Theory of Subjective Time Perception
To understand the influence of time on the mind, we must first determine its significance. Time is measured and organized by perception - by our minds. We use the term 'time' to define the motion of events, like the events that occurred and the events that are going to occur. In many cases, there are no events that are 'currently happening' because time is constantly moving by, and therefore certain things could either have happend, or are bound to happen. Then again, it is the mind's perception of these events that fuels the very concept of time, and without it, time itself may cease to exist.
In order to understand this ideology, consider the fact that time is bipolar, and based on one's perception. The concept of subjective time perception is theoretical, and cannot be proven scientifically (similar to the concept of death and what comes after), but through common sense and rationale. When a child is born, their perception of time is different from that of an old man or woman. A person on their deathbed will perceive time at a faster rate because their initial reaction to the thought of near death forces them to try and live to a further extent, as creatively illustrated in the novel "The Outsider". Of course this ideology is different from that of the theory of subjective time perception, because the theory itself suggests a different concept.
The theory of subjective time perception suggests that without the mind, time would cease to exist. When a person dies, for example; time will cease to exist, as the mind is incapable of perceiving it. Imagine that every mind in the universe dies; under the circumstances, would time continue to exist? Without a mind to perceive it, time would become meaningless as certain factors such as impatience disappear. Time can be considered bipolar, meaning that for as long as there is life, time will continue to move at the rate of perception of the minds at hand, and as that life fades from existance, time will accelerate to an infinite speed.
If all life in the universe ceased to exist at one point, and then billions of years later it reappeared, then time will have passed by in an unmeasurable instant. Without something to perceive time, it will not have existed. If the last person on earth dies, and is then somehow re-incarnated billions of years later, then he will only have been absent for a moment; at least in his mind. Now we begin to ask ourselves whether reality exists in a universe not perceived by anyone. If all life in the universe ceased to exist, and nothing was left to perceive it, then the same concept of subjective time perception may exist in its case.
Although the concept of infinity may not seem like the proper term to use when trying to measure the time passing by between the moment life in the universe ceases to exist, and the moment it re- incarnates, it is. No perception occurs between these two events, and therefore they are unaccounted for; time does not pass by during that period. With the previous in mind, we can come to the conclusion that time is based on perception, and there is such a thing as the rate of perception. Primitive forms of life perceived time at a different rate than humans do today. Perhaps even species of life on earth living simultaneously during the same time period perceive time at a different rate; unfortunately, this is one of those things that can never be proven or disproven, as we are unable to perceive the world through the eyes of others - in reality, it is the mind that processes this reality, and we will never understand it, as perception is subjective amongst human beings.