Imagine a year and four seasons.
What kind of picture is drawing on your head right now?
Do you see the seasons on the dial?
Do the seasons run clockwise or counterclockwise?
Or maybe you see the passage of the year as a thirst that starts at the top and ends at the bottom?
Everyone probably has an opinion on this, but would anyone be able to answer why we perceive the passage of the seasons in such different ways.
Here are a few examples of how people visualize the cycle of the year. Photo: Petri Parkkinen / IS
This very important topic has hardly been studied, but let's try to ask the opinion of Minna Huotilainen, a professor and brain researcher at the University of Helsinki.
- An interesting topic.
Somehow I would like to explain it by the fact that people have seen it as a way to present time somewhere and have embraced it for themselves.
That is, it would not come from scratch in a way.
- As children, we have been visualized this even when we did not yet know what the seasons are.
Huotilainen himself outlines the cycle of the year as follows:
- I see it as a grid that it has three or four months in a row and then three or four months in a column, that is, it progresses from left to right and from top to bottom.
In other words, that's the most boring way to think about these months, Huotilainen says.
The children of Huotilainen have again learned to see the cycle of the year completely differently.
- My children had a kind of cartoon of children where there was a picture of all the seasons and they were in that top-down line that started there in the spring and then came summer and autumn and winter.
There’s one such true typical way to visualize the way you have seen the seasons for the first time.
Professor and brain researcher Minna Huotilainen from the University of Helsinki. Photo: Henri Airo / HS
Many see the passage of the year as a clock face so that the seasons run either clockwise or counterclockwise.
The counterclockwise annual clock arouses astonishment in the researcher.
- It is really difficult to understand how it is possible.
Yes, I can't come up with any explanation for it, because a clockwise clock is such a familiar way for us to structure time.
- But why I can't answer the year backwards, it sounds really strange, but of course also human, that that's what we humans are like, Huotilainen laughs.
According to Huotilainen, for example, left-handedness may help explain counterclockwiseness.
- If you think of left-handed people and ask them to draw a circle, then drawing it in a clockwise circle is not as natural as counterclockwise.
In other words, that too can make a difference.
Clock face people see the year as an ever-circulating continuum, says the researcher.
- I would think that it emphasizes the rhythm that it is autumn now, but this is only one autumn in such a continuum.
That is, in the same way that the hands of the clock revolve around that clock forever, so in the same way those seasons just come and repeat from year to year.
Some, on the other hand, see the cycle of the year as a thirst that begins in January and ends in December.
- Perhaps that line will feel like this life is progressing from point a to point b at an inevitable pace and every step is always a step forward on that line.
While then in that dialer thinking, it’s more like that once again we’re back this fall and soon we’re back in the winter.
In dialect thinking, nothing begins or ends, while in verse thinking there is a clear beginning and end.
- That that dial would be a little more gracious.
Maybe even so that at the point when I’m not here anymore, however, that clock is still circling there and those seasons are changing.
That is, in the sense that if one thinks of that thirst-thinking, then that thirst only ends.
There is no right or wrong way here, but the researcher talks about the different nature of the views.
- The clock could be a more far-sighted way of seeing the world, ie in it a person sees more than just his own life and his own stage of life.
That is, these seasonal cycles happen here regardless of me, and what I do doesn’t affect it in any way.
That is, the world is still spinning its path.
How do you see the passage of the year?
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