Perhaps some people may feel that the title of this book is but an exaggeration. However, once you get a grasp of its contents, you will find yourself stupefied and filled with relentless admiration for the various natural events discussed in it. Based on his previous book entitled “The Deceptive Nature of Memory,” the writer is here making an attempt to discuss at length the misconceptions man has of “time.” These, he says, are misconceptions of a natural phenomenon which, if seen from a positive standpoint, affirms that nothing, not even a single entity in this universe, is ever endowed with the uniqueness of having “memory,” particularly the kind man possesses.
Is it true that only “man’s memory” is capable of identifying “the past condition,” knowing about “the present condition,” and predicting “the future condition” of the things around us? Is it true that only man’s memory is capable of knowing “the journey” of this universe? What amazes us more is man’s ability to know about things which in their very existence in this universe “are not what they really are.” Man, by his possession of memory, is indeed able to acquire a wealth of knowledge of the things going on in this universe. No wonder then—and this is no exaggeration at all—if some should say that memory, man’s in particular, seen from the positive viewpoint, is “omniscient.”
The Deceptive Nature of Memory has been written in order to enable us to develop a greater sense of awareness of the errors we have been harboring in our assumptions of “time.” This will at least serve as a further encouragement for us to see things in terms of “condition,” more than we do now.