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[In Context] Perspectives on time

19:44 EDT 3 Jul 2017 | The Lancet

You are able to recall the past, imagine the future, and count the passing seconds. Our ability to tell time deserves all the marvel we usually reserve for our other cognitive faculties. Human beings have been telling time for at least as long as we have been able to foresee the advantage that crafting a tool today will bring tomorrow. Whilst it is true that certain members of our extended family in the animal kingdom are able to anticipate future events—jays, for example, demonstrate a remarkable awareness of their food's coming expiry date—human beings undoubtedly possess unrivalled timekeeping abilities.

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