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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Time Out

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER is checking a clock.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Time out?

  6. After replacing the clock battery, the longer hand ticks again.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The battery is easily replaceable.

  8. Checking his phone time, Peter adjusts the clock time.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Chronologically, time passes steadily in seconds, minutes and hours.

  10. Peter puts a hand on cheek.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I feel that time is slipping away, particularly when I get older.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Am I right? If so, why? And what can I do?

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter surfs the web.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, physics can explain why time passes faster as one ages. Clock time and mind time are different and they flow at varying rates.

  18. Reading.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Human's perception of time depends on the activities they're engaged in, their age and even how much rest they've.

  20. Reading.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Mind time represents humans' perceived changes in their mental stimuli.

  22. Nodding.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Clock time measuring day-night period is physical.

  24. Reading.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When humans are young and everything is new, they experience lots of new stimuli, time seems to pass slowly.

  26. Nodding.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was young, I felt that I'd all the time in the world.

  28. Reading.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When humans get older, they're less responsive in creating mental images and so they perceive that time passes quickly.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Interesting.

  32. Reading.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When human's brains are tired, they can't process information quickly too.

  34. Reading.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Human's brains degrade as they age...

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I can feel that. I used to have no problem in spelling. But now I rely on the computer's spell checker to prompt me.

  38. Reading.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Degraded brains need more time to process information, and so for those in such a situation, they feel that time is passing faster.

  40. Peter looks out of the window.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh my god! I need a time out.

  42. Act 3


  44. Peter is checking a phone notification.

  45. PETER (V.O.): "When we leave our dog at home and return hours later, does the passage of time seem longer or shorter for the dog compared to human's sense of time?" That's the question.

  46. Peter surfs the web.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): According to one study via an MRI, a dog's smaller brain has all the basic structure as human's.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So a dog's perception of time should be similar to human's mind time. Each dog perceive time differently depending on age and external stimuli.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If there aren't any external stimuli while staying home, would dogs or humans simply have no sense of time?

  52. Pausing.

  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would they therefore become prisoners of time?

  54. Pausing.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Humans and dogs alike, we need time out for some external stimuli so that we'd have a sense of time.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Time is motion on a space. Time units are manifested by ticking of the hands of a clock.

  58. Reading.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I can't rejuvenate myself, for me to perceive time lasting longer, what I can is to make my memory more detailed.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've been doing that all the time. Otherwise, my mind time would pass faster each day.

  62. Checking the clock.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems time out while I concentrate on something else, but...

  64. FADE OUT.

  65. THE END

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