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In my course “Time” I set out to disrupt the connection between cognitive tools used to represent time (clocks and calendars) and experiences of time. This article documents some of the topics and pedagogical methods I use: using unusual due dates for assignments, making the clock look strange, disrupting the idea of “now,” showing how clocks cultivate gullibility, exploring the different hour systems of the past, criticizing clock-based logics used in primatological research, explaining the theory of special relativity, and exploring the political and economic consequences of sleep loss.


This is the accepted manuscript of an article finally published as: Birth, Kevin, "Teaching Time; Disrupting Common Sense," Time and Society. Copyright ©2022, Sage Publications. doi:



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