It sounds weird, but you are living in the past.
The brain doesn’t work instantaneously. It takes some time for the photons that carry the world we see to transfer their information to the back of our brains. During the time it takes for the chemical click and the neurons to fire, you aren’t really living in the present — it’s passing you by. The only way to get closer to perceiving the present, it turns out, is to run really, really fast.
In the premiere episode of Nerdist’s new weekly science show, Because Science, I explain how the comic book superhero The Flash would be the only person truly living in the now. If his brain couldn’t process information much more quickly — almost instantaneously — his super speed would be for naught, as he would slam into a wall before his neurons told him to stop. With a functionally infinite frame rate, The Flash’s brain samples more from the stream of life than any one.
In Because Science, I’ll be traversing the geeky intersection of science and pop culture every Thursday. And I want to hear from you! You can always find me in the drift, @Sci_Phile.