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Tayla Brown

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Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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on Animals’ Perception of Time

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Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Lovely article, but the thought of welcoming in 2020 does seem to be somewhat on the unintelligent side…

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Tayla, what a wonderful blog – I never knew about the animals

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Imteresting blog Tayla. As we get older we do slow down, and it is a good thing. Life is good right now, although we can’t wait for lockdown to end so that we can travel again. We do hope that it is soon, before the end if 2020.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Perhaps I should be more like an elephant, processing information more slowly so that time will “move faster”, so we can all get back to more normalcy.

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

Ah yes, speeding up 2020. That’s a great conclusion! – as long as we fix it before it goes!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

What’s that quote ” The days go slow and the years go fast” – so true! The only way to appreciate it all is to try and stay mindful.

Patrick Smyth
Explorer

Quite an interesting piece, Tayla. I had no knowledge of this Critical Flicker Fusion thingamajig. It’s quite enlightening, so to speak. But, I don’t feel the same way you do about 2020. Here in the States we are finally confronting our apartheid and most people are being honest about it, except our president. But, he’s nuts and he came to power on the undisclosed and unrevealed system which is now being addressed. So, may years like 2020, live on and maybe we can react more quickly to the pains and humiliations that others are feeling in the world and correct them more quickly. Maybe we can each take a step back from our own importance and become smaller in the scheme of things, so we can improve human’s CFF toward each other, and the animals and plants on the planet, as well. In so doing, maybe we can make the changes necessary to arrest climate change. We really need to do that more quickly, too. It’s so sad to see we humans may have lower levels of brain frequency than even that of the blue whale. It takes us so, so, so, so long to respond and make changes that I’m afraid we would never get away from the fly swatter or the whaler – so we became them. Well, in the interest of Time, I will stop here.

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

hahahahahahaha, I absolutely do feel the same. Let’s have 2020 over and done with……..
Thanks for the blog!

Gregg Higgs
Explorer

Very interesting article Tayla. Now I know why I always swing and miss those pesky flies!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Yeah, I’ve always wondered how a hummingbird can come zipping in at top speed to a feeder and land perfectly on the perch without crashing into it.

Laszlo Toth
Explorer

Hi Tayla,
That’s an interesting and thought-provoking story.
I also read somewhere that the perception of time for adults vs. kids is different because 1 year for example is 10% of a lifetime for a 10y old, but only 2% for a 50y old; different perspective…
Thank you again

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

What a refreshing blog to wake up to this morning! I especially love the picture of the children in the sunrise wearing angel wings. It transcends heart warming thoughts and feelings. – Thank you.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Utterly fascinating! An addendum to this research is that in the case of humans in fast paced, seemingly chaotic environments, exceptional performance is directly related to practicing and training the brain/body to react and respond to any number of variables so as to make the environment seem to “slow down” and give far greater chance of success. This is true in sports, improvised music and any number of other environments. Boyd talks about this in terms of tracking and preparation so that when one finds one in a chaotic and dangerous situation, he/she/they already know how to act effectively!

Ana Komljenović
Digital Ranger

Speed up 2020? Why? We all complain about how our days are flying and we’d like to slow them down if we can’t stop them. Well, it’s the perfect opportunity!
2020 is the perfect opportunity to steal time for yourself. Look at the world with other eyes. Get out of your frame and get deeper into yourself

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Tayla thank you for this interesting blog and always good to learn something new. It would certainly be good to speed up 2020 but maybe wishful thinking!

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

What a lovely and interesting piece. I am a bit of a mystic, and mysticism teaches that both time and space are much more malleable than we often think. Science and mysticism are joining forces on this, of late….

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