and looked at your watch. This is what people under anaesthesia report all the time. In other words, they have this sense that no time has passed. But they report a very similar phenomena. It seems like they wake up sometimes from anaesthesia and they’ll go, have you started yet? You’re done? They seem quite surprised. So whatever our timekeeping mechanism is, right? It’s different from sleep. It’s noticeable different from sleep because often when you sleep you have a sense of time passing. You know, you went to sleep and you woke up, you may not be able to judge it exactly. But characteristically, under anaesthesia when people come to they feel like no time has passed. Any thoughts?  


Duration: 12:57 min


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